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Charles Keidan

Analysis Charles Keidan 16 November 2022

The UK’s economic turmoil is a hit to philanthropy’s reputation

The economic turmoil caused by Liz Truss’ brief leadership in the UK will have a lasting impact on the reputation of philanthropists. Here’s what the sector can do to turn that around. On the evening …

Interview Charles Keidan 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

‘It’s time to speak out’: an interview with Philanthropy Roundtable’s Elise Westhoff

Widely seen as a conservative force, the Philanthropy Roundtable has increasingly given voice to perspectives which differ from the sector’s liberal establishment. In this exclusive interview, president and CEO, Elise Westhoff tells Charles Keidan why …

Editorial Charles Keidan 6 September 2022

Beware the pitfalls of playing a blame game

As philanthropists gain greater visibility, a wider philanthropic ecosystem is evolving to develop their practice and represent their interests. No doubt a major driver of this trend is a surge of wealth creation – and …

Opinion Charles Keidan 12 July 2022

Philanthropy is ripe for change: I explore how on Philanthropisms podcast

There is no typical career journey in philanthropy. Routes into and out of leadership roles are many and varied. I was reminded of that when I spoke recently to Rhodri Davies’s Philanthropisms podcast about my …

Interview Charles Keidan 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Europe’s philanthropy man: speaking with Luc Tayart de Borms

There are few people who personify European philanthropy better than Luc Tayart de Borms. Managing director of Belgium’s King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), a founding member and chair of the European Foundation Centre (now Philea), and …

Editorial 1 Charles Keidan 31 May 2022

My decade of faliure

Everyone has their own experience of professional failure – each in their own way. Mine was at the end of 2012 when I said goodbye to my colleagues at the Pears Foundation for the last …

Editorial 3 Charles Keidan 6 April 2022

Is the trust-based philanthropy bubble about to burst?

If trust-based philanthropy is the new orthodoxy sweeping the philanthropic world, then MacKenzie Scott is its undisputed champion. Scott has turned the institutional philanthropy model on its head donating over $12 billion to nonprofits over …

News Charles Keidan and Elika Roohi 22 March 2022

UK foundations failing at diversity, suggests new research

An analysis of 100 foundations in the UK found that on average, most foundations have poor practice when it comes to diversity. This finding was published in Foundation Practice Rating, a detailed assessment of foundation …

Analysis Charles Keidan 4 March 2022

An unexpected impact from Russia’s Ukraine offensive? Philanthropy’s football moment

News from the football world spilled over into philanthropy last week when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich announced that ‘stewardship and care’ of Chelsea Football Club was being handed over to trustees of the football club’s …

Editorial Charles Keidan 1 March 2022

An agenda for mental health philanthropy

Many of you reading this, like myself, will have struggled with mental ill health at some point in your life or given support to a loved one who has.   Whether you’ve experienced anxiety, depression, disordered …