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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 our goals? And, why is communication important anyway? As the Head of Communications for Oak Foundation, I think about these questions a lot. I also know that my communications colleagues at more than 20 other foundations across Europe do as well. We have all learned over the years that communication done well brings great rewards. …

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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 like they are opposing worlds with starkly contrasting objectives: one is motivated by profits while the other by creating positive social impact. I have realized, however, that the core skillsets of business are essential to making philanthropy more efficient and effective. Here are six business skills that helped me successfully make the transition and start …


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 …

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10 things on my mind as a funder

27 August 2019
Cassie Robinson

Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a phone interview – or more informal chat – with a senior person …

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Bridging the gap between the impact boardroom and communities

23 August 2019
Rola El Chami

I recently attended an executive programme where I held a session on Impact & refugee camps in the Middle East. …