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Does philanthropy have too much influence? Or not enough?

Alliance magazine 13 July 2021 For Subscribers

Pandemic response around the globe has elevated and centred philanthropy, causing many bystanders to pay attention to the sector for the first time. From recognising the influence of the Gates Foundation on global public health …


Can Co-Leadership be the future of philanthropy?

Donika Dimovska, Simon Sommer and Fabio Segura 14 June 2021

The current global pandemic has reinforced the reality that we live in a highly complex, ever-changing world, and that if we have any chance of tackling some of the big global challenges ahead of us, …


1,000 days to make a difference

José Luiz Setubal and Marcos Kisil 1 June 2021

Structural racism in Brazil defines the life and health of its Afro-descendant population from childhood onwards. One foundation has set out to change that Over the past three decades, scientific research has confirmed that the …

Sizing up the challenge

1 Michael Feigelson 1 June 2021

How an ambitious quest to scale up its impact inspired a Dutch foundation to change the way it does business  In late 2014 I was appointed executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a …

Leaving it to trust

1 Pamala Wiepking 1 June 2021

Unrestricted funding has been more talked about than practised by foundations. A new professorship in the Netherlands aims to get to the bottom of what its benefits – and its drawbacks – really are Recent …

A new era of corporate impact

Karoline Heitmann, Lonneke Roza, Alessia Gianoncelli and Steven Serneels 25 May 2021

How companies and corporate social investors can deepen, scale or broaden their collective impact. Philanthropists and impact investors play a major role in driving systemic change and cross-sector collaborations for a more sustainable positive impact …

Uprooting racism in grantmaking

1 Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan and Kate Hitchcock 17 May 2021

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan, and Kate Hitchcock reflect on key learnings from some uncomfortable conversations about racism among European foundations, led by Healing Solidarity. We had the opportunity to participate in …

Supporting young people to reclaim the future

1 Next Generation Climate Board 11 May 2021

Bold and creative young climate activists lead transformations to combat the climate crisis: we need philanthropy to match this boldness and invest in us Our earth is borrowed from the next generation. We have to …

Are foundations willing to give up power?

Alliance magazine 27 April 2021 For Subscribers

‘In our society money brings power, and the power of philanthropy is just another aspect of that,’ reads the editorial to Alliance magazine’s September 2013 issue, ‘Philanthropy and Power’. Has anything changed since this issue …

Curiosity over certainty: a learning approach to grantmaking

Natasha Joshi 30 March 2021

In the work of creating a gender-equitable society, men play an essential role – this is labour that women should not and cannot shoulder alone. But in virtually every society, the traditional framing of empowerment …