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Elika Roohi

Conference reports Elika Roohi 26 November 2020

WINGS Forum 2020: Focus not only on sharing generosity, but sharing power

The 2020 annual WINGS forum was meant to happen in Nairobi, a celebration of the organisation’s 20th anniversary with their first conference in Africa. Of course, this year made other plans – so this week …

News Elika Roohi 17 November 2020

Wallace Global, Sierra Club Foundation hit back at divestment ‘virtue signalling’ claims

It is ‘intellectually dishonest’ for foundations to separate the values that govern their grantmaking from how they manage their investments, say two of the leading voices in the Divest-Invest movement writing in Alliance magazine today. …

Interview Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 10 November 2020 For Subscribers

Mental health, climate and disease: Wellcome’s Director of Strategy on tackling our big health threats

With an endowment of £26 billion, the UK’s Wellcome Trust is the fourth biggest foundation in the world. As one of the leading funders of global health, it has been at the forefront of efforts …

Interview Elika Roohi 27 October 2020

Funders recognise systems change philanthropy as critical, according to report

How, when, and why do certain solutions achieve system-level shifts? Four years ago, the Skoll, Ford, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, Porticus, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors set out to explore that question through the Scaling …

News Elika Roohi 3 October 2020

European AI Fund launches, opens proposals for €1 million in grants

A group of national, regional and international foundations working in Europe have partnered to launch the European Artificial Intelligence Fund, a philanthropic initiative dedicated to strengthening civil society’s ability to actively shape the role and …

News Elika Roohi 29 September 2020

Community philanthropy chair hits out at Mexican government civil society crackdown

Michael Layton, who joined the Johnson Center for Philanthropy as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair earlier this month has used his first article to raise concerns about  Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador interference …

News 1 Elika Roohi 7 September 2020

‘Tiny fraction’ of development funding goes toward tackling outdoor air pollution, finds new report

According to a new report published by the Clean Air Fund, just $273 million in grant funding went directly to tackling outdoor air pollution between 2015 and 2019. This sum represents a ‘tiny fraction’ of …

News Elika Roohi 30 August 2020

Giving for Covid-19 in first half of 2020 amounted to record-breaking $11.9 billion, but there are gaps

$11.9 billion in funding has been given in response to the Coronavirus pandemic this year, according to a new report by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and Candid. Of the record-breaking sum, proportionately very …

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 29 July 2020

The Balnaves Foundation pledges $420,000 to arts reporting project with Guardian Australia

The Balnaves Foundation has announced an AUD$420,000 (USD$302,000) grant over three years to the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust, which will allow Guardian Australia to commence an in-depth arts reporting project and educational outcomes for University …