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Reflections on building a learning culture in nonprofits and funders

Joachim Krapels, Julie Bélanger and Loïc Watine 19 October 2021

Imagine you are a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) leader in an international NGO. You’re on the phone with a colleague from the programme team in your organisation: Colleague: Donor X is interested in livelihood …


Bending the arc of philanthropy towards justice

Maria Chertok, Caroline Hartnell, Charles Keidan, Elika Roohi and Ingrid Srinath 31 August 2021

Philanthropy has changed a lot, but you don’t see how your own child grows Our field has undergone profound shifts in the last 25 years amounting to a quiet revolution. Put crudely, international philanthropy a …


25th anniversary reader survey

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

Alliance survey exclusive: Gates and Ford top perceptions of the foundations with the most positive impact worldwide Worldwide survey of Alliance readers identifies the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ford Foundation as having the …

25 years of philanthropy

Barry Knight 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

From the flourishing of civil society to the fall of philanthrocapitalism and shift to a more trust-based philanthropy, our field has changed considerably in the last 25 years Alliance was born into an age of …

Watchwords and catchwords

Andrew Milner 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

A sideways glance at the evolution of the language of philanthropy over the last two-and-a-half decades As the practice of philanthropy has changed over the last 25 years, so has the language it uses to …

Professionals of humility

Benjamin Bellegy 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

The professionalisation of our field is gathering pace but we must never abandon the art of philanthropy It is no scoop to say that philanthropy has rapidly and deeply professionalised over the past decades. Actually, …

The explosion of online giving

Ingrid Srinath 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

Although online giving may have proliferated hugely already, its true potential lies in the years ahead When Alliance magazine ran its first feature article on e-philanthropy on 1 September 2001, it could not have anticipated …

The maturing of Chinese giving

Tao Ze 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

Over the last quarter century, China’s philanthropy ecosystem has become more transparent, diverse and digitalised In 1996, there were about 200,000 non-profit organisations (NPOs) registered in China which raised half a billion dollars in annual …

Where will the focus fall?

Alliance magazine 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

Philanthropists and practitioners, some of whom were starting out at the same time as Alliance was commencing its own 25-year journey, tell Andrew Milner where they are hoping the philanthropic spotlight will shine during the …

Elite philanthropy in Africa

Bhekinkosi Moyo 31 August 2021 For Subscribers

Wealthy Africans should do much more to solve the continent’s problems as inequality continues to grow There seems to be no limit to the growth of inequality in the world in general, and in Africa …