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Lessons learned from delivering $100 million in support to local leaders

16 September 2020
Regan Ralph

In 2002, a small group of dedicated activists and funders set out to do something different in human rights philanthropy. Dismayed by the dominant top-down approach to social justice, we launched the Fund for Global Human Rights to shift power and resources into local hands. Since then, we’ve distributed more than $100 million in grants to local human rights activists around the world – and seen how, with the right resources, they can not only …

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The Roddenberry Foundation’s +1 Global Fund is a philanthropic experiment

10 September 2020
Lior Ipp

For foundations and philanthropists everywhere, the Covid-19 crisis represents a singular challenge, as well as an opportunity to doing things differently. This month, in response to the pandemic, The Roddenberry Foundation launched the +1 Global Fund, the first fund of its kind with no applications, restrictions, or reporting. The Fund relies on a ‘network of networks’ framework in which leading social entrepreneurs identify and nominate peers who are successfully combating the pandemic in their communities. …

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How to make online workshops better

3 September 2020
Joe Hill

Virtual meetings may have been an invaluable tool in this crisis, but it’s fair to say they also have their …

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How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 2

16 August 2020
Gorgi Krlev

Rethinking pathways to impact The need for impact investing to meet and support social entrepreneurship is growing stronger. And yet, …

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How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 1

15 August 2020
Gorgi Krlev

Rethinking the rationales for decision-making by entrepreneurs and investors Social Finance and Impact Investing are clearly hot topics. The media …

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Seven lessons donors can learn from MacKenzie Scott’s surprise $1.7 billion gift

9 August 2020
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

On July 28, MacKenzie Scott surprised the world by announcing she had made $1.7 billion in donations to 116 nonprofit organisations. …

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Why the most difficult time for planning strategy may be the right time

5 August 2020
Hannah Barker

As we move into a new phase of the Covid-19 crisis, there is a need – and hopefully now some …

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Governance and social movements: How funders can help bridge an unnecessary divide

24 July 2020
Michael Jarvis

The coronavirus pandemic poses a challenge and opportunity for governance funders. There is an immediate need to support transparency, participation …

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Riding the impact wave: The brave new world

20 July 2020
Farahnaz Karim

In this uncertain era, many are re-imagining and preparing for a Brave New World. A world where profit is inextricably …


Living the crisis and the change: How women, girls, trans, and intersex people are coping with COVID-19 around the world

29 June 2020
Susan Jessop

What Mama Cash is hearing from its partners about the gendered impacts of the global pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic will …

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Facilitate development from below and from within: Seven practice-based recommendations for philanthropists

23 June 2020
Fons van der Velden and Ntombi Nyathi

World Bank data indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause the first increase in global poverty since 1998. …