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A call for ‘timely’ capital

Farahnaz Karim and Audrey Selian 23 May 2020

The reality of fund-raising for those seeking ‘patient capital’ has proven more elusive than the current optimistic narrative about impact investing would suggest, and it begs the question: can capital really be patient? The unstated …


How to rapidly scale solutions in a crisis

Martha Paren 22 May 2020

Non-profits, often on the front-line of the COVID-19 response, are stepping up to the mammoth challenge ahead. Those delivering services at the forefront of the crisis – from domestic violence, to mental health, food poverty …


Supporting conservation during a crisis

Emma McIntosh and Francesca McGrath 21 May 2020

Many are wondering – more than usual – about whether they will be able to start or sustain a career in nature conservation. Yet supporting conservation and conservationists is more critical now than ever. Nature …

How to do participatory grantmaking online during COVID-19

Katy Love and Winifred Ollif 18 May 2020

Can funders manage participatory decision-making during a pandemic? Yes! We know participatory grantmaking can be effective online because we’ve done it. Calls are growing for funders to open up their decision-making and share power with …

Strategic philanthropy in emergencies: Learnings from the TPW community

The Philanthropy Workshop 16 May 2020

COVID-19 has kickstarted a conversation across the social sector about the role of philanthropy in responding to the crisis. An encouraging consensus is emerging: now is the time for swift, strategic action.  Strategic vs unstrategic …

We dropped the ball on climate protection in 2008 – we can’t afford to do it again

Peter Heller 14 May 2020

In 2009, I wrote a piece for Alliance – Wanted: First movers. Reading it now, I feel tempted to copy and paste the introduction into a new article about the COVID-19 pandemic: ‘It is a …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 3

Cassie Robinson 13 May 2020

This is the third post in a series of Observations from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during Covid-19. Last week The National Lottery Community Fund hosted the first of a series of three …

Australia’s Minderoo Foundation buys ten million COVID-19 tests, but is reimbursed by government

Elika Roohi 13 May 2020

In Australia, mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo Foundation have acquired ten million coronavirus tests at AUD $320 million (USD $208 million) for the Australian public. The Foundation was later reimbursed by …

Disaster response and the development sector

Aboli Abkari 11 May 2020

An effective response to a humanitarian crisis in the wake of a disaster will entail preparedness, alignment of programme objectives and managing the post-disaster scenario. The development sector works with those sections of the society …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 2

Cassie Robinson 10 May 2020

The narrative of civil societyNow more than ever, Trusts and Foundations should be investing in how to assemble and build a more visible narrative about what civil society has been doing during this crisis. It …