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MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of gifts prioritises philanthropy infrastructure

16 June 2021
Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan

MacKenzie Scott has announced her latest round of financial gifts – this time allocating $2.7 billion to almost 300 organisations. Among the groups receiving grants are many U.S. philanthropy ecosystem and infrastructure bodies, which Scott has described as ‘historically underfunded’. Among the list of grantees this time are: Candid GivingTuesday ($7 million) United Philanthropy Forum ($3 million) National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy ($3 million) National Center for Family Philanthropy Native Americans in Philanthropy (‘multi-million dollar …

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Italy’s Assifero appoints first female chair

10 June 2021
Alliance magazine

The national membership association of Italian grant-making foundations and private institutional philanthropy, Assifero, has appointment Stefania Mancini as its new chair during its most recent annual general assembly. Mancini, the first women to hold the role at the association, succeeds Felice Scalvini. Mancini’s background includes a career of collaboration with a wide variety of foundations and donor advised funds. She also serves on the board of Fondazione Charlemagne, Fondazione Italiana per il Dono, and the …

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$3 million for vaccines from Asia Philanthropy Circle, Gavi

6 June 2021
Alliance magazine

Asian Philanthropists, coordinated by the Asia Philanthropy Circle, have pooled $1.5 million in funding to contribute 600,000 doses towards the COVAX global Covid-19 vaccine target. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will match the funds – securing $3 million for the initiative. The funding will enable access to much-needed vaccines throughout Asia, where third waves of the virus are wreaking havoc in Southeast Asia, as well as beginning to crest in East Asian countries that had originally …

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Kellogg Foundation appoints new director of Latin America, Caribbean programmes

4 June 2021
Alliance magazine

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has appointed Alejandra Garduño Martínez as the new director of Latin America and Caribbean programmes. Garduño Martínez has been at the Kellogg Foundation since 2012 as a programme manager and then officer, where she worked with the Foundation’s regional strategy in Mexico. ‘Alejandra began her journey with WKKF nearly a decade ago and has demonstrated keen awareness and empathy for the challenges facing families in our Mexico and Haiti regions,’ said …

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Controversial UK coal mine will never happen, says COP Climate Champion

1 June 2021
Elika Roohi

Nigel Topping, the person appointed by the UK Government as High Level Climate Action Champion, says a proposed coalmine in …

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Tatiana Fraga Diez appointed Executive Director of Mexico’s Comunalia

29 May 2021
Alliance magazine

The Alliance of Community Foundations in Mexico, Comunalia, has appointed Tatiana Fraga Diez as its new Executive Director. Diez will …

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Survey: climate change set to dominate philanthropy

28 May 2021
Alliance magazine

Four out of five people think climate change will be the dominant issue in philanthropy in the next 25 years, …

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Civil society embattled and essential during pandemic, finds CIVICUS annual report

27 May 2021
Alliance magazine

Throughout the last year, governments across the world used the uncertainty of the pandemic to clamp down on civic freedoms. …

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Pandemic has exacerbated disparities for LGBTIQA+ communities

25 May 2021
Alliance magazine

New research from Dreilinden has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated disparities for LGBTIQA+ communities. The finding was published …

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Juliette Gimon Courage Awards recognise organisations empowering incarcerated youth

22 May 2021
Alliance magazine

Global Fund for Children has announced the winners of the 2021 Juliette Gimon Courage Awards, recognising the perseverance of three …

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How is philanthropy responding to India’s Covid-19 crisis?

20 May 2021
Elika Roohi

Over 20 per cent of total Covid relief funding pledged in 2021 has been sent to India, according to Candid. …

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Funders support Pakistani partners to deliver mental health support

19 May 2021
Alliance magazine

The British Asian Trust in partnership with CareTech Charitable Foundation has been working with local organisations in Pakistan to fund …

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Alwaleed Philanthropies launches programme to support Saudi female artists

15 May 2021
Alliance magazine

Saudi Arabia’s Alwaleed Philanthropies has launched a new programme that will support female artists. The programme, Mizwada, is a partnership …