Author Archive:

Charles Keidan

Editorial Charles Keidan 1 September 2020

The Hewlett way

The philanthropic world is facing mounting challenges. As the impacts of climate change, inequality, global pandemics and authoritarian populism increase, foundations are being called on and, in some cases, called out more than ever. At …

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 28 August 2020

‘Frustrated’ Hewlett chief hits out at philanthropy sector ‘virtue signalling’

Alliance exclusive – The CEO of one of the world’s leading foundations and climate funders has condemned ‘virtue signalling’ demands for foundations to divest from fossil fuels, suggested that calls for everyone to spend more …

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 11 June 2020

Foundation leader criticises sector response to BAME community

One of British philanthropy’s leading professionals has warned that foundations risk being on the ‘wrong side of history’ when it comes to racial justice. Writing for Alliance today, Fozia Irfan, who is CEO of the …

Editorial Charles Keidan 2 June 2020

In this moment of crisis, philanthropy should get behind social movements

I’m writing this introduction to our June issue as the aftermath of the global coronavirus pandemic continues to engulf the world. As I write in late April, my children have been off school and nursery …

Interview Charles Keidan 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Interview: Antonio Zappulla

Charles Keidan talks to Antonio Zappulla of the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) about how it uses its media and legal expertise to drive systemic change. CK: You became CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation in …

Interview Charles Keidan 21 April 2020

Interview: David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum

The United Philanthropy Forum (UPF) has brought together many of the US’s infrastructure bodies in a meta-network. Does its CEO, David Biemesderfer, see a European parallel in European philanthropy body, DAFNE? He sat down with …

Analysis Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 16 April 2020

COVID-19 Crisis: Philanthropy faces a major dilemma as need increases but endowments shrink

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads through the world, it has created in its wake a pressing need from almost every segment of society. The world of philanthropy has made donations both large and small to fight …

Interview Charles Keidan 7 April 2020

Interview: Rana Kotan, TUSEV

At the end of this year’s PEXforum in Madrid, it was announced that next year’s event will be held in Turkey. So it was an opportune moment for Charles Keidan to talk to Rana Kotan …

Interview Charles Keidan 31 March 2020

Interview: Alberto Alemanno, The Good Lobby

Foundations have traditionally been shy about engaging with public authorities and lobbying decision-makers. Ironically, believes Alberto Alemanno, one of the effects is that philanthropy has indirectly contributed to the social divisions it often aspires to …

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 27 March 2020

Julia and Hans Rausing commit £16.5 million to tackle COVID-19

Philanthropists Julia and Hans Rausing announced that they are giving £16.5 million to charities and causes in the United Kingdom working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic – the largest UK pledge to date from individual …