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A longer view from central and eastern Europe

Merrill Sovner, Barry Gaberman and William S. Moody 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Lessons from five pooled philanthropic funds hold clues for sustaining civil society in the years ahead In 2017, we launched an initiative to examine the legacy and impact of a series of philanthropic investments established …

A matter of mutuality, solidarity and trust

David Bonbright 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Congratulations to the Alliance team, and its outstanding guest editors Halima Mahomed, Graciela Hopstein and Romy Krämer for your coverage of the interplay of progressive social movements and philanthropy in the last issue (June 2020). …

Independent journalism is essential to democracy

Merel Borger and Ekaterina Mandova 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Civitates has set up a €3 million fund to support public-interest journalism in Europe. Collaborative fund Civitates is to make multi-year commitments for core support to organisations producing independent public-interest journalism. The grants will provide …

Hitting the bull’s-eye

Seb Elsworth 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations’ missions and investments won’t always be perfectly aligned, but the centre of the target is always worth aiming for Whatever stage foundations have reached in aligning their investments with their mission, there are common …

Funders have to adapt to movements, not the other way round

Martin Modlinger 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

I keep wondering why especially larger funders are bent on creating movements, but are then baffled when movements actually emerge, often even without – or despite – larger funder engagement. Maybe many larger funders simply …

The Reputation of Philanthropy since 1750: Britain and beyond

David Cutler 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Reviewed by David Cutler, Director at the Baring Foundation. Hugh Cunningham’s book sets itself the task of understanding what the slippery word ‘philanthropy’ means in the book’s timeframe, then uses the definition to see how …

How philanthropists can lessen the effect of COVID-19

Rosemary Macdonald 27 August 2020

For many charities, the effects of coronavirus have been catastrophic. Organisations that are, at their very heart, reliant on spending time face-to-face with people – both to raise funds and deliver charitable initiatives – have …

As deadly heatwaves sweep the world, philanthropy can create a cool future

Harriet Lamb 24 August 2020

This summer has brought ferocious heatwaves from India to Siberia and the U.S. Lethal temperatures are no surprise – heatwaves are now more common, more intense and longer-lasting, with 2020 likely to be the hottest year …

Learning Lab for Changemakers launched by European Community Foundation Initiative

Alliance magazine 20 August 2020

The European Community Foundation Initiative has launched the ECFI Learning Lab for Changemakers, a space for practioners from the community foundation field in Europe to come together, collaborate, and learn about ways of working and …

Why European funders need to be vigilant to keep their space open

Hanna Surmatz 18 August 2020

In ways big and small, European philanthropy contributes to the public good in the fields of research and innovation, education, health, environment, culture, international development, democracy or human rights just to name a few. Many …