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Three ways to be a (more) feminist philanthropist: Recommendations from women’s rights organisations

22 November 2019
Oxfam GB, Apna Haq, Equality Now and Women for Women International

As an organisation committed to gender equality, Oxfam recently conducted research on specialist funders of women and girls, in partner with I.G. Advisors. We spoke to 26 funders and nine women’s rights organisations about their motivations, priorities and the challenges they face, to see how funders and practitioners can work together more effectively. We found that despite sharing many of the same principles and ambitions, there is a mismatch between the needs of women’s rights …


Shifting power to resist the rights backlash with trust based philanthropy

15 November 2019
Rebecca Hanshaw

In a world of populist, ‘punching down’ and divisive politics, trust is a commodity in short supply. A bleak reality, and one with significant consequence for individuals, communities, nations – and philanthropy. Regardless of where we live and who we love, all our interactions – from personal relationships to the global economy – depend on trust. Its role in nurturing mutual respect and tolerance is now clear. As trust has eroded, and the use or …


Communication is the strategy

31 October 2019
Virginia Ruan

Communications strategy: what is it exactly in the context of a grant-making foundation? How can we use communications to achieve …

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Six business principles applicable to philanthropy

20 October 2019
Leena Dandekar

For most new philanthropists, making the transition from the corporate world to philanthropy can be intimidating. At first, it seems …


Assessing your grantee’s financial sustainability? Then please read this.

17 October 2019
Rose Longhurst

Recently several small organisations I’m involved in have been quizzed about their ‘financial sustainability’ by foundation donors. This term has …

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Grantmakers need to be flexible to better support small and local charities

16 October 2019
Alex Van Vliet

Running a small charity can feel like a constant balancing act of competing demands and spinning plates. The investment and …

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The power of girls: six lessons for funders who support them

11 October 2019
Corey Oser

Today is International Day of the Girl, and this year’s theme, ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,’ offers an inspiring reminder to …


Would donors be alarmed if they knew how much charities spent on foreign exchange fees?

6 October 2019
Curtis Noble

Exactly 10 years ago, the ‘Better FX’ guide attempted to tackle the common pitfalls INGOs faced when managing their FX …

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Why we need to invest in scaling complex needs projects

29 September 2019
Stephanie Woodrow

We know people rarely face single issues in their lives. Often our challenges are complex, interlinked and change over time. …


Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust shares lessons learnt from £80 million funding programme

23 September 2019
Alliance magazine

In a report published today, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust shares lessons learnt from their time-limited funding programme. The …

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Small Donors, big thinking

19 September 2019
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

How small investors can change the world ‘Small but mighty’ is a phrase we’ve seen applied time and again to …