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Myths about new funders

Phil Buchanan 16 August 2017

There are a lot of statements made about ‘new’ donors and how they differ from more ‘established’ older ones. Some are probably true. Many, alas, are myths. The latest statement, which I think falls into …


China Charity Law promotes greater information disclosure

China Foundation Center 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

The social impact of the philanthropy sector in China has grown considerably in the past 10 years, with the number of foundations rising to over 5,000. Today, 90 per cent of foundations publish their annual …


Are giving games a better way to teach philanthropy?

Jon Behar 11 April 2017

Alliance’s recent feature on philanthropy scholarship showcased the growing number of educational opportunities tailored for current and prospective social sector professionals. As Gregory Witkowski described the phenomenon: ‘The development of philanthropy and nonprofit studies programmes …

Payouts ensure philanthropy is not MIA

Krystian Seibert 10 April 2017

As an Australian observer, I have watched with interest the debate playing out in Alliance Magazine on whether UK foundations should have a minimum payout. The debate about minimum payouts for foundations is an important one …

The old ways are dead. It’s time to transform – Bond conference reflections

Amy McGoldrick 31 March 2017

In a world of ever-increasing uncertainty, organisations would be forgiven for feeling tentative and cautious. However, the start of the Bond Annual Conference 2017 declared that this is not an option – instead, civil society …

Time to talk payouts

Charles Keidan 29 March 2017

Foundation payouts – how much a foundation spends as a proportion of their assets each year – might sound obscure and esoteric but the reality is anything but that. In the United States and Australia, a …

Alliance Audio – foundation payouts

Alliance magazine 23 March 2017

Welcome to the inaugural Alliance Audio – new ground for Alliance magazine! This is the first in a new series debating key issues in philanthropy with guests from across the foundation world. In our first …

Philanthropy and access to justice in India

Srijoni Sen 14 March 2017

The most successful experiments in social reform in India have been driven from ‘below’. Prominent examples include the Right to Information grassroots movement that resulted in landmark legislation, and the ‘social audit’ process in MNREGA, …

Internationally engaged foundations: coping with the disabling environment

John Harvey and Andrzej Kozlowski 7 June 2016

As readers of Alliance will be aware (see especially the September 2015 edition), over the past several years, internationally engaged foundations have faced unprecedented challenges from governments around the world. This is just one element …

Tax reform changes the game for schools

Adriano Campolina 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

In September 2015, a remarkable thing happened: nearly every government in the world agreed to reduce inequalities and end gender discrimination. What they didn’t agree on was how. A key part of the ‘how’ is …