March 2019

Systems Change

Volume 24 , Number 1

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March 2019

Systems Change

Volume 24 , Number 1

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Systems change

Welcome to the March 2019 issue of Alliance.

Philanthropy and systems approaches are an obvious coupling but the future of their relationship remains far from clear. This special feature explores a growing aspiration to achieve system-level change, taking a more self-critical look than is usually found within the sector.

Guest edited by Julian Corner, CEO of the Lankelly Chase Foundation, we note the potential and pitfalls while sympathetically profiling various approaches and examples from across the foundation world.

The feature includes a peer dialogue with Canada’s McConnell Foundation, a look inside Switzerland based Jacobs Foundation’s approach to changing systems and collaborative efforts to combat gun violence in Chicago.

Everywhere, we survey the state of French philanthropy and talk to Stanford philanthropy scholar and critic Rob Reich who outline some bold proposals to reform philanthropy.

Special feature

Systems change and philanthropy

5 March 2019
Julian Corner

Philanthropy and systems approaches are an obvious coupling but the future of their relationship remains far from clear This special feature explores a growing aspiration in philanthropy to achieve system-level change. It looks at the potential and pitfalls by profiling a number of approaches adopted by different foundations. Where to begin? This is a perennial question when working with systems. If everything is interconnected, there is rarely an obvious point from which to start. So …


Changing the philanthropy system

Debates are raging about the standing of philanthropy in democratic societies. Today’s critics point to the ways in which philanthropy enables wealthy individuals and families to exercise (and enjoy) public influence off the back of economic success – essentially ‘winners take all’, not just once but twice over to paraphrase the title of Anand Giridharadas’ recent book. In this issue, we talk to another trenchant critic of philanthropy, Stanford scholar Rob Reich. All too frequently, according to Reich, ‘the decisions that philanthropists make tend to undermine democracy’. In our interview to discuss his new book (also reviewed in this issue) …


The bigger picture lying behind royal philanthropy

Chandrika Sahai

I appreciate Alliance focusing on the philanthropy of royal families around the world (December 2018) because in order for philanthropy to be …

Power is a complex issue

Robin Heller

The Alliance editorial and lead article introducing the issue on Royal Philanthropy raised thoughtful questions about covering some of the …

Fascinating insight into working at scale

Philo Alto

I enjoyed reading the interview with James Chen (December 2018). James’ steadfast approach to philanthropy, leveraging deep domain expertise to …

Open your black books

Juliet Valdinger

It excites me no end when I see what can be achieved without a personal agenda. When Charles Keidan mentioned …

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