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Book review: Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South

Michael Seberich 15 June 2024

Reimagining Philanthropy in the Global South is a bit like the arrival of a letter you knew must be on its way, but took a long time to get there.  The editors have put together …


Philea Forum 2024: Trust and Philanthropy

Alliance magazine 12 June 2024

In an era marked by the ongoing erosion of public trust in established institutions and growing demands for democracy, equality, climate action and social justice, the conference offered a space for philanthropy practitioners to share …


Private means for public ends?

Andrew Milner 4 June 2024

We’ve given contributors to this special feature of Alliance a particularly difficult task. We’ve asked them to bring together the notion of the common good with the principle and practice of philanthropy and to discern …

The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the myth of the good billionaire

Deborah Doane 4 June 2024

Reviewed by Deborah Doane, partner at Rights CoLab Tim Schwab’s forensic expose, The Bill Gates Problem, Reckoning with the Myth of the Good Billionaire makes for very uncomfortable (and gripping) reading. Schwab reveals Gates’ influence …

Welcome to the June 2024 issue of Alliance

Charles Keidan 4 June 2024

Like motherhood and apple pie, who would not be in favour of pursuing the common good? But what exactly is the common good? And do those of us working in philanthropy have a special responsibility …

Critical Friend: Social justice and philanthropy – still an uneasy relationship

Charles Keidan 4 June 2024

Is there really such a thing as social justice philanthropy?  That’s one of the big philosophical questions facing our field. It’s one which those of us working in philanthropy will have reflected on, at least …

Monte de Piedad’s Alejandra Angarita Chahín on Mexico’s social purpose pawnbroker

Andrew Milner 4 June 2024

The idea of a social purpose pawnbroker might seem odd, but it has a long history in Mexico’s Nacional Monte de Piedad. Social Investment director Alejandra Angarita Chahín explains to Andrew Milner how it works. …

Rethinking democracy in a digital age

Cecilia Galván and Gaston Wright 4 June 2024

The election of Javier Milei in Argentina suggests the need for philanthropy to shed its traditional political reticence In the shadow of Argentina’s 2023 elections, a fascinating narrative unfolded, not of political victories or defeats …

Tribunal: Is philanthropy political?

Charles Keidan, Sarah Durieux and Nicolas Duvoux 4 June 2024

This question was put to a tribunal of foundation CEOs during the European Academy of Strategic Philanthropy organised by Fondation de France and the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy at the Centre des Pensières on the …

Breaking down the barriers to peace

Soheila Comninos, Alexandra Toma and Patrick Hiller 4 June 2024

Funders of peace, human rights, democracy and development often operate in isolation from each other. Here are some ways to change that The world is seeing the highest number of violent conflicts since the Second …