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Investments are our superpower

Danielle Walker Palmour 1 September 2020

It’s widely accepted that institutional philanthropy can achieve more by throwing the whole of its weight behind its mission. This special feature examines some of the ways and means in which foundations are doing so …


Investing for a just transition

Nick Robins 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

The need to rebuild after the Covid-19 pandemic offers an opportunity for a just transition to a clean economy – an opportunity foundation investors must take Crises can be moments of transformation. The catastrophic failure …


In profile: Philanthropic investing

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations are actively using a greater range of their assets to pursue their underlying aims. These investments span a wide variety of form, purpose and recipient, a sample of which is featured here Foundations going …

Virtue signalling is not always a virtue: Conversation with Hewlett’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall

Danielle Walker Palmour 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor Danielle Walker Palmour talks to Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall, respectively CEO and chief investment officer of the Hewlett Foundation, about why the foundation is investing its $10 billion endowment for the long …

Harnessing the philanthropy and finance sectors for social good

Qing Gu 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Limited assets among Chinese foundations restricts their ability to bring about change – but it may also act as a catalyst for other resources When the Narada Foundation announced plans to contribute 50 million RMB …

Mission-driven investing: are foundations doing enough?

Colin Habberton 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations could take the lead in making mission-driven investing a mainstream practice. The pandemic may give them a push in that direction For reasons that are both systemic and paradigmatic, mission-driven investing in South Africa …

Time for climate and sustainability coherence

María-Laura Rojas 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that global problems need comprehensive solutions The current pandemic has laid bare the fact that Latin American philanthropy can no longer ignore the need to concert its grantmaking and investment …

Finding families for orphan issues

Mauro Meggiolaro 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

European organisations are joining forces in critical shareholding but there’s a long road ahead This story begins in Italy in the 1990s, when a series of pacifist, environmental, trade union and fair trade organisations created …

Making philanthropy’s superpower super

Lily Tomson 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

How foundations are choosing their investments and engaging with companies to shape the future Philanthropy has an unlikely but critical superpower, as Danielle Walker-Palmour says in her lead article: investment. European foundations have over 500 …

Hitting the bull’s-eye

Seb Elsworth 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations’ missions and investments won’t always be perfectly aligned, but the centre of the target is always worth aiming for Whatever stage foundations have reached in aligning their investments with their mission, there are common …