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Interview: Alberto Alemanno, The Good Lobby

Charles Keidan 31 March 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations have traditionally been shy about engaging with public authorities and lobbying decision-makers. Ironically, believes Alberto Alemanno, one of the effects is that philanthropy has indirectly contributed to the social divisions it often aspires to …


Non-profits are unsung and undervalued: Interview with Phil Buchanan

Charles Keidan 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and author of Giving Done Right: Effective philanthropy and making every dollar count, tells Charles Keidan why he thinks the US non-profit sector is so …


A message to Foundations: take your front door to Indigenous peoples

1 Alliance magazine 11 February 2020

Whakarongo! Kia ora koutou katoa Alliance’s special focus on Indigenous philanthropy worldwide kicks off in Aotearoa New Zealand with a conversation led by Dr Chelsea Grootveld of the J R McKenzie Trust and the Tindall …

Interview: Harriet Lamb, Ashden

Andrew Milner 21 January 2020 For Subscribers

How can a prize make a difference to an abiding problem like climate change? Harriet Lamb, CEO of Ashden Sustainable Solutions, Sustainable Lives explains to Andrew Milner how the Ashden Awards are not all about …

All change at Robert Bosch Foundation | Interview: Sandra Breka

Charles Keidan 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

Sandra Breka was appointed to the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Germany’s second-largest foundation, in September 2017. Since then, she has led a process which has involved the foundation turning itself inside …

Science and philanthropy join forces to protect the Global Commons

Andrew Milner 22 October 2019

Interview: Professor Johan Rockström, Global Commons Alliance If we are to arrest climate change, safeguarding the global commons – the areas and ecosystems of our planet on which we all depend – is an absolute …

Democracy calling: Interview with Hans Schöpflin and Tim Göbel

Charles Keidan 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Two key influences on the philanthropy of Hans Schöpflin, co-founder of the Schöpflin Foundation, have been his experience of living in the US and, more importantly, the death of his son from a heroin overdose. …

The long haul for human rights: Interview with Adrian Arena

Julie Broome and Charles Keidan 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

The human rights movement is facing difficult times. In these circumstances, human rights funders have a particularly important role to play in sustaining the fight. Adrian Arena of Oak Foundation is now a veteran in …

OSF comes to Berlin: Interview with Selmin Çalışkan

Charles Keidan 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Selmin Çalışkan is director of Institutional Relations at the recently opened Berlin office of Open Society Foundations (OSF). Charles Keidan talked to her at the Association of German Foundations’ conference in Mannheim about the difficulties …

Interview: Safeena Husain, founder of Educate Girls

Andrew Milner 27 August 2019

Safeena Husain knows exactly what she’s talking about. Herself the product of a troubled childhood and a curtailed education, she founded Educate Girls to tackle the problem of out-of-school children in India, one of three …