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How unrestricted should funding be?

25 November 2021
Hugh Davidson

INGOs prefer unrestricted funds, often for good reasons. For funders this can feel like: ‘Just give us the money and go away .’ Yet many funders like me want to be part of the process and to offer time and expertise too – based on our experience as strategic philanthropists. There is growing support today, even among funders in the Global North, for reducing restrictions on funding by shifting power to the front line – …

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How to stop making assumptions and accelerate community-led change

22 September 2021
Hannah Lee

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.  Assumptions – making decisions without proof – can be dangerous in philanthropy. When funders assume what communities need rather than continually listening, revising processes and shifting support based on localised feedback, it reinforces a power dynamic that further inequity. To better respond to and meet the unique needs of partners, philanthropy …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …