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Systems change and philanthropy

Julian Corner 5 March 2019

Philanthropy and systems approaches are an obvious coupling but the future of their relationship remains far from clear This special feature explores a growing aspiration in philanthropy to achieve system-level change. It looks at the …


Changing the philanthropy system

Charles Keidan 5 March 2019

Debates are raging about the standing of philanthropy in democratic societies. Today’s critics point to the ways in which philanthropy enables wealthy individuals and families to exercise (and enjoy) public influence off the back of …


The bigger picture lying behind royal philanthropy

Chandrika Sahai 5 March 2019

I appreciate Alliance focusing on the philanthropy of royal families around the world (December 2018) because in order for philanthropy to be effective and accountable, it does need to be scrutinised. Several articles in the issue ask …

Global Updates

Alliance magazine 5 March 2019

This is our round-up of philanthropy news around the world featured in the March 2019 issue of Alliance: The Americas New law to regulate endowments in Brazil Cross-border giving guide from CAF America 2016 election prompts …

Power is a complex issue

Robin Heller 5 March 2019

The Alliance editorial and lead article introducing the issue on Royal Philanthropy raised thoughtful questions about covering some of the most consequential donors in the world: royalty. Yes, there are very specific power dynamics when …

Interview: Rob Reich

Charles Keidan 5 March 2019

For Rob Reich, co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the first question to ask about philanthropy is not how well is it doing, but what is it for? In an influential …

Fascinating insight into working at scale

Philo Alto 5 March 2019

I enjoyed reading the interview with James Chen (December 2018). James’ steadfast approach to philanthropy, leveraging deep domain expertise to catalyse social impacts is worth emulating by those who seek to do good outside of …

Putting a foot in Europe’s closing doors

Massimo Lapucci 5 March 2019

Recent political developments are threatening civic space in Europe. Foundations are stepping forward to defend it This year marks three decades since the establishment of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), as well as the fall …

Open your black books

Juliet Valdinger 5 March 2019

It excites me no end when I see what can be achieved without a personal agenda. When Charles Keidan mentioned in passing that the September 2018 edition of Alliance would look in-depth at Muslim philanthropy, …

The state of French philanthropy

Andrew Milner 5 March 2019

It’s an auspicious moment for philanthropy in France but the sector is still finding its feet In May, the European Foundation Centre will hold its annual conference in Paris and 2019 also marks the 50th …