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Philanthropy confidential – September 2020

Alliance magazine 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 …

Funders have to adapt to movements, not the other way round

Martin Modlinger 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

I keep wondering why especially larger funders are bent on creating movements, but are then baffled when movements actually emerge, often even without – or despite – larger funder engagement. Maybe many larger funders simply …

Dispatches: Philanthropy responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

Alliance magazine 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

It has been an extraordinary and terrifying start to the new decade as countries around the world face up to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are edited excerpts of a conversation between a global group …

The way for women’s funds to move forward

Wiktor Dynarski 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Jessica Horn’s article (Beyond the binary, Alliance, December 2019) on shifting the understanding of how women’s funds engage with the concept of gender, and issues beyond the binary, is an important look into the future …

Feminism goes beyond sisterhood

Justus Eisfeld 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Feminist movements have always been about breaking harmful gender norms. Sex discrimination cases around the world have been fought and won over the right to express gender in any way a person chooses – such …

Transgender debate is a ‘critical issue’ for civil society

Maya Forstater 3 March 2020 For Subscribers

Alliance magazine’s special feature on Feminist philanthropy (Alliance, December 2019) set out a picture of philanthropists sat uncomfortably between the age-old knowledge that women and girls face disadvantage and discrimination because of their sex, and …

Human rights and environment issues are closely linked

Angela Seay 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

The excellent special feature on Human Rights Philanthropy (Alliance, September 2019) began a nuanced discussion on the role of philanthropy in the frameworks for economic, social and cultural rights, in addition to political and civil …

Community at the heart of human rights

Ed Rekosh 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

I read the latest Alliance issue on human rights philanthropy (June 2019) with great interest. In their lead article, the guest editors make the point that a key role for philanthropy is to ‘keep the …