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Help! I was just asked on a date by a programme officer at a foundation from which I’m seeking funds

Regi 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …


How to fund health advocacy

John Barnes 2 March 2021

As noted by Angela Nguku in your issue on global health philanthropy (Alliance, December 2020), advocacy by civil society has been a critical part of the progress in health over the past 20 years. Civil …


Social enterprise success eases the healthcare gap

Hal Glasser 2 March 2021

On September 23, 2019, the UN issued its Declaration on Universal Health Coverage. Less than six months later, the global Covid pandemic began. The gap between the aspirations of the Declaration and reality are only …

The downside of donor funding

Frances Lovermore 2 March 2021

Aggrey Aluso and Julia Greenberg were absolutely right to point out the distorting effects of external funding on healthcare systems in Africa and elsewhere in the issue on global health philanthropy (Alliance, December 2020). Healthcare …

The real impact of impact investing

Volker Then 1 December 2020

The basic structure of the neo-liberal capitalist system is the problematic structure, and not impact investing. In Germany, the basic system is capitalist but it acknowledges a need for social policy and the welfare state. …

One credible weapon among the continuum

Gregory Ratliff 1 December 2020

In their interview, the Hewlett Foundation’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall raise critical issues for all impact investors. The lack of ‘performance presentation standards’ to accurately capture and make comparable the financial and social returns …

Help! I’m the only woman invited to speak on a panel

Regi 1 December 2020

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …

Help! A major grantmaker ‘forgot’ about funding they’d verbally committed

1 Regi 1 September 2020

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …

A matter of mutuality, solidarity and trust

David Bonbright 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Congratulations to the Alliance team, and its outstanding guest editors Halima Mahomed, Graciela Hopstein and Romy Krämer for your coverage of the interplay of progressive social movements and philanthropy in the last issue (June 2020). …

It’s time to be bold beyond the rhetoric

Tendisai Chidgwedere 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

If philanthropy is serious about supporting social movements, it needs to be ready to take risks and have skin in the game. Risks, because the call and response nature of movements requires an emergent and …