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The ocean is our global heirloom: Philanthropy needs to treat (and fund) it that way

21 September 2021
Conniel Malek

The ocean is our global commons, our birthright, our collective heritage, and our heirloom. This concept is enshrined under international law – the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). However, laws and concepts resonate much less with us than the things that pull at our heartstrings. With any precious gift entrusted to us from generation to generation, we know to protect it from harm. We must enshrine it in an ambient environment …


Funding networks: Answering the what, why, and how

18 September 2021
Kerstin Tebbe

Networks often require donor funding to undertake activities to achieve their visions and missions. But, as we so often hear in our work with networks, mobilizing and managing adequate funds pose a host of challenges, both for networks and their donors. And, given the paucity of existing research, the fundamental questions of what, why, and how donors fund networks are as yet broadly unanswered. Collective Mind recently completed the first phase of a participatory research …


Rattling the Cages: Helping the world to see clearly

17 September 2021
James Chen

In 1962 the idea of putting a man on the moon was a pipe dream. Yet seven years later, the moon landing inspired an entire planet, giving way to new etymology around what it means to take risks: a moonshot – any challenge deemed nigh impossible, one that requires the investment of expertise, capital and time and where failure is a noteworthy threat but a necessary risk. My moonshot has unfolded over the past two …


Trust is the currency of life – and the accelerator for community-led change

15 September 2021
Eshban Kwesiga and Ese Emerhi

This article is part of a series of articles about Community-Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy can support community-led change.  There is an African proverb that goes ‘he who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.’ The word ‘trust’ is sometimes used in philanthropy to describe relationships between donors and their grantees. From the donors’ perspective, the relationship begins with normalized suspicion. Trust is often something that needs to be …


Corporations as new philanthropists

13 September 2021
Sémia Bey and Henry Peter

Philanthropy is evolving, with corporations playing a growing role among the more traditional players in the sector. Can it be …


Funders’ most powerful resources are the young people they seek to serve

11 September 2021
Jones Mwalwanda

Nearly 50 per cent of the developing world population is made up of children and youth. Of the 1.5 billion …


Looking at girls’ education through a different lens

9 September 2021
Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake

Girls’ education has been deemed a ‘silver bullet’ for some of the biggest development challenges. It has been likened to …


Looking back, looking ahead: Impact investing at a crossroads

8 September 2021
Amit Bouri

In the earliest days of a formal impact investing industry, the concept itself was radical. I vividly recall sitting in …


Implementing successful non-profit initiatives: is it a matter of money or education?

4 September 2021
Svitlana Bakhshaliieva

It is hard to overestimate the importance of education. However, when it comes to the charity sector, internal growth and …


My dream for philanthropy: more trust and support for youth-led groups

3 September 2021
Solomon Tawanda Ndondo

Starting an organization as a young person with passion and drive is one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences. …


Proximity as a value: Grassroots leaders as intellectual partners

1 September 2021
Shubha Chacko

This article is part of a series of articles about Community-Led Philanthropy, co-hosted by GlobalGiving. The conversation explores the ways philanthropy …


In Himalayan region, conflict costs heavy on climate change

28 August 2021
Bilal Ahmad Pandow

It has been over two years since the government of India has made legislative changes in Jammu and Kashmir, clamming …


Feminist friendship as method: experiences of re-organising power in philanthropy

27 August 2021
Ruby Johnson and Devi Leiper O’Malley

In this series, we explore the significance of friendship in philanthropy and our movements. Lisa M. Tillman-Healy argues the merit …