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John Harvey

Conference reports John Harvey 16 July 2015

Conference puts social justice grantmaking permanently on map of Brazilian philanthropy

Social justice-oriented grantmaking foundations in Brazil are truly a vanguard movement within emerging market philanthropy. Their social justice orientation sets them apart from the vast majority of foundations, which tend to favour work that is …

Analysis 5 John Harvey 15 June 2015

Is there such a thing as a ‘career in philanthropy’? Absolutely

Over the past several years, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to delve deep into the topic of talent management in philanthropy. (For more on this underappreciated topic, see the September 2014 issue of Alliance.) When …

Conference reports 1 John Harvey 11 May 2015

CAF America Symposium offers much-needed professional development for global grantmakers

CAF America made an important entry into the arena of professional development for US-based global grantmakers last week, convening its first International Grantmaking Symposium in Washington DC. Just over 20 people participated as learners, with …

Conference reports John Harvey 4 May 2015

Interview with Ford Foundation president Darren Walker

John Harvey sat down with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, at the recent Global Philanthropy Forum, for a conversation on how he sees Ford moving forward under his leadership. JH   You’ve fairly recently …

Conference reports John Harvey 27 April 2015

Harnessing capitalism for development? Reflections on the 2015 Global Philanthropy Forum

The 2015 Global Philanthropy Forum, held 22-24 April in Washington DC, concluded on Friday (a small number of participants departing from Washington for the next stop in the philanthropy conference junket, the Council on Foundations’ …

Conference reports John Harvey 24 April 2015

Interview with Jane Wales at the Global Philanthropy Forum

John Harvey spoke with Jane Wales on the occasion of this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum. John was especially keen to explore the Forum’s 15-year history and the lessons Jane has learned along the way. JH …

Conference reports John Harvey 23 April 2015

Reflections from day one of the Global Philanthropy Forum

The 15th annual Global Philanthropy Forum opened yesterday in Washington DC, bringing together some 350 participants from 25 countries. Jane Wales, president and CEO, introduced the conference by highlighting its evolution over the years: once …

Opinion 7 John Harvey 8 April 2015

What makes a foundation great? Six steps to brilliance and impact

Recently, a colleague who works closely with foundations in emerging markets put a question to some of her peers: ‘What makes a foundation great?’ My own response to this question, simply worded but rather knotty, …

Conference reports John Harvey 12 February 2015

AIDS philanthropy: still much more to be done

Back and forth, hope traded places with a sense of frustration throughout the AIDS Philanthropy Summit, convened by Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA) in Washington DC, 8 and 9 December 2014. Since 2009, this annual …

Special feature Samantha Gilbert, John Harvey and Wangsheng Li 1 September 2014

People: philanthropy’s great strength

Pick up any edition of Alliance from the past few years, and one message is clear. In truly unprecedented ways, the global philanthropy sector is on the move, popping up in new places, growing in …