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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, …

Harnessing the power of Muslim giving

Farid Senzai 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

In the most recent issue of Alliance magazine (September 2018), guest editor Yunus Sola suggested that the value of Muslim giving was $1 trillion a year. While actual figures are hard to find, if this …

Forward-thinking is the way ahead

Curtis Kohlhaas 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

The expert insight into the current state of Muslim philanthropy, as interpreted in Tariq Cheema’s Muslim philanthropy at the crossroads (September 2018), accurately captured many of the opinions I heard at the recent Global Donors …

Infrastructure is a central challenge

Jenny Harrow and Paul Palmer 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

Muslim philanthropy, like all philanthropy occurring through foundations, trusts and donor networks, shares the critical concerns of philanthropic action worldwide. Yet as global philanthropy gains visibility, Muslim philanthropy faces unique challenges, while often facing levels …

Changing systems means changing ourselves

Julian Corner 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

The impressive scale of Co-Impact’s ambition, as set out in Olivia Leland’s Interview (June 2018), prompted me to reflect on the relationship between philanthropic power and Co-Impact’s goal of ‘systems change’. Leland suggests that while …

Pivotal place of peer-learning

Juliet Valdinger 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

The growing breadth and depth of knowledge about global philanthropy in Alliance magazine never ceases to amaze me. But I felt there were some notable omissions in the June edition on philanthropy’s infrastructure. If one …

Calling time on top-down approach

Eva Rehse 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

Browsing through the June 2018 issue, I was struck by the interview with Scottish philanthropist, Sir Ian Wood. Notwithstanding that his philanthropy undoubtedly has had some positive impact, I was surprised by Wood’s somewhat anachronistic …

Fitting the image to the spirit

Yvonne Moore 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

As a philanthropist and philanthropic practitioner from the African American diaspora, I was initially excited to explore your issue on Diaspora philanthropy and excited to know that philanthropy by and for communities from myriad diasporas …