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Decolonising ourselves to decolonise philanthropy

Cristal Campillay Alarcón and Paula Riedemann Fuentes 9 August 2022 For Subscribers

On situated knowledge, locus of enunciation, and other migrations – the story of Spain’s Calala Fondo de Mujeres We are a group of diverse women who understand ourselves as a mixed foundation. We are natives …


Impact investing in the endowment: Why do it and how to get started

1 Sarah Teacher 21 June 2022 For Subscribers

In the UK, the largest 300 endowed charitable foundations have over £72 billion in total assets. Yet, despite the field of impact investing originating from within the foundation community, the vast majority of these assets …


China’s super-rich embrace strategic philanthropy

Fu Changbo 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

China’s wealthy elite are beginning to take a long view of the development of Chinese society After more than 40 years of rapid development and reform, China has accumulated a huge amount of social wealth …

How philanthropy can help tackle violent extremism

Eleni Takou and Martin O'Brien 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

The fight against the far-right Golden Dawn group in Greece shows how funders can equip civil society for similar struggles Extremism seems to be on the rise internationally, even in societies where it had appeared …

Get comfortable with discomfort

Ellen Ehmke 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Inequality is a challenging area of work – not the least for philanthropy. Yet, taking a systemic view on inequalities and power imbalances has more to offer than uneasy self-reflection The world’s richest 10 per …

Two years after 2020’s global movement for racial justice, where are we now?

Lori Villarosa, Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, Tynesha McHarris and Fernanda Lopes 24 May 2022 For Subscribers

‘The story of philanthropy since the global protests for racial justice in the summer of 2020 should be understood in the context of the prior decade, if not the past 20 years’, said Lori Villarosa, …

Barriers to talking about nonprofit failures and how to overcome them

Tanaya Jagtiani and Rachita Vora 10 May 2022

In the commercial world, it’s trendy to talk about failing fast and often – and recovering faster. Young companies are constantly pivoting and iterating their products, services, and business models. The business world recognises that …

Funding a movement-led approach to end gender violence in Perú

Chrissy Cattle, Rebecca Hanshaw and Fabiola Quesada-Andrade 19 April 2022

How do you make a difference on the other side of the world? In 2021, the Old Dart Foundation (ODF) embarked on a bold new partnership with Global Fund for Women, investing in a movement-led …

Time to make strategic philanthropy more human-focused

Charlotte Vangsgaard and Mads Holme 22 March 2022

A sea change is underway in the world of philanthropy. The shift is driven partly by the cataclysmic effects of a global pandemic that has wiped out decades of developmental gains over the past few …

Putting power to good use

Bathylle Missika and Laura Abadia 1 March 2022 For Subscribers

Philanthropy is an increasingly significant force in terms of figures for development funding, yet reluctance to make common cause and to measure and account for itself are reducing its effectiveness With $42.5 billion of philanthropic …