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Simon Sommer

Opinion Simon Sommer 31 March 2023

Can philanthropy break free from the source of its wealth?

It’s virtue signalling for philanthropy executives to oppose a system for which they owe their very existence. In recent conversations, I have increasingly heard voices from colleagues who squarely reject the market economy and despise …

Opinion Simon Sommer 19 October 2022

Transforming education: A commitment from global education philanthropy

I had the privilege this year of representing education philanthropy as a constituency to the UN High Level Forum Steering Committee for the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education. It has been an interesting time …

Opinion 2 Simon Sommer 5 April 2022

It’s time to ditch the mantra of trust-based philanthropy

The omnipresent demand for so-called ‘trust-based philanthropy’ is, at best, naïve. At worst, it can be counterproductive and dangerous. What our sector has to achieve instead is unbiased funding. In current conversations among philanthropists, providing …

Analysis Donika Dimovska, Simon Sommer and Fabio Segura 14 June 2021

Can Co-Leadership be the future of philanthropy?

The current global pandemic has reinforced the reality that we live in a highly complex, ever-changing world, and that if we have any chance of tackling some of the big global challenges ahead of us, …