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Philanthropy’s tax blind spot

5 October 2021
Michael Jarvis and Savior Mwambwa

This is the moment to shake up the world of tax. Will funders rally to the moment? Philanthropy has paid little attention to influencing tax systems. That is a missed opportunity given the importance of tax in enabling countries to deliver on development priorities and tackle inequality. With a generational shift in tax reform underway worldwide now is the moment to engage, mobilize smart funding and have a major impact. Tax systems really matter whether …


Exploring community-led philanthropy, together

4 August 2021
Alison Carlman

This article is the first in a series of articles about Community Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy can support community-led change.  Now more than ever, philanthropy and development practitioners are asking, ‘how might we shift decision-making power closer to communities?’ In the wake of the pandemic, the writing is on the wall that strong, dynamic communities are essential to long-term, sustainable change, and external actors need to rapidly adapt. …


Everyone is funding oxygen. This is a problem.

24 May 2021
Smarinita Shetty

Media attention on Covid-19 deaths due to a lack of oxygen in big cities has skewed donor priorities. This is impacting relief efforts on the ground. As the second wave of Covid-19 rages through the country, media and global donor attention is focused on the supply of oxygen in its various forms—even as the country grapples with extreme hunger, poverty, and loss of livelihoods. The question today is, why aren’t global, institutional funders—many of whom …


How has global philanthropy changed month by month? Looking back at spring 2020

30 April 2021
Social Innovation Exchange

Throughout 2021, SIX will be sharing our tracking and interrogation of how the discourse around philanthropy has shifted, or not, after the profoundly impactful events of 2020. We are looking for themes that have been lost in the noise, and trends that have become louder; we are searching for signals about what has already gained, and what may still gain, traction and attention. We are examining, in a light-touch way, what the implications of this …


Creating the culture of giving in Ukraine

21 March 2021
Eugenia Mazurenko

Ukrainian social and charitable projects have made giant leaps over the past decade. Since 2014, Ukrainians have built a robust …


Big tech giants are the new polluters

14 March 2021
Rien van Gendt

Sustainability is what we want to achieve as investment funds, right? If so, shouldn’t we be leaving BigTech stocks – …


How has global philanthropy changed month by month?

3 March 2021
Social Innovation Exchange

Over the coming months, SIX will be sharing our tracking and interrogation of how the discourse around philanthropy has shifted, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …