What makes an effective foundation?

Alliance magazine

Welcome to the fourth Alliance Audio.
This is the latest in a new series debating key issues in philanthropy with guests from across the foundation world.

In this podcast Alliance editor Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Dan Corry, chief executive of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital, and Paul Streets, the chief executive of corporate funder, the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

(L-R) Paul Streets, Dan Corry, and Charles Keidan.

The value of foundation grants to the voluntary sector now exceeds grants made by government; this makes foundations a potentially powerful force in society.

Yet Dan Corry and Paul Streets argue that foundations are falling short in two main areas – failing to provide the core funding which grantees need, and not being bold enough in speaking out and acting as agents of change themselves.

The discussion touches on the transparency of foundations, the level of support they give to grantees, the importance of core funding, and the current state of trust across philanthropic institutions.

Production – Kathryn Murrell, Alliance’s Communications Officer.

For further reading on the debate, see Dan Corry and Paul Streets’ joint provocation paper ‘Grant-makers must learn new tricks‘.

Comments (1)

Nightmare Kart

Relying on multiple funding streams reduces vulnerability to financial shocks. This can include donations, grants, investments, and fundraising events.

Connections Unlimited

A strong foundation is built to withstand various external forces, including the weight of the structure itself, environmental factors like wind and earthquakes, and changes in soil conditions. It should be designed and constructed using appropriate materials and techniques to ensure long-term stability.

drift hunters

To create a more enabling regulatory and fiscal framework for citizens' organizations/NGOs, beginning with a multi-stakeholder consultative process to build a consensus and confidence for such a framework.

Inga Wachsmann

Thanks a lot for bringing together many arguments illustrated by concrete examples why core funding and long term partnerships are important. You highlight transparency as important ingredient to our work supporting risky and advocacy work. Complexity of our work grows even further these days with transparency being a risk to grantees. Looking forward to another piece of your conversation on strategies between transparency and protection of our grantees.

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