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Philanthropic Futurist predicts the next wave of philanthropy

24 January 2023
Trista Harris

We are living in a time of transformative change in the philanthropic field. In 2016, I was starting to feel the acceleration of this change and created a future of philanthropy model that envisioned a tomorrow where foundation processes could act quickly when a community crisis struck by streamlining their application and evaluation systems to focus on doing the most good in a community as soon as possible. Because of the accelerating forces of the …

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Who decides what is effective in Effective Altruism?

17 January 2023
Margaux Day

In the weeks following the FTX collapse, and the subsequent breakdown of Sam Bankman-Fried’s reputation, some of the scrutiny has turned to Effective Altruism (EA) – the philanthropic movement that Bankman-Fried championed for years (evidently only for good PR). Everything from EA’s philosophical underpinnings to the causes it supports have been questioned following the loss of the movement’s most significant donor. Instead of asking whether to condemn or support the movement, however, the more crucial …

Opinion

How can funders support pro-democracy movements?

16 January 2023
Julia Roig

As the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 16 January, it is a moment to look back on the ways a broad-based, pro-democracy movement came together to push for civil rights and racial justice. Looking ahead to 2023, the need to galvanize such a large-scale, diverse movement is as crucial as ever. The alarming rates of democratic decline and rising authoritarianism around the world are well documented. Philanthropists can find inspiration from …

Opinion

To shift power, fund entire ecosystems

10 January 2023
Clare Gibson Nangle and Devon Kearney

It’s a classic tale of the trajectory of a nongovernmental organization (NGO): a well-meaning organization grows rapidly, crafts a beautiful strategy, and has all the right subject-matter expertise in place, only to realize late in the game that it neglected to build the systems and processes necessary to support its mission and vision. Today, a similar phenomenon is evident in the philanthropic and international development sectors as they too evolve and mature. In recent years, …

Opinion

Reversing the fortunes of ‘orphans’ in Kenya

9 January 2023
Grace Mwangi

Have you ever donated to an orphanage? Maybe you’ve been inspired by stories of helpless, hungry orphans fending for themselves …

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Changing the humanitarian mindset: From helping people in need, to protecting people at risk

8 January 2023
Matthew Stickland

Humanitarian funding needs fundamental reform. The increasing number and intensity of disasters requiring humanitarian assistance, combined with the financial conditions …

Opinion

Resilience is not the goal – systems change is

4 January 2023
Andrew Kingman

Occasionally, the development ‘industry’ can send me into full-on ‘grumpy old man’ mode – and some of the patronising ill-informed …

Opinion

Seeing our mitigation ambition through: The need for climate visionaries

30 December 2022
Padma Venkataraman

To limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, as agreed upon under the 2015 Paris Agreement, …

Opinion

Cost-of-living crisis: How one foundation is responding

28 December 2022
Sonal Sachdev Patel

‘We seem to be going from one crisis to another.’ When I first read this line – written to me …

Opinion

For a fair, inclusive zero-carbon transition, policy development needs to go hand-in-hand with public engagement

27 December 2022
Leo Murray

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that the UK is in dire need of a zero-carbon transition. With spiralling …

Opinion

The dilemmas of philanthropy: to be or not to be? to do or not to do?

24 December 2022
Andrés Thompson

For some time now, because of research we have conducted on philanthropy and gender in Latin America, I have noticed …

Opinion

Foundation funding practices: Triggering change from within

23 December 2022
Karsten Timmer

Criticism of inflexible and unfair funding practices of foundations is not limited to the US and the UK. On the …

Opinion

Radical change requires radical philanthropy

22 December 2022
Kate McDonough

The overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this year is the signal of a larger effort to significantly roll back …