December 2010

Social justice philanthropy revisited

Volume 15 , Number 4

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December 2010

Social justice philanthropy revisited

Volume 15 , Number 4

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In its September 2003 issue, and again in June 2005, Alliance put the spotlight on the subject of social justice philanthropy. Five and a half years later, we revisit the subject to find out what if anything has changed. Guest editor for this Alliance special feature is Christopher Harris, formerly of the Ford Foundation, who feels that some real progress has been made in the field and offers seven items worth special mention.

This special feature, while acknowledging that achieving lasting change in society is no easy task, will try to establish a set of necessary conditions for what philanthropy for social justice means. Albert Ruesga attempts a definition of what ‘social justice philanthropy’ is, Karen Zelermyer writes about what is needed to create real structural change, and Barry Knight suggests an approach to evaluating impact. Contributions come from social justice funders from around the world, including India, Brazil, the Arab region, Israel, Africa and the USA. The EU’s José Manuel Fresno writes about the long-term issue of Roma inclusion across Europe.

Also included in the December issue of Alliance: an interview with CNN founder Ted Turner, Paul Shoemaker suggesting a voluntary certification scheme for philanthropists, plus more articles, opinions, book reviews, letters, conference reports and updates on global philanthropy.

Special feature

Sit down, stand up

1 December 2010
Christopher Harris

Last summer, Caroline Hartnell asked me if I thought that it was worth having another go at an Alliance special feature on philanthropy and social justice. As she put it, was there something new to say? While there is still much to do to increase and improve the work, there is encouraging news too for those committed to philanthropy for social justice. In fact, there is both bad and good news. The bad news is …


A matter of rights

I’m going to admit it, this has been a difficult issue to edit, mainly because most of the articles in the special feature went through several iterations. Why was this? Was it because the contributors were somehow less competent than usual? Of course not! I think it was because they were trying to pin down what exactly distinguishes social justice philanthropy from ‘other’ philanthropy, and this is no easy task. Why are we doing this? Does it matter whether a funder is or isn’t really practising social justice philanthropy as long as they are helping the poor and marginalized? The …


Practising what we preach

Hilda Vega

As an American working in the field of philanthropy advice and observing its evolution here, as well as in other …

Consultants are not enough

Charles Keidan

Alliance is right to focus on the important role of intermediaries in the philanthropy sector but your emphasis on wealth …

When can Gerry Salole give up his keys?

Judith Symonds

Alliance is to be commended for dedicating its September issue to philanthropy advice and for avoiding its being perceived as …

The trustee company – a valuable model?

Diana Leat

Your last issue on philanthropic advice was, as usual, wide-ranging and thought-provoking. One omission was the trustee company model in …

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