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What surprised us (and what didn’t) about U.S. Foundations’ Global Giving

14 August 2018
Natalie Ross, Lauren Bradford and Inga Ingulfsen

Today the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center launched, The State of Global Giving by US Foundations: 2011-2015, featuring a detailed overview of giving trends by issue area, geographic region, population groups and donor strategy, presented through colorful infographics and short form commentary. We also relate the trends to key events and developments, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by …


Philanthropy needs all the help it can get

10 August 2018
Barry Knight

It is good to see that the Alliance Special Feature on ‘Philanthropy’s Developers’ pays homage to some of the pioneers of philanthropy infrastructure. To my mind, one of these – Barry Gaberman – merits special mention. When he was Senior Vice President at the Ford Foundation, he saw the importance of the unglamorous backroom role played by philanthropy support organizations, and led the first ever International Meeting of Associations of Grantmakers (IMAG) in Mexico in …


The Future of Philanthropy part three: a growing philanthropic oligarchy

2 August 2018
James Alexander

In terms of creating more philanthropic impact, two cross-cutting ideas surfaced repeatedly in the Future of Philanthropy report – digital …


The Future of Philanthropy part two: The rise in south-south and faith-based giving

26 July 2018
James Alexander

In part one of my blog series on the Future of Philanthropy report I discussed the three interconnected drivers of …


The Future of Philanthropy part one: Power, Knowledge and Trust

18 July 2018
James Alexander

No one can predict the future, but we can all become better informed about it. Doing so enables us to …


Brazil, philanthropy and inequality

11 July 2018
Fernando Rossetti

A foundation leader once approached me proposing that we invite Bill Gates to launch the Giving Pledge in Brazil. I told him …


Awakening the beast: US non-profits eye FARA legislation with concern

6 July 2018
Andrew Milner

A long-dormant piece of US legislation is threatening cross-border giving and causing anxiety in the non-profit sector. The Foreign Agents …


Rethinking partnerships at the root

29 June 2018
Clare Winterton and Ruby Johnson

Change doesn’t happen alone. It is our collective work that brings joy, lasting impact and relationships. Yet although partnerships are a …


Not all intermediaries: A call for partnership in the #ShiftThePower conversation

28 June 2018
Eva Rehse and James Logan

Readers may remember a 1980s television advert about the ‘Man from Del Monte’. It showed a representative of a global …


Philanthropy in Brazil: can funders play a more substantial role?

10 June 2018
Ana Valeria Araujo

Philanthropy in Brazil has the potential to play a much larger role in expanding and consolidating democracy. The working paper …


Foundations have invested $50 billion in the SDGs, but who’s counting?

27 May 2018
Arif Ekram and Lauren Bradford

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the most ambitious — as well as expensive — global development framework in history. The framework …