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Conference reports 1 Diana Leat 7 June 2012

Is our language fit for purpose?

I’ve been to some great sessions but this is a more general query: Is our language fit for purpose? Does it help or hinder our thinking and practice? Should we institute regular language audits? Can …

Special feature Alejandro Litovsky and Diana Leat 1 March 2012

A decade for the Earth’s security

As this special issue of Alliance goes to print, record droughts in Mexico and the Horn of Africa are affecting millions of people. The failure of harvests, along with higher food prices, raise fears of …

Letter Diana Leat 1 December 2011

Putting Gates in perspective

Thank you for another great issue. Alliance just keeps getting better and better! My only quibble with the interesting views expressed concerning the Gates Foundation was the general lack of historical understanding of foundations. I …

Letter Diana Leat 1 December 2010

The trustee company – a valuable model?

Your last issue on philanthropic advice was, as usual, wide-ranging and thought-provoking. One omission was the trustee company model in Australia. These mostly for-profit companies manage billions of dollars for philanthropic purposes, including some of …

Book review Diana Leat 1 September 2010

Global Philanthropy

At almost 400 pages and with 27 chapters, each by a different author, Global Philanthropy is a remarkable editorial achievement – and all the more so considering that the authors are all ‘active philanthropic players’. …

Special feature Diana Leat 1 December 2008

Dreamers of small dreams

Many foundations have grand missions stating wildly optimistic aspirations rather than recipes for direction and action. In some cases the mission is so all-encompassing that nothing short of global revolution, combined with divine intervention, is …

Analysis Diana Leat 1 April 2008 For Subscribers

Why not just change?

‘Social justice philanthropy’ has been a recurring theme in Alliance – but what does it look like in practice? This was the question raised by some members of the Woburn Place Collaborative (WPC). WPC is …

Conference Report Diana Leat 1 June 2006 For Subscribers

57th Annual Council on Foundations Conference

Holding the 57th Annual Conference of the Council on Foundations in Pittsburgh seemed particularly appropriate. For one thing, Pittsburgh is the home of Heinz (57 varieties) family philanthropy. For another, both Pittsburgh and the Council …

Conference Report Diana Leat 1 January 1970 For Subscribers

Is our language fit for purpose?

I’ve been to some great sessions but this is a more general query: Is our language fit for purpose? Does it help or hinder our thinking and practice? Should we institute regular language audits? Can …