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Filling the data and knowledge gap: How philanthropy can better partner with Indigenous communities

24 February 2020
Grace Sato, Sarina Dayal and Supriya Kumar

‘Philanthropy has consistently under-funded Indigenous communities and, particularly, Indigenous-led organizations,’ said Edgar Villanueva, chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy’s board and author of Decolonizing Wealth. Over the last 30 years, the proportion of grantmaking by large U.S. foundations for Native American communities and causes has only marginally increased—from less than 0.2 per cent to 0.4 per cent, even though Native Americans make up two per cent of the population. In Canada, charities serving Indigenous peoples …


Could communities for impact be the game-changer in creating system change?

13 February 2020
Anne Merkle

Communities, networks and movements working toward social and environmental impact are stepping into the spotlight more and more. From the activists who formed Extinction Rebellion to the Robert Bosch Foundation establishing the Bosch Alumni Network or Impact Hub which connects members of their local co-working community into a global one.  Communities unite Communities combine skills and vision and unite people under a joint purpose and mission. Melting arctic ice, social reforms demanded in Chile, all …


A new social contract between civil society and big tech: The UK foundation perspective

7 February 2020
Cassie Robinson

At the end of last year 30 UK foundations met to discuss their role in forging a new social contract …


What is the role of foundations and philanthropy in forging a new social contract between civil society and big tech?

5 February 2020
Cassie Robinson

There are so many ways that technology is changing our society, and really if we’re thinking about the future, I …


Donors are not investing in a resilient civil society in Latin America, but philanthropy bodies stand out

26 December 2019
Clara Bosco

These last years have marked the tipping point of a growing disconnect between citizens and public institutions in Latin America. There is …


We tried to see whether charities’ admin costs correlate to their effectiveness, and you won’t believe what happened next

16 December 2019
Caroline Fiennes and Shruti Patel

Many people believe that charities waste money on ‘administration’, and hence that the best charities spend little on administration. Some …


Is philanthropic crowdfunding a growing industry?

5 December 2019
Claire van Teunenbroek

What are the characteristics and recent developments of crowdfunding worldwide? Crowdfunding markets have experienced a severe growth in recent years; …


An elegant blueprint: How an ecological paradigm can advance transformative justice

14 November 2019
Kiley Arroyo

‘People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one …


FOCUS: Philanthropy – A snap shot of how foundations across Europe create positive stories in people’s lives

1 October 2019
Hanna Stähle

‘I don’t look like most Slovak women, but my otherness is not essential. What is important is what kind of …


Philanthropy’s social compact in a changing world

12 September 2019
Olga Tarasov

Trust in philanthropy is eroding. Widening inequality is contributing to public fears and anxiety about the roles various types of …


Map 13: A guide to chart the future course of philanthropy

5 August 2019
Pedro Portela

In his 2012 book, ‘A History of the World in Twelve Maps’, Jerry Brotton takes the reader through a tour …