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What is the role of philanthropy in catalysing systems change?

15 May 2019
Aleem Walji

Since returning from this year’s Council on Foundations conference, I have been thinking a lot about systems change: where it’s happened, how it happens, and what philanthropy can do to catalyse change. Can the pattern of changing social norms be learned and repeated? In my experience, large-scale social change requires pulling at least two out of three massive levers: government, the private sector, and civil society. The kind of social change that improves quality of …

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Great strides made, but still work to do

7 May 2019
Aastha Mehta

Aristotle once said of introspection: ‘knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.’ In a time when the philanthropic sector is in the midst of soul-searching about its effectiveness and future, the Council on Foundations’ Leading Together conference provided ample opportunity for introspection. As a first time participant at the conference, and a somewhat recent entrant to the world of philanthropy, I appreciated the opportunity to be part of forging a better path ahead. Through …

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The looming threat of authoritarianism in Latin America: reflections from #LeadingTogether2019

7 May 2019
Marco A. Blanco

To inaugurate the Leading Together Conference, Council on Foundations hosted the Global Philanthropy Dinner on Sunday 29 May, which featured …

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What’s love got to do with it? Reflections from #LeadingTogether2019

7 May 2019
Irene Wong

Who knew one could be so refreshed and reenergized after flying across the country and spending less than 48 hours …

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What does love have to do with philanthropy?

7 May 2019
Alandra Washington

I was truly inspired during the 2019 Council on Foundations breakfast and opening session plenary session on Tuesday 30 April. …

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Status quo is not an option: creating the networks we need for the 21st century

4 May 2019
James Magowan

The status quo is not an option. Philanthropy Support Organisations (foundation member associations, networks, and advisory services) will have to …

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Out there is in here: the importance of systems awareness

29 April 2019
Caroline Hartnell

Systems change is an area Rethinking Poverty intends to look at in a systematic way, examining some of the key …

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Variety of participation triumphs at Global Philanthropy Forum 2019

16 April 2019
Harriette Rothwell

One aspect of the Global Philanthropy Forum 2019 (GPF) that I particularly appreciated was the variety of attendee interaction in …

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Protecting the voice of advocacy: Global Philanthropy Forum 2019

16 April 2019
Peter Eigen

As this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), I expressed my thanks and admiration to the assembled philanthropy leaders for their …

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A space for change: EDGE annual conference 2019

15 April 2019
Martin Modlinger

Change sometimes comes in familiar terms. When at the EDGE conference 2019 in Brazil, the discussion came to accountability and …

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What does embodied systemic change look like?

15 April 2019
Michael Kourabas

On April 10, after three days together in Brazil discussing systemic crises and their alternatives (at a ‘Systemic Alternatives Symposium’), …