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How philanthropy can open up

Jane Dodson 1 January 2022

What if… we were all more open? Open to the latest ideas, open to listening to others, and open to sharing what we have learnt? How much more could we achieve? How many more could …


Global South environmental and justice funders join together to launch Fundos del Sur

Alliance magazine 11 December 2021

A group of Global South funders have joined together in a new initiative to direct resources to local grassroots organisations working on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The new fund, called Alianza Socioambiental Fondos …


Are time-limited projects outdated?

Hugh Davidson 8 December 2021

 ‘As soon as donor money stops, the project ends.’ This remark, by Rakesh Rajani, Vice President of Programs at Co-Impact, sets out the prevailing orthodoxy in international aid. In light of this, why do funders …

10 year grants: investing in ecologies and ecosystems to do the long, deep work of system shifting change

Cassie Robinson 4 November 2021

The Growing Great Ideas Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund offers long term, multi-year funding to initiatives with the potential to achieve transformative, longer-term change. Last month we announced the first recipients of Growing …

Whitewater philanthropy: Creating change while ‘shooting the rapids’

Stefan Flothmann 30 October 2021

This year, in the space of just a few months, the combination of three crises have wiped out decades of philanthropic investments in sustainable development, human rights and social justice. Due to the impacts of …

How to save the world for just a trillion dollars

Rowan Hooper 22 October 2021

Remember the film Brewster’s Millions? Richard Pryor’s character is given a vast sum of money and told to spend it. I sometimes wondered what I would do in that position.  My daydream turned into a …

Philanthropy Together launches racial equity programme for giving circles globally

Alliance magazine 14 October 2021

Philanthropy Together — a global initiative to diversify and democratize philanthropy through scaling and strengthening giving circles — has launched a Community of Practice programme focused on racial equity. The organisation hopes that the programme …

Is earned revenue right for your nonprofit?

1 Belinda Li 9 October 2021

Boston, 1902: Reverend Edgar J. Helms collected unwanted household goods and clothing from across the city, employing impoverished immigrants to repair those items for resale and paying the workers through the sales revenue. Known today …

King Baudouin Foundation launches Myriad, an alliance to facilitate borderless giving

Alliance magazine 2 October 2021

Donors across four different continents can now support charities in nearly 100 countries through Myriad, an alliance created by the King Baudouin Foundation and its affiliates in North America. Myriad aims to ease and encourage …

Flexible funding is the right way forward – but we still need to measure impact

Sarah Denselow and Seth Reynolds 20 September 2021

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 …