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Flexible funding is the right way forward – but we still need to measure impact

20 September 2021
Sarah Denselow and Seth Reynolds

One of the healthiest shifts we’ve seen from this pandemic has been the rise of more flexible trust-based forms of grant-making. But this shift carries risks. How do we know if the money is making a difference? Having made great progress on the first half of the grant-making cycle – the making and managing of grants – we need to give attention to the second half: impact measurement and learning. New approaches to one will require new approaches …

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Impact philanthropy: building blocks of impact for maximising the ROI of your philanthropy

5 September 2021
Sue Norton

As Covid-19 and its variants continue to spread despite progress with vaccines, what felt like a brief period of optimism in some countries has given way to renewed uncertainty. Thankfully, many corporations and foundations in the United States are giving generously to support countries and communities impacted by the pandemic. It is more critical than ever that this support continues if we are to eradicate the virus for good and quell the social and economic …

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How to help Afghans? Suggestions for impactful and respectful giving

30 August 2021
Farahnaz Karim

The security and political crisis in Afghanistan has touched many around the world who are ready to help, host and welcome Afghan refugees as the Taliban carefully calibrate and repackage their religious brand, using a very ‘Western’ social media strategy. The global response for Afghans and, in particular, in support of Afghan women and girls is laudable as it speaks to the essence of philanthropy, the love of humankind. But to be effective and far-reaching …

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How to effectively support the earthquake-hit communities in Haiti

16 August 2021
Regine Webster

The island nation of Haiti has been dealt yet another devastating blow. While details are still emerging, we know that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the southwest of Haiti on Saturday. Based on the similarities between this earthquake and the destructive quake in 2010, the damage from today’s earthquake is likely to be similar. Furthermore, Tropical Storm Grace is heading directly toward Haiti, expecting to land on the island of Hispanola (home to Haiti and the …

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How funders worried by the UN climate report can address the climate crisis

10 August 2021
Liz Gadd

As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report declares ‘code red for humanity,’ now is the time for funders, regardless of …

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Why philanthropists get overwhelmed and how to avoid shutting down

8 August 2021
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

How To Find The Reset Button. A serious, but largely overlooked, problem in philanthropy is feeling overwhelmed. What is overwhelm? …

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Does your philanthropy suffer from a scarcity mindset?

24 July 2021
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Take this short quiz to find out. It’s philanthropy’s Achilles heel. Foundation leaders, donors, professional athletes, corporate executives – all …

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Grantmaking reform is up for grabs; here’s how to make it stick

21 July 2021
Gemma Bull and Tom Steinberg

The cat is out of the bag, and the horse has long since bolted. The fact that the profession of …

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How to responsibly end funding relationships with charities

12 June 2021
Matthew Mannix and Charlotte Lamb

Throughout the pandemic, philanthropists, trusts, and foundations have done a phenomenal job of supporting charities and other social purpose organisations …

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Trusting relationships advance philanthropy during times of crisis

16 May 2021
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Build trusting relationships before times get tough. Regardless of who you’re trying to help or who your potential collaborators are, we’re all …

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How to safely engage children in virtual events

18 April 2021
Hayley Roffey

Those of us working in the charitable sector know an effective way to raise money for children’s charities is to …

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30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: leveraging and creatively using resources

4 April 2021
Leslie Pine

There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase ‘time, talent, and treasure’ when it comes to philanthropy. Many in the …

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How to invest in narrative competency and combat toxic polarisation

9 March 2021
Julia Roig and Melanie Greenberg

In part one of this series, we argued for why philanthropy should invest in narrative competency to help combat toxic …