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30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: fostering authentic learning & engagement

Leslie Pine 5 March 2021

When it comes to philanthropy, jumping right into action can be the ‘fun’ part, and can also offer opportunities to experiment with different approaches as a way to inform next steps needed to address often …

New guide for funders looks at strategic use of time horizons

Alliance magazine 4 March 2021

To give as much as possible, as fast as possible, or to limit giving to a rate that enables an in-perpetuity existence? These are questions that philanthropists and charitable foundations are increasingly considering as more …

Leading with humility: how consultants can support disability inclusion in philanthropy

Seema Shah 21 February 2021

As a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant whose work centers on equity and inclusion, I am keenly aware that humility is a core competency and that the learning never ends. So, when the National Network of …

Safety and wellbeing: promising funder practices to support partners

Alison Miranda, Vanina Serra and Wedad Bseiso 12 February 2021

Restrictive legislation, targeted attempts to surveil or hack, threats to physical safety: these are only some of the constraints facing activists and organisations, mainly imposed by government and private sector actors, restricting or shrinking civic …

Pooled funder African Visionary Fund commits $1m in core support to African-led organisations

1 Alliance magazine 10 February 2021

African Visionary Fund – a pooled fund with support from partners such as the King Baudouin Foundation US, Segal Family Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Tawingo Fund – have announced $1 million in general operating support …

Why I fund philanthropy support organisations

2 Peter Brach 8 February 2021

I fund PSOs and umbrella organisations because under the right circumstances the outcome can be enormous. My grantmaking focuses on low-risk, high-return approaches for achieving broad impact. Based on my experience to date, both are …

Business of Philanthropy: IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva

1 Alliance magazine 6 February 2021

In the latest episode of The Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with the International Money Fund’s Kristalina Georgieva …

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: putting strategy into practice

Leslie Pine 4 February 2021

As a strategic philanthropy advising practice working with donors to increase the impact of their philanthropy, we talk a lot about the word ‘strategy’. But what does strategy really mean? Beyond that, what does putting strategy …

Why Disaster Tech in Asia holds great potential, and how to scale the field

Natasha Rynjah 3 February 2021

A person who lives in the Asia Pacific region is five times more likely to suffer from disasters than anywhere else in the world. Indeed, the ruin from disaster events is catastrophic: over 500,000 lives …

Alliance launches column on funding practice

Alliance magazine 2 February 2021

What makes for effective philanthropy? In our new Funding practice column, we answer this question by exploring different funding models of philanthropy, the impact of different types and lengths of funding, collaborative and pooled funding …