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Business of Philanthropy: HRH Prince Charles

10 April 2021
Alliance magazine

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with HRH The Prince of Wales. The pair discuss environmental stewardship, the Terra Carta, and related opportunities for engagement by the next generation. Listen to the full conversation below.


A call for coordination: philanthropy’s response to Covid-19, HIV, and systemic inequalities

9 April 2021
John Barnes and Kali Lindsey

The challenges presented by Covid-19 are not new to people living with, or at risk of HIV. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and Black, Indigenous and people of Colour (BIPOC) communities in the United States—as well as key populations globally — have been disproportionately affected by these same structural and systemic issues for decades. The pandemic didn’t create these inequalities and vulnerabilities, it has only brought them further into focus. A new report …


Help! How do I convince funders to make endowment grants?

8 April 2021

Dear Regi,  I am an old timer in the foundation world, so I am intimately familiar with the inherent power imbalance in the funder-grantee relationship. I want to know how we can interest more foundations in making endowment grants to their flagship grantee partners – a ‘share the wealth’ campaign if you will. We know that an important building block towards long-term sustainability of nonprofits is an endowment. We also know that many of the …


Ford commits $1bn to unrestricted grants for hundreds of organisation in BUILD initiative

7 April 2021
Alliance magazine

The Ford Foundation today announced an extension of its BUILD Initiative with a pledge of $1 billion. The expansion of the programme will allow it to serve up to 300 grantees with unrestricted funding. The 2015 Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) initiative has provided $1 billion dollars in flexible funding to social justice organisations around the world to help them more effectively achieve their core goals and build their resilience for the long term. The …


Survey: What has had the greatest impact on philanthropy over the last 25 years?

6 April 2021
Alliance magazine

As part of Alliance magazine’s anniversary celebrations, we want to know your views on the greatest philanthropic initiatives over the …


The gift of being heard and working in partnership

5 April 2021
Gwen Shivers and Pam Savoy-Weaver

It can be easy to invest money in an attempt to fix problems. But money alone can’t build trust or …

Practical advice

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: leveraging and creatively using resources

4 April 2021
Leslie Pine

There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase ‘time, talent, and treasure’ when it comes to philanthropy. Many in the …

Conference reports

The right-hand missing problem

3 April 2021
Livija Rojc Štremfelj

Having enjoyed the first ERNOP Science and Society Seminar on Sustaining Voluntary Energy by Professor Lucas Meys from Rotterdam School …

Conference reports

Sustaining volunteer energy when fuel capacity is low

2 April 2021
Gabriella Civico

Considering the topic of the first ERNOP Science and Society Seminar, I cannot help noticing that the comparison of volunteers …


Ford Foundation commits $15 million to Black Feminist Fund

1 April 2021
Elika Roohi

The Ford Foundation has announced a commitment of $15 million to launch a new philanthropic fund focused on efforts to …


Fund movements on the ground to keep fossil fuels in the ground

1 April 2021
Katie Redford

Last month, I went to northern Minnesota to stand with water protectors and land defenders in protest against Enbridge’s Line …


The Covid-19 grassroots justice fund that invests in people-led justice solutions

31 March 2021
Abigail Moy

In the shadow of the pandemic, injustices are deepening. Migrant workers are laid off from jobs yet unable to travel …


The Lemann Foundation and the case of the AstraZeneca vaccine

30 March 2021
Charles Keidan

What gives philanthropy its social license to operate? That’s a question which Australian philanthropy scholar, commentator and Alliance editorial board …