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Is the trust-based philanthropy bubble about to burst?

3 Charles Keidan 6 April 2022

If trust-based philanthropy is the new orthodoxy sweeping the philanthropic world, then MacKenzie Scott is its undisputed champion. Scott has turned the institutional philanthropy model on its head donating over $12 billion to nonprofits over …


An unexpected impact from Russia’s Ukraine offensive? Philanthropy’s football moment

Charles Keidan 4 March 2022

News from the football world spilled over into philanthropy last week when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich announced that ‘stewardship and care’ of Chelsea Football Club was being handed over to trustees of the football club’s …


Philea launches: good news for European philanthropy

Charles Keidan 7 December 2021

It took over ten years for a merger of the US Foundation Centre and Guidestar to create Candid. It’s taken the Donors and Foundation Network in Europe and the European Foundation Centre less than two …

Are American philanthropists funding the gaps which their tax avoidance has caused?

Elika Roohi 11 June 2021

A report from ProPublica this week, citing leaked tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, alleged that most of these billionaires pay little to no tax on their wealth. Among the list are many …

Advice for philanthropy from COP’s Climate Action Champion

Charles Keidan 2 June 2021

‘Philanthropy is incredibly influential.’ That is the view of Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion for the UK, who is responsible for driving the actions of non-state actors to a fossil-free future ahead of COP26 …

The Lemann Foundation and the case of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Charles Keidan 30 March 2021

What gives philanthropy its social license to operate? That’s a question which Australian philanthropy scholar, commentator and Alliance editorial board member, Krystian Seibert explored in an Alliance essay a couple of years ago. It was …

A mirror to our field: my five-point plan for the future of philanthropy

1 Charles Keidan 21 January 2021

At the end of last year, I had the privilege to speak on a panel alongside colleagues in philanthropy around the world at the Gife conference – the leading association for philanthropic foundations in Brazil. …

European philanthropy networks up their game

Charles Keidan 4 February 2020

What happens when you bring philanthropy wonks together, roughly divided into two groups, to spend quality time with one another? One set of groups represents the interests of foundations in individual countries and the other …

Foundations aren’t transparent enough, leading corporate funder tells Alliance

Charles Keidan 20 February 2018

The chief executives of two leading philanthropy sector organisations have sharply criticised foundation practice in the UK. In the latest Alliance podcast debating their philanthropy provocation paper Paul Streets of corporate funder the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Dan …

British foundations have come of age

1 Charles Keidan 16 November 2017

Around 400 people gathered at the British Medical Association’s headquarters in North London last week for the annual conference of the UK’s Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), the leading umbrella body for British philanthropy. The …