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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 For Subscribers

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 …

Want to fulfil philanthropy’s potential? Invest in our ecosystem

Nadya Hernandez and Nikita Damle 1 December 2020

For too long philanthropy has failed to recognise the importance of its own support organisations to the development of the field. WINGS and Sattva Consulting have designed a set of tools to address the shortfall …

Alliance survey reveals mental health issues rising in global philanthropy sector

Alliance magazine 24 November 2020

More than half of respondents to an Alliance survey reported that the mental health and well-being of people in their organisation has deteriorated since the Covid-19 pandemic started. This is one of the key findings …

Our investments should not drive the problems we ask grantees to solve

Ellen Dorsey and Dan Chu 17 November 2020

In this moment of great social, economic, and ecological upheaval, it is abundantly clear that we need fundamental and systemic changes to our economy. Fifty years of Milton Friedman’s doctrine of shareholder primacy and maximisation …

Climate movements and funders

Alliance magazine 27 October 2020

If the next decade is a flashpoint for the world’s future, the relationship between climate movements working on the ground and the funders who support them is becoming yet more crucial. An expert panel representing …

Intentional investing

Kate Rogers 6 October 2020

When it comes to effecting positive change, what would be the impact if foundations had the same expectations for their endowments as they did for their grantmaking? As climate and health crises close in, more …