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

30 June 2020
Julia Unwin

We always knew that this would be a precarious time. Countless commentators in the last five years have predicted economic volatility, climate chaos, cyber attacks and yes, the risks of a global pandemic. To believe that the public health crisis engulfing the world came out of a clear blue sky is to ignore the warnings, and the rehearsals. It is to disregard the increasing evidence that the edifice we call ‘our way of life’ was …


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 leave no person untouched, but it will not touch us all equally. At Mama Cash, we didn’t have to look far to see the unequal – and gendered – impacts of the pandemic. We fund self-led groups working to build strong feminist movements advancing the rights of trans and intersex people, girls and women around …


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 …


What are people thinking during COVID-19 in terms of giving?

12 April 2020
Susan Pinkney

Susan Pinkney, CAF’s Head of Research, looks at what the latest research is telling us. How are charities and the …


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 …


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 …


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; …