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Evolving donor practices give rise to optimism

25 September 2021
Michael D. Layton

First, I have to acknowledge the effort that went into planning and executing the Symposium. The talented people at the New England International Donors (NEID) and The Philanthropy Initiative (TPI) were incredibly thoughtful and intentional in putting together topics and speakers on the most important issues facing international philanthropy. This brings me to the question for this post: what are the most important takeaways from the Symposium? For me, the Symposium offered three lessons: confirmation …

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Lessons on listening

25 September 2021
Lee Pelton

It’s all about listening. As I had the honour of talking with Theo Sowa, co-chair of the Equality Fund, during our keynote session at the Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium, that word, listening, resonated again and again. Too often, she noted, we ask those whom we seek to support only questions about the problems they face, not about the solutions they might embrace. We ask them, as Theo put it, about their victimhood. But too …

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We need ears to the ground to achieve global change

24 September 2021
Karen Keating Ansara

 ‘It’s important for us all to become aware of how we listen, what we listen to and how this affects what we do.’ – Theo Sowa, Co-Chair, The Equality Fund Philanthropy is inherently shaped – not only by strategy and performance metrics – but by the quality of our relationships.  That became ever so clear to me as I listened to the three keynote speakers during the virtual Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium in September.[i]  …

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Make communities thrive, not just survive, through flexible funding

24 September 2021
Deval Sanghavi

While many in North America and Europe have had the privilege of being double vaccinated, and schools and offices are slowly reopening making individual feel like the worst is now behind them, it was clear from over 90 global speakers participating in the Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium – co-hosted by New England International Donors and The Philanthropic Initiative – that the situation for the majority of the world is nowhere close to pre-COVID times; …


Philanthropic action on climate has been too slow – is the rise of green intermediates the answer?

23 September 2021
Isabelle Gerretsen

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a profoundly alarming warning last month: human activities are altering the …

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Power of networks can be a beacon for women and girls

22 September 2021
Jane Sloane

The fall of Afghanistan was on the minds of those who joined our Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium session on …

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How to stop making assumptions and accelerate community-led change

22 September 2021
Hannah Lee

This article is part of a series of articles about Community-Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy …

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How do we speak about modern grant-making?

21 September 2021
Jasmine Awad

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Alliance magazine’s first in-person event of the year to celebrate its 100th …


The ocean is our global heirloom: Philanthropy needs to treat (and fund) it that way

21 September 2021
Conniel Malek

The ocean is our global commons, our birthright, our collective heritage, and our heirloom. This concept is enshrined under international …

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Flexible funding is the right way forward – but we still need to measure impact

20 September 2021
Sarah Denselow and Seth Reynolds

One of the healthiest shifts we’ve seen from this pandemic has been the rise of more flexible trust-based forms of grant-making. But this …


Business of Philanthropy: Sir Ronald Cohen

19 September 2021
Alliance magazine

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for …


Funding networks: Answering the what, why, and how

18 September 2021
Kerstin Tebbe

Networks often require donor funding to undertake activities to achieve their visions and missions. But, as we so often hear …


Rattling the Cages: Helping the world to see clearly

17 September 2021
James Chen

In 1962 the idea of putting a man on the moon was a pipe dream. Yet seven years later, the …