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The new African philanthropy

Elizabeth Coleman and 22 November 2016

African philanthropic institutions are demonstrating how donors can more effectively foster independent action and strengthen movements for change. This different approach may hold the key to durable development on the continent. Although many donors recognize that …

Report calls on foundation umbrella body to lead on data

Alliance magazine 10 November 2016

Grant-making needs to take a lead from other sectors and start seeing data as a valuable resource, research by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has found. NPC’s recent report ‘Valuing data: how to use it in …

EVPA release their European ‘State of Venture Philanthropy’ findings

Alliance magazine 10 November 2016

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) have released findings from their fifth annual survey, polling 108 venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI) organisations based in Europe, investing both in Europe and globally, to uncover the …

Reconciliation as a driver for engaged philanthropy

Michael Alberg-Seberich 9 November 2016

From 1st till 3rd November,  the members of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) gathered for their bi-annual conference in Vancouver. From an outsider’s perspective, this was not the usual philanthropy conference. It was a very thoughtful, energetic …

Impact Investment – now a global movement

1 Cliff Prior 25 July 2016

‘Let’s do it – people’s lives depend on it.’ That was the opening line from Big Society Capital founder Sir Ronald Cohen, by video to the Global Impact Investment Plenary in Lisbon: a gathering of …

See yourself as others see you

Amy Arbreton 7 June 2016

Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger’s opinion piece in the March issue raises important points about the value of independent specialists, feedback from beneficiaries and systemic reviews. I’ve seen firsthand the value of independent assessments, both …

Taking a pragmatic view of impact assessment

Pieter Stemerding 7 June 2016

We recognize the challenges for impact measurement described in Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger’s article in the March 2016 issue of Alliance. Adessium Foundation is focused on generating impact across a variety of issues and …

Living in the age of the ‘impact enlightenment’

Brian Walsh 19 May 2016

During the 18th century Enlightenment in Europe, scientific rigor – with evidenced-based explorations for how the world worked – challenged superstitious beliefs. Reason, not tradition, came to dominate as the primary source of authority and …

Another response to Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger’s mea culpa

4 Genevieve Maitland Hudson 31 March 2016

In a recent article for Alliance Magazine Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger say a mea culpa for the impact revolution in social programmes and suggest two ways in which we ought to work in the …

Oops: we made the non-profit impact revolution go wrong

2 Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger 15 March 2016

The non-profit ‘impact revolution’– over a decade’s work to increase the impact of non-profits – has gone in the wrong direction. As veterans and cheerleaders of the revolution, we are both part of that. Here …