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Climate philanthropy after Paris

Charles Keidan 6 June 2016

Climate change is arguably the biggest issue facing the planet. It is therefore remarkable and surprising that only a small proportion of philanthropic resources address the issue head on – around 2 per cent. Could …

Refugees and migration: philanthropy responds

Charles Keidan 15 March 2016

So much trouble in the world. Sixty million people have been forced to leave their homes. Twenty million have fled their country of origin. Around 1.5 million landed on the shores or crossed the borders …

Foundations need to help narrow great gaps in SDGs

Paula Park 1 December 2015

Advocates are championing the agreement behind the Sustainable Development Goals. But let’s be frank about what’s missing: A committed source of funding the estimated $3.5 trillion to $5 trillion annual costs. Accountability – the agreement …

Speaking up for philanthropy

1 Paula Park 1 September 2015

In a two-day discussion at the Bosch Foundation in June, people expressed disquiet about the endurance and impact of their work. As I write, for example, both the MacArthur and Charles Stewart Mott Foundations are …

Goodbye, Alliance!

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2015

It hardly seems possible that, after 16 amazing years, my time with Alliance is almost at an end. Paula Park, my successor, takes up her post on 1 June, and we will work together to …

Art and social justice: which is the higher good?

1 Caroline Hartnell 2 March 2015

It’s an old chestnut: should we fund art ‘for its own sake’ or to further some other end? Can we justify philanthropic funding for the arts when there are so many more urgent things to …

Philanthropy in transitions

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2014

The special feature of this issue of Alliance is profoundly topical. No week goes by without a mixture of news about transitions out of war or repression: it could be progress in places like Tunisia …

People matter – it’s common sense

Caroline Hartnell 1 September 2014

As a long-time philanthropy watcher, I would say ‘talent management’ is something I have thought about only very occasionally over the years, probably when new presidents/CEOs are appointed at big foundations. The appointment of Judith …

Glass half full or glass half empty?

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2014

If you’re looking at impact investing, do you see a glass half empty or a glass half full? It all depends which end of the looking glass you’re looking through. If you consider that the …

When is repetition a virtue?

Caroline Hartnell 3 March 2014

When proofreading the contents page for this issue of Alliance, I came across the expressions ‘game-changer’ and ‘game-changing’ just a few lines apart. For an editor, repetition is anathema: the reflex reaction is ‘must change …