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Foundations aren’t transparent enough, leading corporate funder tells Alliance

20 February 2018
Charles Keidan

The chief executives of two leading philanthropy sector organisations have sharply criticised foundation practice in the UK. In the latest Alliance podcast debating their philanthropy provocation paper Paul Streets of corporate funder the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Dan Corry of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital call on foundations to be more transparent, bolder in advocating for their mission, collaborate better with fellow funders and provide more appropriate support to grantees. When asked about recent concerns about trust in institutions, including …

Conference reports

British foundations have come of age

16 November 2017
Charles Keidan

Around 400 people gathered at the British Medical Association’s headquarters in North London last week for the annual conference of the UK’s Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), the leading umbrella body for British philanthropy. The association’s chief executive Carol Mack set out a confident vision for how British foundations will navigate turbulent times despite the headwinds and political uncertainty of the Brexit process and years of cuts to publically funded services. Today, British foundation grantmaking …


European philanthropy gets political but will it last?

6 June 2017
Charles Keidan

European philanthropy has taken a decidedly political turn. Last month over 60 members of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) signed …

Conference reports

Why the future of European philanthropy is German

22 May 2017
Charles Keidan

What does someone who speaks almost zero German do at the annual conference of the Bundersverband Deutscher Stiftung, the Association of …


Time to talk payouts

29 March 2017
Charles Keidan

Foundation payouts – how much a foundation spends as a proportion of their assets each year – might sound obscure …