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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 For Subscribers

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 …


Can philanthropy tackle social polarisation? Lessons from France

Anne Lescot and Jean-Marie Destrée 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Six years ago, a group of French foundations joined forces to help tackle social polarisation and create a more inclusive society. What has their collaboration achieved? A few days after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo …

Mapping the evidence to improve grantmaking in child protection

Caroline Fiennes, Isabel de Bruin Cardoso and Joachim Krapels 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Porticus has been using rigorous published evidence and experiential learning to increase its effectiveness. Here’s the story so far In order to make its grantmaking in child protection more effective, Porticus, an international philanthropic organisation …

Facing disruption together: what can be learned from Covid’s impact

Elisa Peter 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

The strongest response to a crisis is a collective one, with agility and strategic reflection at the forefront – and this means funders, too We had just finalised our global Vision 2025 strategy at Publish …

When Covid came for Africa’s third sector

Shaninomi Eribo 16 February 2021 For Subscribers

Almost a year ago, the widespread outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the fragile state of health infrastructure in most African countries. As infections spread across the continent, the ability of national …

What is the role of philanthropy in lobbying and policy-making?

Alliance magazine 9 February 2021 For Subscribers

As the global philanthropy sector has grown in complexity, so too has the intersection of philanthropy and law. Ahead of Alliance magazine’s March issue on law and philanthropy, we wanted to understand how the philanthropic …

What can philanthropy do for the climate? Strategic pathways for climate giving

Eléonore Delanoë, Arthur Gautier and Anne-Claire Pache 19 January 2021

Was 2020 the year that philanthropy recognised the part it had to play in the climate crisis? Though marked by other crises, it was a year of banner funding pledges for climate: in February 2020, …

Beyond neutrality

Alison Carlman 1 December 2020

When it comes to ethical choices, you can’t hide behind neutrality. GlobalGiving has been exploring a new way of dealing with ethical dilemmas that is not based on black-and-white judgments. GlobalGiving connects non-profits, donors and …

Community counts

Marcy Kelley, Gabriela Boyer and Rebecca Nelson 1 December 2020

Valuing – and accounting for – what community groups bring to a grant can pay dividends in terms of its impact and sustainability Haiti has proved difficult terrain for international funders, with many development projects …