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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; however, this was mostly among non-philanthropic platforms (Chervyakov & Rocholl, 2019). Philanthropic crowdfunding builds on a large group of (private) individuals each donating a small amount online. In exchange for their donation, donors can receive a reward (i.e. reward-based crowdfunding) or they can also opt to donate without receiving a reward, i.e. donation-based crowdfunding. Reward- …


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 in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier, which narrows one’s perception of reality.’ Thich Nhat Han In May 2019, Alliance magazine published the piece, ‘Systems change—are we already doing it?’ In it, authors Sarah-Brown-Compello and Lauren Bradford discuss the depth of current social transformation efforts and suggest, ‘…Secondary and third levels …


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 …


The UK’s super rich are shunning philanthropy

30 July 2019
Luke Michael

Just one in 10 of the UK’s wealthiest people are regularly giving to charity, according to new research. A report from the …


Diversity in foundations: experiences from both sides of the 2027 programme

20 July 2019
Katie Boswell and Fatima Asif

Katie Boswell, NPC’s Deputy Head of Funders When I first heard about the 2027 programme, it sounded truly exciting (if …


Shifting the power: when it comes to women’s rights it’s not (just) what you fund, it’s how and who you fund

12 June 2019
Rebecca Hanshaw and Claire Hickson

Against a backdrop of growing global threats to women’s rights, we are also witnessing a profound moment for progress. Women …


Socrates’ recipe for systems change: know thyself

15 April 2019
Priscilla Boiardi and Alessia Gianoncelli

Systems change calls for more collaboration among public, private and civil society actors. But how can you collaborate if you’re …


Incentivising truth and democracy: UK and Canadian developments in public interest journalism

4 April 2019
Alana Petraske and Daniel Frajman

In contrast to the US, where news organizations can enjoy the benefits of tax-exempt status, philanthropic funding for journalism remains …


A tale of two approaches: Philanthropy vs Foreign Aid

29 March 2019
Igor Makarov

In the past century, massive strides have been made in raising living standards for all people. For perhaps the first …