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Avila Kilmurray

Letter Avila Kilmurray 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Giving peace a chance can pay rich rewards

‘What’s peace got to do with philanthropy?’ A stupid question you may mutter. Of course, peaceful and stable societies are the foundation stone for the vast majority of philanthropic endeavours as Cath Thompson of the …

Opinion Avila Kilmurray 7 August 2019

The collide-o-scope of philanthropy: old patterns shifting to meet new challenges

This article was written for the European Foundation Centre as part of a specially commissioned blog series celebrating Its 30th anniversary. Click here to read more posts from some of the most influential thought-leaders on philanthropy discussing the …

Conference reports 1 Avila Kilmurray 22 January 2016

How Political Aren’t We?

That was the question that was posed at a plenary of the International Human Rights Funders’ Group conference in San Francisco.  Over 120 attendees pondered the boundaries of what might be considered ‘political’, whether with …

Special feature Avila Kilmurray and Jenny Hodgson 1 December 2015

Case study – Community philanthropy chimes with SDGs

Implementing goals, community by community The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have arrived after years of dialogue. Where the earlier Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated in United Nations offices – one was even added as …

Conference reports 1 Avila Kilmurray 25 June 2015

Community foundations offer disaster recovery lessons: is anyone listening?

When the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy focused on the role of community foundations in disaster and emergency relief in July 2014, they had in mind the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the …

Special feature Avila Kilmurray 1 December 2014

Holding it together in Northern Ireland

The societal rollercoaster of political transition can be exhilarating but it is not comfortable. How can philanthropy offer a steadying hand? Over 30 years of political violence a small number of largely UK charitable foundations …

Conference reports Avila Kilmurray 21 October 2014

2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations: Jim Joseph challenges community philanthropy

Ambassador Jim Joseph threw out a challenge to community philanthropy to be authors of a new narrative of social justice during his sterling address at the opening plenary of the Council on Foundations’ Fall Conference …

Special feature Avila Kilmurray 1 September 2013

I participate, you participate, they decide

‘This is how the verb “to participate” is conjugated – I participate, you participate, they decide.’[1] This comment relates to international development aid but could be echoed by grant recipients of many philanthropic programmes. Who …

Special feature Avila Kilmurray 1 December 2010

Taking the flak of unpopularity

Achieving social justice often demands actions that make funders unpopular. For the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI), working through 30 years of violent conflict and a tenuous peace process, a commitment to social justice …

Letter Avila Kilmurray 1 December 2009

When all that glitters is not gold . . .

Reading the sorry saga of the Prešov Community Foundation in the September edition of Alliance, there must have been many who muttered, ‘There but for the grace of God – or Allah, or your chosen …