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Harnessing the power of media to achieve change

Rachel McKee 6 April 2019

Deep in the heart of the Himalayas, the Koshi River begins its journey as a tiny stream. It makes its way down the northern slopes of Tibet, gains momentum as it traverses Nepal, joins the …

Future-fit philanthropy: why philanthropic organisations will need foresight to leave lasting legacies of change

Catarina Tully and Louise Pulford 5 April 2019

All philanthropic organisations exist to change the world, or at least a part of it. They are distinguished by their level of ambition – and by their optimism. But that makes them particularly susceptible to …

Media Impact Fund release new report on global media philanthropy

Alliance magazine 4 April 2019

Media Impact Fund (MIF) have released a new report which highlights data, trends and pressing issues facing the field—and what funders can do moving forward. ‘Global Media Philanthropy: What Funders Need to Know About Data, …

Koch – the real thing?

Patrick Alley 3 April 2019

Powerful companies and individuals with something to hide often try to avoid having to defend the indefensible by deflecting unwanted attention, usually by pointing to the jobs they create or their philanthropic works. From the …

Reclaiming democracy

Paula Jancso Fabiani 3 April 2019

The theme of the 2019 Global Philanthropy Forum focused on how philanthropy can play an important role in strengthening confidence in democracy in such turbulent times. Democracy is fragile and can be replaced as we …

Hate spreads much faster than love

Stephen King 2 April 2019

So said Kati Marton, a Trustee of the Central European University and a speaker on the opening panel of 2019’s Global Philanthropy Forum which is taking place in Redwood City, California. It was a theme …

Bottom up vs Top down: an age old question

John Hecklinger 2 April 2019

There’s been an interesting central ideological tension today between bottom up and top down – a classic debate but being framed in interesting new ways here at the 2019 Global Philanthropy Forum.  On the one …

Measuring our values: How a data strategy can help us achieve our bold goal

Jen Lewis-Walden 31 March 2019

Many years ago, I worked with the Friends of Nature Foundation in seven rural communities just outside the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park in eastern Bolivia. I helped support projects to develop a Natural Resources …

Making systems change a reality: Reflections from ‘All systems go’!

Katie Boswell 30 March 2019

Systems change is often difficult to understand and almost always very difficult to do, so when I was invited to the IRC’s ‘All systems go’ symposium in the Hague I jumped at the opportunity. Three …

A tale of two approaches: Philanthropy vs Foreign Aid

Igor Makarov 29 March 2019

In the past century, massive strides have been made in raising living standards for all people. For perhaps the first time in history, the vast majority of children (95 per cent) survive their first five …