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The problem with neutrality

Alison Carlman 7 February 2020

Digital fundraising platforms like GlobalGiving.org were created as neutral playing fields for any legitimate organisation to tell their story and raise funds. One of GlobalGiving’s core values is, ‘Always Open’ it’s based on the belief …


Alwaleed and ISESCO take first ‘caravan’ to Jordan

Alliance magazine 17 January 2020

Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), took their Medical, Educational and Socio-cultural Caravan to Jordan for the first time last December. It also carried out school maintenance work and donated educational …


Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education appoint Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar as CEO

Alliance magazine 17 January 2020

The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE) has appointed Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar as Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Ben Jaafar said: ‘It is an honor to be entrusted with the …

Philanthropy has a huge role to play in empowering women in the Middle East

3 Amal Al Kathiri 6 December 2019

Saudi women have a crucial role to play in the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region, and, in my role as Executive Manager of National Initiatives at Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), …

Israel-Palestine: the issue is apartheid not peace

Robert Wintemute 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

I enjoyed the spotlight on Israel-Palestine in the recent ‘peace philanthropy’ issue (Alliance, June 2019). However, the references to a peace process are misconceived. The primary issue in the Israel-Palestine context is the struggle for equal rights, to end racial …

Pearl Initiative promotes corporate transparency for Gulf Region’s private sector

Alliance magazine 25 October 2019

The Pearl Initiative, a business-led non-profit organisation implemented to promote transparency within the Gulf Region’s private sector, hosted a panel of experts from the UAE’s business and philanthropic community to raise awareness on the legal …

UNICEF and Islamic Development Bank launch global Muslim philanthropy fund

Alliance magazine 9 October 2019

The Global Muslim Philanthropy Fund for Children (GMPFC), is the first organisation focused on Muslim giving, to be launched by a United Nations organisation (UNICEF) alongside a multi-lateral development bank. The goal of GMPFC is …

Rawa Fund’s first community-led projects underway across Palestine

Alliance magazine 26 September 2019

Rawa, the creative Palestinian communities fund, who recently released their first ever grant list, focusing on 23 community grassroots projects, are now underway. All are operating under Rawa’s belief in the ‘collective power, participation and …

Al Ghurair Foundation announce grantees of £5.5 million Refugee Education Fund

Alliance magazine 19 September 2019

The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund announced its grantees for their second round of funding, following the end of the inaugural round in 2018. Eight grantees were selected from Jordan, Lebanon and the …

Alwaleed Philanthropies invests $5 million to mitigate disease in impoverished cities around the world

Alliance magazine 5 September 2019

Alwaleed Philanthropies has made a new $5 million investment, in their partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in a proposed commitment to further prevent the spread of disease in low-income urban areas in which additional …