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Charles Keidan

Conference reports Charles Keidan 4 February 2020

European philanthropy networks up their game

What happens when you bring philanthropy wonks together, roughly divided into two groups, to spend quality time with one another? One set of groups represents the interests of foundations in individual countries and the other …

Interview Charles Keidan 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

All change at Robert Bosch Foundation | Interview: Sandra Breka

Sandra Breka was appointed to the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany’s second-largest foundation, in September 2017. Since then, she has led a process which has involved the foundation turning itself inside …

Editorial Charles Keidan 3 December 2019

Philanthropy needs a feminist consciousness

As someone who went to an all-boys, mostly white, and quite elite private school until 16, gender issues were not at the forefront of my consciousness. Despite seeing myself as liberal, I was still a product of my school, family and …

News Charles Keidan 8 November 2019

Bertelsmann chief: make the SDGs philanthropy’s lingua franca

One of Europe’s leading foundations has urged an audience of philanthropy leaders to embrace the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the unifying principle and ‘lingua franca’ of the global philanthropy sector. The comments …

News Charles Keidan and Andrew Milner 22 October 2019

European foundations commit $13 million to tackle planet and climate crisis

Four of Europe’s leading foundations tackling climate change have committed $13 million (€11.6 million) of funding to advance work to protect the ‘global commons’ – the areas and ecosystems of our planet on which we …

News 2 Charles Keidan 7 October 2019

Philanthropy bodies criticise Bill Gates for Modi award

The world’s leading philanthropist, Bill Gates, is facing growing criticism from the philanthropic sector for his decision to give an award to India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in recognition of the Indian government’s Swachh Bharat …

Analysis 1 Charles Keidan 10 September 2019

Foundations open shop in Berlin as British philanthropy assumes Brexit footing

The world’s second largest Foundation, the London based Wellcome Trust, is advancing plans to grow its staffing and operations in Berlin ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union. While The Trust insists its …

Editorial Charles Keidan 3 September 2019

The battle to build a human rights movement fit for the times

The open, liberal, and democratic societies which human rights help to foster are under sustained attack. Right-wing governments and movements have harnessed popular discontent and trained fire on groups which human rights legislation was established …

Interview Charles Keidan 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Democracy calling: Interview with Hans Schöpflin and Tim Göbel

Two key influences on the philanthropy of Hans Schöpflin, co-founder of the Schöpflin Foundation, have been his experience of living in the US and, more importantly, the death of his son from a heroin overdose. …

Interview Julie Broome and Charles Keidan 3 September 2019

The long haul for human rights: Interview with Adrian Arena

The human rights movement is facing difficult times. In these circumstances, human rights funders have a particularly important role to play in sustaining the fight. Adrian Arena of Oak Foundation is now a veteran in …