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Elika Roohi

News 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 …

Interview Elika Roohi 7 July 2020

Interview: Badr Jafar, Cambridge Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Last year, the fastest-growing economies were all in emerging markets. This current wave of globalisation, which is pushing economic power both southward and eastward, will have a profound effect on philanthropy, and we should consider …

News Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 11 June 2020

Foundation leader criticises sector response to BAME community

One of British philanthropy’s leading professionals has warned that foundations risk being on the ‘wrong side of history’ when it comes to racial justice. Writing for Alliance today, Fozia Irfan, who is CEO of the …

News Elika Roohi 15 May 2020

ACF report sets out aspirational best practice strategy for stronger foundations

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has published a new report on the crucial importance of strategic thinking and strong governance practices for charitable foundations that want to be ambitious and effective with all their …

News Elika Roohi 13 May 2020

Australia’s Minderoo Foundation buys ten million COVID-19 tests, but is reimbursed by government

In Australia, mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo Foundation have acquired ten million coronavirus tests at AUD $320 million (USD $208 million) for the Australian public. The Foundation was later reimbursed by …

News Elika Roohi 30 April 2020

Mohammed Al-Amoudi donates $3.6 million to city of Addis Ababa

Ethiopian-born Saudi businessman Mohammed Al-Amoudi has announced a donation of 120 million Birr ($3.6 million) to the Addis Ababa city administration to help combat COVID-19 and its effects. The pledge is the largest private donation …

Analysis Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 16 April 2020

COVID-19 Crisis: Philanthropy faces a major dilemma as need increases but endowments shrink

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads through the world, it has created in its wake a pressing need from almost every segment of society. The world of philanthropy has made donations both large and small to fight …