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Barry Knight

Analysis 1 Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 16 December 2014

Community philanthropy and a new model of development

What role can community philanthropy play in development post-2015? Comments on Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight’s article come from Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Romania, the UK and the US. As discussion hots up around the United …

Analysis Caroline Hartnell, Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 18 August 2014

Strategic or emergent: why are we stuck in the swimming pool?

Gerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre, once commented: ‘Philanthropy tends to get stuck in the swimming pool, when the real action is in the sea.’ The recent controversy about strategic philanthropy and …

Special feature Barry Knight and Jenny Hodgson 1 March 2014

Bringing grantmaking in from the cold

Increasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism …

Special feature Barry Knight 1 June 2013

Good sibling, bad sibling: philanthropy and inequality

Increased concentration of wealth and increasing inequality are the conditions likely to give rise to philanthropy. This was true with Carnegie and Rockefeller in the US and it seems to be true in the BRICS …

Special feature 1 Barry Knight 1 June 2012

Risky business: the survey

A session on ‘Risky Business’ at the European Foundation Centre (EFC) conference this month will explore the relationship between risk and creativity. In preparation for the session, Selim Iltus and Barry Knight surveyed EFC member …

Conference Report Barry Knight 1 June 2012 For Subscribers

Exciting times for philanthropy in Brazil

During the recent GIFE conference in Brazil (26-30 March), someone turned to me and said that the discussions at the conference reminded him of the United States during the 1960s: optimism, energy, openness to doing …

Conference reports Barry Knight 20 April 2012

Exciting times for philanthropy in Brazil

During the recent GIFE conference in Brazil (26-30 March), someone turned to me and said that the discussions at the conference reminded him of the United States during the 1960s: optimism, energy, openness to doing things …

Analysis Barry Knight 1 March 2012

Bread, freedom and social justice

Philanthropy in the Arab world can never be the same again. No longer will it be possible to smooch up to authoritarian governments by performing charitable acts. Foundations will have to play their full part …

Analysis Barry Knight 1 March 2012

Bringing community philanthropy to the next stage

Over the past year, the Aga Khan Foundation (USA) and the C S Mott Foundation have consulted the field about how to develop community philanthropy. A new report, The Value of Community Philanthropy, suggests ways …

Special feature Barry Knight 1 March 2011 For Subscribers

Reframing the collaboration debate

The word ‘collaboration’ is the latest buzzword for foundations. It is used in many situations, both formal and informal, where foundations try to achieve things together. So what do we mean by collaboration? When does …