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Giving peace a chance can pay rich rewards

Avila Kilmurray 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

‘What’s peace got to do with philanthropy?’ A stupid question you may mutter. Of course, peaceful and stable societies are the foundation stone for the vast majority of philanthropic endeavours as Cath Thompson of the …


Philanthropy must say no to ‘no-go’ zones

Krystian Seibert 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

I read Charles Keidan’s editorial (Alliance, June 2019) with great interest. As his visit to Gaza occurred only a few months after the end of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead and given Hamas’ stance in relation …


Prospect of failure is a risk worth taking

Dylan Mathews 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Congratulations to Alliance for holding a very thought-provoking Breakfast Club meeting to discuss its latest issue on peace philanthropy. I was struck by a number of recurring themes which I would encourage Alliance readers and, …

Systems change must come in from the margins

Katie Boswell 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I enjoyed Julian Corner’s lead article on systems change and philanthropy (Alliance, March 2019). It’s great to see a funder engaging with their place in the system and calling out the paradoxes in ‘seeking to …

Constructive critiques are to be embraced

David Bonbright 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I applaud the focus on Rob Reich’s structural critique of philanthropy in your last issue (Alliance, March 2019). Your editorial also mentions another high profile recent critique –Anand Giridharadas’s Winners Take All, which was reviewed …

Should philanthropy rock the boat? Not so fast!

Philo Alto 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I generally agree with Julian Corner’s article on the relationship between systems change and philanthropy  (Alliance, March 2019). Philanthropy is indeed in a unique position to support changing the system by virtue of its independence, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …