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Supporting young people to reclaim the future

Next Generation Climate Board 11 May 2021

Bold and creative young climate activists lead transformations to combat the climate crisis: we need philanthropy to match this boldness and invest in us Our earth is borrowed from the next generation. We have to …


Help! How can I get core funding for my start-up nonprofit?

Regi 6 May 2021

Dear Regi, I am a Trustee of a nonprofit in East Africa, which began with generous support from foundations and benefactors. That core funding enabled the creation of a service which many other not-for-profits, international …


Protection Networks: a lifeline for embattled human rights activists

Magda Adamowicz and Sharan Srinivas 24 April 2021

On 23 October 2020, unidentified gunmen shot 65-year-old South African environmental and human rights activist Fikile Ntshangase dead at her home. Ntshangase had courageously led a grassroots campaign against the expansion of a coalmine that …

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance appoints five new board members

Alliance magazine 20 April 2021

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance has appointed five new members to its Pan-African Governing Board. Laureen Kouassi-Olsson, Florença Antonio Dengo, Gunilla Carlsson, Wambui Chege, and Uwa Osa-Oboh joined AVPA in February and were formally announced …

The Covid-19 grassroots justice fund that invests in people-led justice solutions

1 Abigail Moy 31 March 2021

In the shadow of the pandemic, injustices are deepening. Migrant workers are laid off from jobs yet unable to travel or access healthcare. Survivors of gender-based violence are cut off from the institutions that might …

Alliance webinar: Law, philanthropy and justice

Amy McGoldrick 23 March 2021

Celebrating the launch of Alliance’s new issue in our 25th year, last week’s webinar explored the relationship between philanthropy and the law. Guest editors and panellists Nicolette Naylor (Ford Foundation, South Africa) and David Sampson …

Dutch government launches €24m programme to develop community philanthropy

1 Alliance magazine 20 March 2021

The Dutch government, in partnership with a consortium of four organisations including the Africa Philanthropy Network, Kenya Community Development Foundation, Wilde Ganzen and Global Fund for Community Foundations, are launching a new five-year, €24 million …

Funder Safeguarding Collaborative launches, aims to prevent abuse and exploitation

Alliance magazine 16 March 2021

The Funder Safeguarding Collaborative – a new funders collaboration made up of Comic Relief, Global Fund for Children, The National Lottery Community Fund, Oak Foundation, and Porticus – was launched yesterday. The Collaborative will support …

African philanthropy is emerging as a force. How can it increase support to African NGOs?

Jan Schwier, Maddie Holland, Soa Andrian and Siyasanga Hayi-Charters 11 March 2021

When the first confirmed sub-Saharan Africa case of Covid-19 was detected in Nigeria in February 2020, many African governments moved quickly to contain the virus. While other parts of the world struggled to slow the …

Legal philanthropy needs to shift its focus onto the lived experience of people and communities

Alliance magazine 2 March 2021

The small but influential percentage of funding for legal action needs to be less focused on courts and more global in scope. That’s the view of the guest editors of Alliance’s March 2021 issue on …