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More than money: philanthropists as activists

20 May 2019
David Sandman

Every foundation has two things in common: big dreams and money. But money alone isn’t enough to make those dreams come true. To achieve the desired impact, foundations can consider themselves ‘changemakers’ more than ‘grantmakers.’ Increasingly, foundations are going beyond writing checks as they flex their activist muscles to halt climate change, prevent gun violence, bolster education, advance LGBTQ rights, safeguard democracy, and improve health care. The changemaker model is one we have embraced at …


Funding unchained: an activist approach to unlocking LGBTQI leadership in West Africa

17 May 2019
Caroline Kouassiaman

Today, on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), I won’t be at a LGBTQI community event or a film screening. Rather, I will be on a six-hour bus ride with my colleague Olumide, as part of a month-long tour to meet LGBTQI activists in seven West African countries. Amidst periodic naps and food breaks, we’ll be strategising on how Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO), a West African LGBTQI activist-led fund, can practically …


Is effective altruism right to encourage donors to abandon local charities?

8 May 2019
Jack Darby

Effective Altruism is fast becoming one of the most popular movements in philanthropy. The philosophy encourages individuals to give according …


Transparency: one small step for funders, one giant leap for equity

7 May 2019
Genevieve Boutilier

In order to solve a problem, one must first identify its parameters. This applies, too, to the philanthropic sector; to …


Notre-Dame de Paris: what can philanthropy learn?

5 May 2019
Lauren Bradford

Like most people who have lived or spent time in Paris, I experienced a deep sadness that quickly turned to …


Everything old is new again

25 April 2019
Matthew Ross

Cathedrals, like sausages, are best enjoyed without thinking too hard about where they came from. Last week’s catastrophic fire at …


Can philanthropy improve the image of big business?

17 April 2019
Igor Makarov

Around the world, people are calling for the redistribution of wealth. This rise in economic populism seeks to strip the …


Making the case for community organising in Europe

14 April 2019
Deborah Doane

I was quite surprised that when I approached funders to talk about their work on community organising in Europe, many …


Philanthropy Manifesto: a milestone on the road towards a single market for philanthropy

11 April 2019
Massimo Lapucci

On 20 March, in the presence of over 60 representatives from the EU institutions, the European Commission’s Kerstin Jorna (Deputy …


Turning thoughts and prayers into action: religious pluralism in the era of hate

9 April 2019
Shaheen Kassim-Lakha

A recent New York Times headline following the March 15 mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, poses …


Harnessing the power of media to achieve change

6 April 2019
Rachel McKee

Deep in the heart of the Himalayas, the Koshi River begins its journey as a tiny stream. It makes its …