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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 …


Impact philanthropy: building blocks of impact for maximising the ROI of your philanthropy

Sue Norton 5 September 2021

As Covid-19 and its variants continue to spread despite progress with vaccines, what felt like a brief period of optimism in some countries has given way to renewed uncertainty. Thankfully, many corporations and foundations in …


Decolonising aid is not supposed to be easy

2 Moky Makura 23 August 2021

Are funders really prepared to put in the work to shift the balance of power when it comes to their giving on the continent? I am not totally convinced. Over the years, people have reached …

Major funders establish $5.7m participatory grantmaking fund for Detroit nonprofits

Alliance magazine 21 August 2021

Six major funders have joined together to establish a $5.7 million fund for nonprofits in Detroit that are led by people of colour. The fund will operate as a participatory grantmaking model, and plans to …

Why philanthropists get overwhelmed and how to avoid shutting down

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 8 August 2021

How To Find The Reset Button. A serious, but largely overlooked, problem in philanthropy is feeling overwhelmed. What is overwhelm? According to wellness writer Michelle Rees, ‘Overwhelm happens when the sheer volume of thoughts feelings, …

Does your philanthropy suffer from a scarcity mindset?

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 24 July 2021

Take this short quiz to find out. It’s philanthropy’s Achilles heel. Foundation leaders, donors, professional athletes, corporate executives – all philanthropists – want to be good caretakers of their charitable wealth. They want their assets …

Grantmaking reform is up for grabs; here’s how to make it stick

Gemma Bull and Tom Steinberg 21 July 2021

The cat is out of the bag, and the horse has long since bolted. The fact that the profession of grantmaking needs reform is now no longer a secret whispered at the edges of conferences …

New guidelines for donors highlight how to fund effectively in Pakistan

Alliance magazine 30 June 2021

The Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy has released ‘Giving to Pakistan: Guidelines for Donors’, a report seeking to inspire and support strategic giving in Pakistan. The report helps donors ensure their giving is done in full …

The grantmaking practices we need

Cassie Robinson 21 June 2021

I’ve been thinking a lot about grantmaking as a practice, and in particular what kinds of practices we need to steward what Arundhati Roy talks of here – ‘Another world is not only possible, she …

How to responsibly end funding relationships with charities

Matthew Mannix and Charlotte Lamb 12 June 2021

Throughout the pandemic, philanthropists, trusts, and foundations have done a phenomenal job of supporting charities and other social purpose organisations by providing them with emergency grants. However, many of the emergency grants made by funders …