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Foundations have no need to fear minimum payouts

Krystian Seibert 30 May 2017

I have observed with interest the debate playing out in Alliance magazine on whether UK foundations should have a minimum payout. The debate is an important one because it relates directly to the legitimacy of …

Foundations should be more transparent but payouts are not the answer

Paul Ramsbottom 30 May 2017

The issue of mandatory payout for UK foundations is re-emerging as a hot topic of debate. The suggestion of enforcing a blanket minimum payout (generally drawing from North American models and arbitrarily taking 5 per …

Why we need to talk about payouts

Angela Kail 7 March 2017

Why is the amount of money that charitable foundations pay out each year important? The term for this – ‘payout ratio’ – can sound dry and technical. However, questions about payout ratios go to the …

The inexcusable absence of foundation minimum payouts 

Jake Hayman 7 March 2017

The foundation sector should be embracing minimum payouts but instead sits silent or works in active opposition to them. This will not change, but it should. Foundations are averse to regulation. It is a thing …

Philanthropy’s deliberate leaders: the story of the ClimateWorks Foundation

Gayle Peterson 7 February 2017

The Wall Street Journal described recently-elected Donald Trump’s leadership as ‘deliberate chaos’. We know chaos. We live it. A barrage of destructive tweets and policy bombs have resulted in widespread protests in the United States …

The state of European philanthropy

2 Andrew Milner 24 January 2017

“Philanthropy in Europe is rooted in a rich past and is moving towards a promising future,” claimed Norine MacDonald and Luc Tayart de Borms[i], writing in 2008. Can the same claim be made today? A …

Should philanthropy help people leave?

Timothy Ogden 29 November 2016

Imagine a young woman with children in a dangerous domestic situation. Every moment she stays she risks further harm to herself and her children, harm that not even time can heal. Her abuser has promised …

Is there any value in imposing annual payouts?

Cathy Pharoah 29 November 2016

A recent headline-grabbing speech claimed British foundations should raise their spending through being compelled to spend a mandatory proportion of annual capital assets.The claim suggested that foundations are ‘warehousing’ assets that could be put to …

EVPA Annual Conference 2016 – a sketch from the floor

Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

The European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) 2016 conference was its biggest yet attended by over 500 delegates. Held in Paris for the first time in a decade, Andrew Milner shares his offbeat impressions. The opening …

The echo of constituent voice

Alliance magazine 25 October 2016

Just over a year ago, Alliance ran a special feature on the role of feedback in the social sector. With upcoming summits in Washington DC and London, Alliance wanted to catch up with contributors to …