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Ten things that need to happen for social investment to thrive in Central and Eastern Europe

10 October 2018
Nicole Etchart and Roxana Damaschin-Tecu

It has been 21 years since NESsT was launched in Budapest, Hungary. Our value proposition was that socially driven enterprises were a solution for the Centeal and Eastern European (CEE) region’s most critical social problems. They could address issues of exclusion, poverty, marginalization, and inequality, while shifting the paradigm from grant funded short-term initiatives, to entrepreneurial, innovative, sustainable solutions.   Has this proposition been validated? There has been growing recognition that these hybrid enterprises solve …

Stop wasting your time, energy, and effort. Improve your communications and progress faster!

28 September 2018
Décio Emanuel

When meeting with founders and directors of social enterprises, one struggle that comes back to me every time is their poor communication within the team. Most social enterprises are small businesses, with usually 2 to 3 individuals highly involved in the major decisions. This often means that teams resort to endless to-and-fro strings of emails, leading to ‘Funding App FINAL Draft 4.0’ attachments and, simultaneously, time wasted in catch-up meetings because things…just aren’t clear enough. …

Get funding for your social enterprise through an experimental approach

19 September 2018
Décio Emanuel

Here’s the truth: the business model you have now is not the business model you will have in a year’s …

Maximizing the way we work: The impact of board culture

8 September 2018
Rebecca Miller

Recently, we worked with a family foundation board that had just done a major revamp of its grantmaking strategy and …

How we diversified our foundation’s board

7 September 2018
Samia Khatun

As a Trustee of the Hilden Charitable Fund, I have been participating in events run by the UK’s Association of …


Increasing retail fundraising in India

1 September 2018
Irwin Fernandes

India’s middle classes and donations from them have been growing at a rapid pace. According to PSJP’s report on Philanthropy in …

Donor Advised Funds v. Charitable Foundations

31 August 2018
Lauren Janus

Maybe you’re tired of making one-off donations to a string of charities. Or maybe you’re keen to involve children or …

Responsive vs. Strategic Grantmaking: Which one is right for you?

26 August 2018
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

In philanthropy, there is much written about responsive and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Which approach is the most appropriate? Meaningful? …

3 ways philanthropy could help Saudi youth

20 August 2018
Elizabeth Bruce

A longer version of this article originally appeared on Al-Fanar Media and appears here with the permission of that publication …

What could your grantees do with a full-time person for 6 months?

17 August 2018
Chris Man

In calls for proposals from donors it is not uncommon to see application forms ask questions like; ‘Describe how you …


Alliance magazine launch blog dedicated to practical advice

16 August 2018
Alliance magazine

Do you have tips, guidance or knowledge which philanthropy practitioners and organisations could use to maximise their impact? Alliance magazine …