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An African civil society perspective on localizing international funding

Rose Maruru 14 November 2022

Philanthropy can help lead the way in shifting international humanitarian and development funding to local and national organizations. African civil society organizations will be an important part of this shift. African CSOs have long been …


Why impact assessment remains crucial for good and effective philanthropy

Dan Corry 5 November 2022

A lot of good ideas have come from the fashion for so-called trust-based philanthropy. We at NPC have pushed funders to make more of their grants unrestricted for ages, so we were pleased to see …


Collaboration in philanthropy: three projects that illustrate the latest trends

Sabrina Grassi 18 October 2022

In a world in transition, where crises, disruptions, and uncertainties are occurring with increased intensity since the first half of the 20th century, we can see that philanthropists are seeking to act concretely on these …

A call to foundations: make it easier for charities to apply for funding

Caroline Fiennes 12 October 2022

The system by which charities apply to charitable foundations for funding is dreadful. When I ran an operational charity, I and the team spent far too long on it – often simply re-writing and re-formatting …

The next evolution of international philanthropy: Localization

Kathleen Enright, Peter Laugharn and Benjamin Bellegy 10 October 2022

American foundations should feel pride about one of the key headlines from an event at the U.N. General Assembly last month: a new report on global giving found their giving has skyrocketed in recent years, …

How a UK philanthropist is responding to the cost of living crisis

Kate Symondson 6 October 2022

I began my philanthropic journey in the midst of the pandemic, tasked with turning my family’s charitable fund into a purposeful, strategic foundation at a time when it felt utterly necessary to do so. The …

The UK’s mini-budget is mixed news for philanthropy

Allan McKinnon 1 October 2022

Philanthropy is often seen as a private thing, separate from business interests, markets and fiscal policy, but of course, it is deeply intertwined. So, what does the Chancellor’s mini-budget mean for your charitable giving, and …

Integrating evidence and experience

Robbie Gregorowski, Zand Craig, Ly Nguyen and Savi Mull 26 September 2022

How a new approach to monitoring and evaluation can make sense of complex projects Building the foundation for results, sense-making and learning ‘Demonstrating real world impact can be an elusive holy grail for most NGO …

Mission to Scale: a podcast to help you take the guesswork out of changing more lives

Spring Impact 31 August 2022

‘A ‘must’ if you’re serious about scaling…it’s a great mix of ideas and practical examples.’ (Apple Podcast Review US, 2022) Extreme poverty, climate change, racial injustice. As the world’s problems accelerate, so should our solutions. …

Operating Archetypes: a new tool for analysis and action

Olga Tarasov 20 August 2022

Given the recent and ongoing seismic shocks to society from the pandemic, increased recognition of systemic inequities, and climate change, many philanthropies around the world, regardless of their form, experience, age and size, are facing …