Pearl Initiative launches ‘Governance in Philanthropy’ report


Alliance magazine


This report provides a detailed analysis of the findings of the research conducted by the Pearl Initiative as part of its Governance in the Philanthropic and Non-Profit Ecosystem programme that was launched in 2017 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Findings in this report are based on the results of a survey that captured quantitative results from key individuals engaged in the philanthropic and non-profit ecosystem in the Gulf Region, a series of focus group meetings in Dubai, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and discussions with key individuals.

Some of the key findings include:

  • 100% of survey respondents consider governance practices in the ecosystem need to be improved and 82% think there is a need to enhance governance practices within their own organisations.
  • 81% of foundations surveyed not only provide grants to implementing organisations, but also execute their own programmes. 60% of corporations and family firms do the same.
  • The presence of a board is one of the most prevalent issues of importance for donors with over 80% indicating that this was a key factor to consider when providing funding to implementing organisations. On the other hand, 80% of implementing organisations surveyed have established a board.
  • Transparencyis one of the most important issues for donors with 61% suggesting this is a ‘very important’ factor to consider as part of their funding decision and another 32% consider transparency ‘somewhat important’.

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