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Showing up as an ally

17 June 2021
Patricia McIlreavy

The Covid-19 pandemic and the concurrent disasters created by hurricanes, wildfires, and other hazards have stretched communities to their limits. The needs across the globe have also asked all of us to dig deep and give generously. As a result, recovery from the Covid-19 contagion is on the horizon, with over 50 per cent of the U.S. population receiving at least one shot. Regretfully, global progress is not at pace with that percentage, and no …


Are American philanthropists funding the gaps which their tax avoidance has caused?

11 June 2021
Elika Roohi

A report from ProPublica this week, citing leaked tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, alleged that most of these billionaires pay little to no tax on their wealth. Among the list are many prominent U.S. philanthropists, including Warren Buffet, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Jeff Bezos. Many mentioned in the story defended their tax rate – in some cases as low as 0.1 per cent on wealth growth over the period studied – …


Constitutional change and devolution – is there a role for philanthropy?

9 June 2021
Martin O'Brien

I think it’s fair to say that many of us working in philanthropy were entirely unprepared for the deep divisions and polarisation exposed and brought about by Brexit. We are still coming to terms with it and adapting our efforts to address the new challenges which it presents, coupled of course with the impact of a global pandemic. Meanwhile a new problem is sneaking up on us and I fear we are similarly unprepared.  Brexit …


Nailing net-zero by creating an accountability ecosystem

8 June 2021
Amol Mehra

Not a day goes by without a company making a new commitment to achieve net-zero emissions in the next few decades. Inspired by the Paris Agreement’s recommendation to reach net-zero by 2050, over 1300 companies have taken action through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)  with close to 690 using science-based target to guide them. While this is valuable progress from the corporate sector to address the climate crisis, unfortunately, it’s not nearly enough. To …


Why and how to build cross-sector partnerships: Lessons from Ukraine

7 June 2021
Oleksandra Lytvynenko

‘True excellence is a product of synergy,’ a common saying goes. For the third sector, it’s especially relevant. It’s too …


Tracking 10 years of protests: here’s what we’ve learned

5 June 2021
Andrew Firmin

CIVICUS’s recently published State of Civil Society Report was our 10th edition, offering an opportunity to reflect on what has changed …


Time to take a leap forward and offer mental health for all

3 June 2021
Maximilian Martin and Anil Soni

Around the world, one billion people suffer from mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are among the top ten causes …


Advice for philanthropy from COP’s Climate Action Champion

2 June 2021
Charles Keidan

‘Philanthropy is incredibly influential.’ That is the view of Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion for the UK, who is …


The nature of capital and other threats to impact

2 June 2021
Farahnaz Karim

Human nature and its constructs Capitalism is arguably our triumphant ideology, a foundational construct that orders our lives and societies. …


There’s a climate crisis: here’s what philanthropy should do

31 May 2021
Leslie Johnston

Last year, Ellen Dorsey, of the Wallace Global Fund, called on philanthropy to declare a climate crisis. Stating the urgency …


Donors can do a lot more to achieve a humanitarian system that works for women

30 May 2021
Holly Miller and Naomi Tulay-Solanke

Last week, the Feminist Humanitarian Network released research led by its women’s rights organisation (WRO) members on the challenges that …


Response: Here’s how we build local

26 May 2021
Alette van Kralingen

This article is a response to Building local is central to shifting power by Jenny Hodgson. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign …


Building local giving is central to shifting power

26 May 2021
Jenny Hodgson

It is an odd but interesting fact that local resource mobilisation has never really inspired the interest or support of …