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Robin Nobel

Conference reports 1 Robin Nobel 30 October 2018

Charting a common course: Muslim philanthropy Breakfast Club

I walked into Alliance’s Breakfast Club on Muslim Philanthropy not knowing what to expect. On the one hand, I have many years of experience  funding from within the context of religious and cultural heritage – …

Analysis Robin Nobel 7 August 2018

How we grew a field: The Rothschild Foundation and the development of Jewish Studies in Europe

As philanthropy professionals, we have long grown accustomed to ‘measuring our impact.’ Equally, though, we have come to be haunted by impact’s dark shadow side: attribution. How can foundation staff ever be certain that their …

Opinion 1 Robin Nobel 23 May 2017

As Hungary slides towards autocracy, what can philanthropy do?

In 1991, following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the Central European University (CEU) was founded by George Soros with the express aim of promoting open societies in former communist countries and of aiding …