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Elika Roohi

Interview 1 Elika Roohi 6 July 2021 For Subscribers

African Visionary Fund: playing the game to change the game

The African Visionary Fund – a pooled funder with support from King Baudouin Foundation’s U.S. arm, Segal Family Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Tawingo Fund – launched in early 2020, almost simultaneously with the start of …

News Elika Roohi 2 July 2021

Wellcome Trust plans to bring £29 billion endowment to net zero by 2050

The Wellcome Trust has announced a strategy to bring its £29 billion endowment, invested in shares, hedge funds, private equity, and property, to carbon net zero by 2050. The foundation has been criticised in the …

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 16 June 2021

MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of gifts prioritises philanthropy infrastructure

MacKenzie Scott has announced her latest round of financial gifts – this time allocating $2.7 billion to almost 300 organisations. Among the groups receiving grants are many U.S. philanthropy ecosystem and infrastructure bodies, which Scott …

Opinion Elika Roohi 11 June 2021

Are American philanthropists funding the gaps which their tax avoidance has caused?

A report from ProPublica this week, citing leaked tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, alleged that most of these billionaires pay little to no tax on their wealth. Among the list are many …

News Elika Roohi 1 June 2021

Controversial UK coal mine will never happen, says COP Climate Champion

Nigel Topping, the person appointed by the UK Government as High Level Climate Action Champion, says a proposed coalmine in Cumbria won’t happen No new licenses: North Sea oil and gas licenses won’t be granted, …

News 4 Elika Roohi 20 May 2021

How is philanthropy responding to India’s Covid-19 crisis?

Over 20 per cent of total Covid relief funding pledged in 2021 has been sent to India, according to Candid. Almost 50 grants and pledges worth a total of $285 million have been given to …

News Elika Roohi 23 April 2021

60+ funders to UK PM: race report findings unhelpful, divisive, damaging

‘We believe this to be unhelpful, divisive and potentially damaging,’ said 62 foundations, signing an open letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week co-ordinated by the Association of Charitable Foundations, addressing the UK …

News Elika Roohi 22 April 2021

ACF report: Covid-19 has set back foundations’ work on climate change

An interim report on the progress of the UK climate philanthropy commitment has highlighted the need for foundations to accelerate efforts to fulfil their climate commitments, with many noting that the pandemic has slowed their …

Interview Elika Roohi 13 April 2021 For Subscribers

Interview: Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is an organisation that focuses on a bottom-up approach to aid and supporting grassroots charitable projects. We wanted to understand how the crises of the last year – health, justice, political, environmental – changed …

News Elika Roohi 1 April 2021

Ford Foundation commits $15 million to Black Feminist Fund

The Ford Foundation has announced a commitment of $15 million to launch a new philanthropic fund focused on efforts to address key issues impacting Black women. Developed and led by a core group of Black …