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What big liberal philanthropy can no longer afford to ignore

20 January 2021
Eric K. Ward

How will big liberal philanthropy react to the 6 January attack on the U.S. Capitol? The following day Ryan Schlegel of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy tweeted, ‘My money is on ‘stunned silence’ then back to the usual webinars about the value of active listening and press releases about equity task forces.’ I was asked how I thought big liberal philanthropy should respond, based on my 30 years of work in philanthropy and grassroots …


What Donors Want – Exploring politics and philanthropy with David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation

15 January 2021
Rachel Stephenson Sheff

Podcast listeners – a new episode of What Donors Want is out! We had the honour of speaking with David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. If you haven’t tuned in, What Donors Want is a podcast by I.G. Advisors, which offers a fresh, dynamic (and slightly irreverent) view into major gifts fundraising and philanthropy from the donor’s perspective. We are proud to have Alliance magazine as our Media Partner, and will be sharing insights on this platform. …


The square, the tower, and the circle

28 December 2020
Pedro Portela and Bernadette Wesley

The blind spot in the stewardship of locally led systems change networks The plight of the social activist Many social activists can relate to the following scenario. They sign up for an intensive training in a beautiful nearby region, with the intention of networking with fellow activists and learning about social change and innovation. The timing is perfect – they feel like they’ve been working alone for years and are struggling to see the impact …


Governments cannot squander lessons of Covid-19 in working with civil society

23 December 2020
Daniel Ferrell-Schweppenstedde

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed many flaws in government policies and relationships around the world, from the underfunding of health services to public mistrust of official advice. But in our sector, one of the most disappointing – if unsurprising – revelations has been policymakers’ failure to properly understand or support civil society. Civil-society organisations (CSOs) have helped raise billions of pounds and mobilised millions of volunteers to help counter the effects of the pandemic and …


Civil society fights back as smears and vilification intensify

27 November 2020
Andrew Firmin and Ines Pousadela

The pattern is now clear. In country after country, those who seek to limit rights attack civil society. Alongside tactics …


Covid-19 and the unfinished funding agenda in Southeast Asia

19 November 2020
Rosalia Sciortino

Since the beginning of the pandemic, philanthropists and private foundations have invested their resources to control the Covid-19 epidemic and …


What is preventing the development of giving in Ukraine and what can we do about it

27 September 2020
Eugenia Mazurenko

What’s deterring the development of giving in Ukraine? Whose fault is it? Well, there are a few factors, which deter …


The Aotearoa COVID-19 experience

26 September 2020
Sue McCabe

This is the third article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, co-hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange and …


‘It is give-back time’: In conversation with Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Richard Robinson

21 September 2020
Danielle Walker Palmour

The Covid-19 pandemic has produced economic chaos with worse predicted to follow – and the endowments and assets of grantmakers …


Adapting to changing landscapes: How women, girls, trans, and intersex people are addressing COVID-19

13 July 2020
Susan Jessop

What Mama Cash is hearing from its partners around the world about their strategies for dealing with the global pandemic …


A global pandemic, an economic crisis: What can foundations, philanthropists, and funders do?

30 June 2020
Julia Unwin

This is the first article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, co-hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange and …


Living the crisis and the change: How women, girls, trans, and intersex people are coping with COVID-19 around the world

29 June 2020
Susan Jessop

What Mama Cash is hearing from its partners about the gendered impacts of the global pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic will …


COVID-19 Crisis: Philanthropy faces a major dilemma as need increases but endowments shrink

16 April 2020
Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads through the world, it has created in its wake a pressing need from almost every segment …