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Why widespread philanthropic coordination is so elusive: Lessons from the sector

1 Melissa Stevens and Hilary McConnaughey 15 February 2023

Time and again, there are clarion calls within the philanthropic sector for more coordination among funders – but so far, no remedy has endured. When the Covid-19 pandemic upended our lives in early 2020, the …

Are the Chinese embracing giving circles?

1 Alliance magazine 18 January 2023

Research from the Shanghai United Foundation, released last month, examines the status of giving circles in China and its impact on citizen philanthropy. The report is the first piece of research that seeks to understand …

How can funders support pro-democracy movements?

Julia Roig 16 January 2023

As the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 16 January, it is a moment to look back on the ways a broad-based, pro-democracy movement came together to push for civil rights and …

To shift power, fund entire ecosystems

1 Clare Gibson Nangle and Devon Kearney 10 January 2023

It’s a classic tale of the trajectory of a nongovernmental organization (NGO): a well-meaning organization grows rapidly, crafts a beautiful strategy, and has all the right subject-matter expertise in place, only to realize late in …

Foundation funding practices: Triggering change from within

Karsten Timmer 23 December 2022

Criticism of inflexible and unfair funding practices of foundations is not limited to the US and the UK. On the contrary: Just recently, a call organized by the Berlin-based consulting firm Phineo gave room for …

7 habits of highly participatory donors & NGOs

Emily Sullivan, YET4H, We Trust You(th), Copper Rose Zambia, CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality, Green Girls Platform, IYAFP and ¿Y yo, por qué no? por qué no? 30 November 2022

Ready to improve your work with young people? This is for you! Many donors and NGOs have the intention of working more collaboratively with young people. These intentions have been demonstrated through consensus statements, challenges, …

An African civil society perspective on localizing international funding

2 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 …