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Is philanthropy ready to embrace intelligent faliure?

Marie-Luce Claes and Sarah Greenfield 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

To mark the publication of our special feature on learning from failure in the June 2022 issue, Alliance hosted an event at the 2022 AVPN conference in Bali, Indonesia.  ‘Very interesting testimony from the speakers. Thank …


Trust-based philanthropy is a solution not a myth

Devon Kearney, Gary Shearer, Jo Davies and Steve Francis 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

One of the most heated debates so far this year came in response to criticism of trust-based philanthropy by Jacobs Foundation CEO Simon Sommer and a piece by Charles Keidan exploring the merits of Sommer’s …


Help! My foundation won’t put its money where its mouth is

Veritas 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

Dear Veritas,  I work for a foundation that bills itself as progressive, but – in my opinion – isn’t working efficiently on the issues it says it cares about. I know that most people don’t …

Questions for Bridgespan

Ise Bosch 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

I’ve just caught up with the interview with Jeff Bradach of The Bridgespan Group (Alliance, December 2021). It was very welcome! It’s great to see that new large, trust-based sums are finally moving at new …

Does philanthropy have a mental health problem?

Amy Cunningham 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

To mark the publication of our March 2022 special feature on mental health philanthropy, Alliance hosted an event in partnership with Strong Minds, a social enterprise providing mental health services to African women: ‘I think …

Help! What should I do about a flakey fundraiser?

Veritas 31 May 2022 For Subscribers

Dear Veritas, Our small US-based nonprofit serving poor families in the Global South recently hired a fundraiser. He charged $25,000 upfront and, based on his reputation, we agreed to contract with him to increase our funding. …

Tax: no need to wait for government action

Emily Collins-Ellis 1 March 2022

Seeing Graham Hobson’s piece, ‘More tax, more philanthropy’ (Alliance, December 2021), I wanted to add an extra nudge for readers in their thinking about taxes. I agree with Mr Hobson that ‘the most wealthy can …

Help! How can I hold my foundation accountable?

Veritas 1 March 2022

Dear Veritas, I work for a foundation that, like so many others, made commitments to diversity and racial justice during the summer of 2020. However, I’m finding that not much has changed – both with …

Still critical friends

Eva Rehse 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

I welcome the critique of Alliance’s future editorial direction (Alliance 100th issue, September 2021). And I’m pleased to see Alliance magazine using its 25th anniversary as a moment for reflection. Alliance stands alone as global …

Challenges impact us all

Richard Marker 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Congratulations to Alliance on its 100th issue. It captures both the developments in the field over the last generation but also the continuing dialectic tensions that underscore our work.  The profound institutional and technological changes that inform what we …