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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 …

Why and how to build cross-sector partnerships: Lessons from Ukraine

Oleksandra Lytvynenko 7 June 2021

‘True excellence is a product of synergy,’ a common saying goes. For the third sector, it’s especially relevant. It’s too common for nonprofits advocating important causes to be understaffed and under-resourced. Brokering cross-sector partnerships is …

$1.5m pooled fund launches in Asia to improve healthcare systems

Alliance magazine 10 May 2021

A new pooled fund in Asia, coordinated by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, will support strengthening healthcare systems in Southeast Asia. The AVPN Philanthropic Pooled Fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, …

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: Reflection, assessment, and sharing

Leslie Pine 9 May 2021

When pursuing deep social impact, an important part of the journey is creating space to reflect on what you have done, where you are currently, and where you would like to go. The reflection process …

Practical tips for funder collaboration in new toolkit

Jim Cooke and Cassie Robinson 29 April 2021

It doesn’t take long online to find content about collaboration – what makes a good collaboration, stories from the frontlines of collaboration, and so forth. It’s much harder to find content that practically guides you …

Re-imagining feminist philanthropy in Poland

Bethan Cansfield and Chiara de Luca 28 April 2021

Feminist movements face growing hostility in Poland due to political unrest and shrinking civic space driven by the rise of ultra-right authoritarianism. Peaceful protests and solidarity demonstrations for LGBTI and women’s rights have recently been …