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In profile: Funders and the law

Alliance magazine 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Laws prescribe the rights and duties of citizens; the courts provide the means of upholding the one and enforcing the other. Too often, though, laws are inadequate to protect the rights of all citizens, or …


Supporting legal action

James A. Goldston and Martin O'Brien 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

As Alliance magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary, we asked two long-standing funders of legal action to reflect on their experience over those 25 years and to point out some of the most important lessons learned …


Can litigation achieve true social justice?

Lisa Vanhala and Jacqui Kinghan 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Commentators have argued over the value and effects of strategic litigation. What can funders learn about the issue from their analyses? In the 1954 case of Brown v Board of Education, the US Supreme Court …

Strategic litigation and grassroots power

Aleyamma Mathew 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

To ensure a democratic future, funders should help build ecosystems and get behind intersectional approaches The victory of the Biden-Harris campaign in the 2020 US presidential election was not born out of fundraising campaigns and …

Financing people-centred justice in Africa

Lorenzo M. Wakefield 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

In the many places where access to justice is limited, funders should put money into supporting community-based paralegals The 2019 ‘Justice for All’ report found that 5.1 billion people – a staggering two-thirds of the …

Not just a question of law

Jackson Otieno 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

The work of the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative shows the need to adopt a context-driven approach to eliminating the persecution of same-sex conduct Removing laws that criminalise same-sex conduct will eliminate the …

Abolishing slavery once and for all

Nick Grono 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Few practices have incurred more odium than slavery, yet it persists. Building a philanthropy-backed sustainable litigation ecosystem is key to ending it for good More than 40 million people live in slavery today – where …

Restrictions blot the landscape

Hanna Surmatz and Nikoleta Bitterová 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Despite the growth of philanthropy in Europe and moves towards greater European integration, new research finds that foundations face ongoing restrictions A favourable legal and operating environment is crucial for the philanthropy sector to meet …

Model aircraft, yes – social justice, no

Romy Krämer and Stefan Diefenbach-Trommer 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

The interpretation of an antiquated law on charitable status is threatening politically active civil society organisations in Germany In February 2019, the German Supreme Tax Court issued a judgment with far-reaching consequences. It ruled that …

Advancing justice is a multi-pronged act

Nicolette Naylor and David Sampson 2 March 2021

Many funders are reluctant to delve into legal work because they see it as too specialised. However, it can be a more supple and accessible instrument for achieving change than they realise To a degree …