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Jenny Hodgson

Analysis Caroline Hartnell, Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 18 August 2014

Strategic or emergent: why are we stuck in the swimming pool?

Gerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre, once commented: ‘Philanthropy tends to get stuck in the swimming pool, when the real action is in the sea.’ The recent controversy about strategic philanthropy and …

Opinion Jenny Hodgson 8 July 2014

What’s next for community philanthropy?

First published on the Global Fund for Community Foundations blog. It is appropriate (and no doubt deliberate) that the launch of the ‘What’s Next for Community Philanthropy?’ toolkit has come in 2014, a year that …

Blog Jenny Hodgson 16 May 2014

EFC Conference 2014: Opening plenary dispenses formality and gets to the heart of the complexities of the European project

Goodbye the opening protocols and, no, we won’t miss you Human beings are odd creatures, often rather slow to learn – none more so, perhaps, than those of us who, year in and year out, …

News Jenny Hodgson 1 March 2014

New alliance to bring community philanthropy into mainstream

To date, the concept of community philanthropy has not been part of the mainstream development discourse. For the next five years, the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy will be seeking to rectify this by demonstrating …

Special feature Barry Knight and Jenny Hodgson 1 March 2014

Bringing grantmaking in from the cold

Increasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism …

Letter Jenny Hodgson 1 December 2013

Why not support the world’s emerging community foundations?

As the amount of international grantmaking by US community foundations increases (‘Community foundations as international grantmakers?’, September issue of Alliance), it would be interesting to know how much is being channelled to or through their …

Special feature Jenny Hodgson 1 September 2013

Community philanthropy and power

In recent years, there has been an explosion of new forms of community philanthropy organizations around the world, with community foundations, women’s funds, environmental funds and other types of indigenous grassroots grantmakers emerging across Africa, …

Conference reports Jenny Hodgson 9 August 2013

Taking a stand while finding a position: Africa’s evolving philanthropic discourse

Africa, as we are often told, is rising. The continent has been dubbed the “next economic powerhouse”, its countries “lions on the move” which include six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies. With this …

Special feature Jenny Hodgson 1 March 2013

Building something new for the future

Dramatic shifts in the political and economic landscape of many low and middle- income countries in recent years have resulted in the emergence of a new class of wealthy individuals. This has led to a …

Opinion Jenny Hodgson 23 November 2012

Woods, trees and the rise of African philanthropy

In the early 1990s, I spent a year living and working in Uganda. One day I was with some friends driving back from a trip to one of the beautiful game parks there. It was …