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Grant from Inter-American Foundation will support civil society infrastructure in Latin America

7 August 2022
Alliance magazine

The Inter-American Foundation is prioritising civic engagement, human rights, and community resource mobilisation in Latin America with a grant to Federación Red Argentina para la Cooperación Internacional (RACI). ‘Restrictions to civil society and civic engagement across many Latin American countries, [and are] reducing government and private sector transparency and accountability by dampening citizen oversight,’ said the Foundation in a statement. To combat trends to weaken participatory democratic processes and increasing economic and social exclusion of …

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Sri Lanka crisis: Philanthropies stepping up but more needed urgently, says UN

6 August 2022
Alliance magazine

People in Sri Lanka have been struggling with daily power cuts, inflation of more than 50 per cent, and shortages of basics, such as fuel, food, and medicines. These crises led to widespread protests in the country in July, with the President fleeing to the Maldives last month. Philanthropies and charitable organisations have been stepping up to meet the need in Sri Lanka. The UN World Food Programme launched an emergency response in Sri Lanka …

Opinion

How to do philanthropy strategically in a messy world

5 August 2022
Devon Kearney

I muttered and cursed on the subway the first time I read Paul Brest’s The Power of Theories of Change. It was the heyday of the Strategic Philanthropy movement, talk of measuring impact was everywhere, and Brest’s article seemed to sum up something essential to the movement. It was not just deeply, but triumphantly wrong. Strategic Philanthropy may have lost some steam since Brest’s clarion call for more rigorous impact evaluation, but the era of …

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Cambridge study: Strategic philanthropy doing well in Saudi Arabia

4 August 2022
Alliance magazine

Giving in Saudi Arabia has been highlighted as a noteworthy example of strategic philanthropy by a new report from the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. ‘Systems Change in Philanthropy for Development: A Research Framework for Global Growth Markets’ was authored by Dr Shonali Banerjee, Research Associate at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy and Guest Editor of Alliance magazine’s upcoming issue on decolonising philanthropy. The study recommends that philanthropists …

Opinion

Philanthropy can advance business for good around climate ambitions and beyond

3 August 2022
Social Innovation Exchange

A new way of thinking about corporate purpose and climate risks Businesses have an important role to play in transitioning …

Opinion

Refusing donations: The legal lessons to learn from Prince Charles accepting Bin Laden family money

2 August 2022
John Picton

Revelations that Prince Charles privately brokered a £1 million charity payment from the family of Osama bin Laden throw an …

Opinion

Healing ourselves: Philanthropy’s role in building global reconstructive surgical capacity

1 August 2022
Dr Seif Nuru

A few years ago, an 8-year-old boy named Jonah arrived at my hospital in Itigi, Tanzania. As a toddler, Jonah’s …

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Prince Charles accepted £1m from bin Laden’s brothers, funnels it into his philanthropies

1 August 2022
Alliance magazine

The heir to the British throne accepted £1 million from the family of Osama bin Laden which was then deposited …

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$25m from IKEA foundation to promote climate-friendly cooling

31 July 2022
Alliance magazine

About 10 air conditioners will be sold every second for the next 30 years as demand for cooling systems skyrockets …

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Black Philanthropy Month Brazil Summit will consider Brazil’s Black history

30 July 2022
Alliance magazine

A free online event, hosted by the Group of Institutes, Foundations, and Companies (GIFE) and the WISE Fund, will be …

Opinion

Prostitution is a racial justice issue

29 July 2022
Vednita Carter

I was raised by my grandmother. She was a faithful woman, very involved in the church. Some of my earliest …

Opinion

Trusted partnership: pushing the boundaries of traditional grant-making and trust-based philanthropy

28 July 2022
Anna Hirsch-Holland

Trust-based philanthropy has been critiqued for emphasizing unrestricted funding to the detriment of ‘criteria- and data-driven’ (thereby ‘unbiased’) funding. Its …

Opinion

Philanthropy must engage with the ‘Action For Climate Empowerment’ agenda

27 July 2022
Alice Amorim and Amiera Sawas

A global transformation which is just, rapid, and in line with reducing warming to under 1.5 degrees Celsius is not …