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Funders need to use knowledge and exert influence

Lena Baumgartner 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The topic at the last Alliance breakfast club, How much influence does philanthropy have? provoked much debate. One of the speakers, Linsey McGoey, used the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to illustrate her argument. The author of …


Dark Money by Jane Mayer – Reviewed by Alison Goldsworthy

Alison Goldsworthy 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Alison Goldsworthy Jane Mayer’s newly released book weaves an excellent story, tracing the increasing amounts of money involved in US politics and their effects. Starting with the poster boys of radical right fundraising, …


Choose carefully: thoughts on philanthropy’s bankers

Karin Jestin 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Passionately convinced of the need to advance philanthropy, I welcome banks’ engagement on this issue, as highlighted in the article on banks acting as philanthropy advisers in the September 2016 issue of Alliance. The more …

Who gets to define philanthropy?

Linsey McGoey 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

In May, the worldwide media gleefully reported an unexpected twist in a story that had scooped headlines for months. The story emerged in the weeks after Terry Bollea, otherwise known as Hulk Hogan, had been …

Insights from Just Giving 2016: Newly published conference report

Edge Funders 8 July 2016

This April, 250 donors, funders, and civil society allies came together for the 16th Annual Just Giving conference to deepen our mutual understanding of Just Transition narratives and practice. This was a very different Just …

Challenging cynicism about philanthropy

Angela Kail and NPC 23 June 2016

Watching the coverage of people discussing their decision on how to vote in the EU referendum, there is a repeated theme of not trusting people, especially ‘experts’. If anyone says anything that you disagree with, …

2016 BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index

Alliance magazine 19 April 2016

The fourth edition of the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index has been released.  It measures and reflects the commitment of philanthropists in four regions – Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. The Index …

International giving analysis finds no significant link between a number of taxation measures and the amount people donate to charity

Alliance magazine 3 February 2016

Government spending and overall tax burden appear to bear no significant correlation to how much money people in a country give to charity, according to new international data analysis by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) …

Mixed reviews for Zuckerberg and Chan

Alliance magazine 19 January 2016

‘Your life should be dramatically better than ours today. We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children …

Are today’s donors different?

Timothy Ogden 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

If you’ve heard it (or read it) once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: ‘Today’s donors are different.’ Left at that, the statement would be true, if innocuous and obvious. Every generation of donors will …