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Philanthropy and law: a note to funders

Thomas Hilbink 1 June 2021

I came to philanthropy as a result of studying the ways lawyers, social movements and the funders that support them interacted to shape social change in the US in the 1950s and 1960s. Therefore, your …


Pushing on all fronts

Tamara Vasan 1 June 2021

The comprehensive analysis in your issue on Law, philanthropy and justice (Alliance, March 2021) underscores the need for solutions which originate from and centre on those most directly affected by injustice. A critical node in …


Help! How can I get philanthropists to notice my organisation?

Regi 1 June 2021

Dear Regi, How can one increase awareness of an organisation amongst wealth managers and philanthropists? If they are looking to fund organisations or programmes related to our area of focus, how can we make sure …

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 …