Author Archive:

Kit Muirhead

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 21 February 2024

PEX 2024: Future literacy, abolition, and espressos

We started our PEX 2024 journey surrounded by the multi-coloured murals and graffiti of a suburb in the heart of Rome. The short walk to the venue made clear that despite being primed as the …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 2 February 2024

Building LGBTQI+ solidarity in the age of pinkwashing

Towards the end of last year I attended the UK LGBTQI Global Giving Summit, hosted by the Baring Foundation and Giveout. As a young, queer person, I was excited to see a conference devoted to …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 16 November 2023

It’s time to decolonise philanthropy, are you ready to join the struggle?

Set up in 1943 and currently occupied by nearly 10,000 Palestinian refugees, the Shatila refugee camp in South Beirut displays a telling piece of wall art. It merges the Aboriginal and Palestinian flags with a …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 18 October 2023

Session Snapshot: Territorial community alliances – from the environment to human rights

Last month, the Institute for the Development of Social Investment hosted the Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2023, and Alliance asked its readers what session they would like to hear about most in a poll. The winner was ‘Territorial …

News Kit Muirhead 15 October 2023

New report details 2022 giving trends in Brazil

The Brazil Giving Research Report 2022, conducted and produced by the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS) delivers important insight into the growth of ‘individual giving’ in Brazil.  The average number of people …

Conference Report Kit Muirhead 12 October 2023

Encountering discomfort at the Arab Foundations Forum

It is said that philanthropy evolved from the Arab region. The practice of ‘Waqf’, under Sharia Law, for example, has existed for centuries, supporting social justice in education, healthcare, and beyond. The Arab Foundations Forum …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 12 October 2023

Confronting shrinking civic space in localisation agendas: Creating an ‘enabling environment’ for Arab philanthropy

Creating an ‘enabling environment’ for civil society organisations (CSOs) to grow and thrive is integral to creating appropriate, meaningful, and impactful localisation approaches. As a result, many speakers at the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) highlighted …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 3 April 2023

The money for and against Black Feminist movements: Insights from the Black Feminist Fund

On the 14th of March, Tynesha McHarris, co-founder of the Black Feminist Fund engaged in an online conversation with Cynthia Eyakuze and Yannia Sofia Garzon Valencia – both authors of the recently released research report, …

Conference reports Kit Muirhead 25 February 2023

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Webinar: Supporting long-term recovery in Turkey and Syria

The recent tragedies of the Turkey/Syrian Earthquake serve to remind funders that when responding to crises, it is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’. The Centre of Disaster Philanthropy’s webinar; A Layered Disaster: Supporting …

Conference reports 1 Kit Muirhead 3 February 2023

Power and knowledge hierarchies in philanthropy, activism and beyond

Black, feminist, lesbian, Audre Lorde once famously wrote; ‘The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house’.   As was discussed at the ‘Philanthropy Party’, a two-day interactive conference hosted by the UK Funders Collective, …