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Andrew Milner

Analysis Andrew Milner 5 March 2019

The state of French philanthropy

It’s an auspicious moment for philanthropy in France but the sector is still finding its feet In May, the European Foundation Centre will hold its annual conference in Paris and 2019 also marks the 50th …

Special feature Andrew Milner 5 March 2019

Systems change in effect

The work of funders is as varied as the systems they are hoping to change. Andrew Milner profiles a selection of donors and organisations taking a more systemic approach Bertha Foundation, UK Founded in 2009 …

Opinion Andrew Milner 18 February 2019

New narrative? No thanks

Imagine my embarrassment! A word whose meaning I thought I’d known all along and I was wrong – at least, as far as philanthropy’s construction of it is concerned. It turns out that what people …

Interview Andrew Milner 12 February 2019

Interview: Xu Yongguang, Narada Foundation

Founded in May 2007 by Zhou Qingzhi and Xu Yongguang, at a time when most of the country’s existing foundations were operating foundations, Narada Foundation was the first grantmaking foundation in China dedicated to providing …

Opinion Andrew Milner 17 December 2018

The three giants – a parable…or possibly a conundrum

In a remote time and place – it might have been anywhere – there was a village. The villagers cultivated their fields, harvested their crops and suffered the usual pains and pleasures people do. Then …

Special feature Andrew Milner 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

The world of royal foundations and philanthropy

Philanthropic initiatives are funded, undertaken or inspired by members of royal families around the world. Alliance associate editor Andrew Milner profiles royal philanthropy in its various shapes and forms The Noor Al Hussein Foundation, Jordan …

Analysis Andrew Milner 27 November 2018

Olga and onwards

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize was inaugurated in 2013 to reward and stimulate the development of philanthropy in emerging market economies. How has philanthropy fared in the countries from which Prize nominees have come over …

Analysis Andrew Milner 6 November 2018

Transformative…but for good or ill? Corporate philanthropy in India in the era of mandatory CSR

Over the last five years, Indian corporate philanthropy has been transformed by the introduction of mandatory CSR contributions for companies over a certain size, so much so that, to all intents and purposes, the one …

Opinion Andrew Milner 6 October 2018

Not all social enterprises are the same

In Amitabh Behar’s recent Philanthropy Thinker column, he sees – and deplores – the rise of a new form of non-profit organisation (NPO) which is ‘located in the market’ and attempts to impose simplistic, often …

Interview Andrew Milner 11 September 2018

Interview: Annie Chen, RS Group, Hong Kong

At the forefront of the fast-developing social investment sector in Asia are organisations like RS Group. Neither a typical investment house, nor a typical philanthropic institution, yet it makes both grants and investments. At the …