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$1.5m pooled fund launches in Asia to improve healthcare systems

10 May 2021
Alliance magazine

A new pooled fund in Asia, coordinated by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, will support strengthening healthcare systems in Southeast Asia. The AVPN Philanthropic Pooled Fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Macquarie Group Foundation, and Sequoia Capital India – all of which have come together to pool $825,000 in a first round of funding. KKR has also committed to funding. AVPN expects the fund to raise $1.5 …

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Swiss philanthropy body appoints new managing director

8 May 2021
Alliance magazine

SwissFoundations, the association of Swiss grantmaking foundations, has appointed Richard Brogle as its new managing director. Brogle has served as the CEO of the Drosos Foundation in Switzerland for 8 years and will join SwissFoundations on 1 June. Until Brogle takes up his post in June, the two SwissFoundations offices in Geneva and Zurich will be managed on an interim basis by Aline Freiburghaus, Head of French-speaking Switzerland, Katharina Guggi, Communications & Digital Strategy, and …

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Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce, say ‘no changes’ at Gates foundation

4 May 2021
Alliance magazine

Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday they were divorcing. The two have reshaped philanthropy and public health with their fortune, and together they run one of the largest private foundations in the world. In identical statements posted to Twitter, both said they would ‘continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.’ pic.twitter.com/padmHSgWGc — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May …

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Daniela Schwarzer named OSF Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, newly created role

4 May 2021
Alliance magazine

The Open Society Foundations announced that Daniela Schwarzer will take on the newly created role of Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia. She will lead and bring together Open Society’s work across both regions, overseeing advocacy and grantmaking activities. ‘I am thrilled to welcome Daniela Schwarzer as our new Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia. She is one of the foremost European thought leaders and comes to us with a wealth of leadership experience,’ said …

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Wealthy millennials less engaged by giving appeals, finds new research

27 April 2021
Alliance magazine

New research reveals that the charity sector might be at risk of losing a generation of wealthy millennial givers. The …

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60+ funders to UK PM: race report findings unhelpful, divisive, damaging

23 April 2021
Elika Roohi

‘We believe this to be unhelpful, divisive and potentially damaging,’ said 62 foundations, signing an open letter to UK Prime …

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IKEA Foundation commits €1bn to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

22 April 2021
Alliance magazine

The IKEA Foundation has announced a new pledge of €1 billion to climate programmes over the next five years to …

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ACF report: Covid-19 has set back foundations’ work on climate change

22 April 2021
Elika Roohi

An interim report on the progress of the UK climate philanthropy commitment has highlighted the need for foundations to accelerate …

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Plans to double Australian giving in Philanthropy Australia blueprint

21 April 2021
Alliance magazine

Philanthropy Australia has unveiled a blueprint it believes can help double the level of structured giving in Australia over the …

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European funders have increased environmental giving, shows EFC report

20 April 2021
Alliance magazine

The European Foundation Centre has launched the 5th edition of its environmental funding mapping, representing the most comprehensive study to …

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African Venture Philanthropy Alliance appoints five new board members

20 April 2021
Alliance magazine

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance has appointed five new members to its Pan-African Governing Board. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson, Florença Antonio Dengo, …

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ClimateWorks President and CEO departs for Bezos Earth Fund

15 April 2021
Alliance magazine

ClimateWorks Foundation President and CEO Charlotte Pera is stepping down from her role at the major climate intermediary to join …

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Ford commits $1bn to unrestricted grants for hundreds of organisation in BUILD initiative

7 April 2021
Alliance magazine

The Ford Foundation today announced an extension of its BUILD Initiative with a pledge of $1 billion. The expansion of …