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Showing up as an ally

Patricia McIlreavy 17 June 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic and the concurrent disasters created by hurricanes, wildfires, and other hazards have stretched communities to their limits. The needs across the globe have also asked all of us to dig deep and …


MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of gifts prioritises philanthropy infrastructure

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 16 June 2021

MacKenzie Scott has announced her latest round of financial gifts – this time allocating $2.7 billion to almost 300 organisations. Among the groups receiving grants are many U.S. philanthropy ecosystem and infrastructure bodies, which Scott …


Are American philanthropists funding the gaps which their tax avoidance has caused?

Elika Roohi 11 June 2021

A report from ProPublica this week, citing leaked tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, alleged that most of these billionaires pay little to no tax on their wealth. Among the list are many …

Tracking 10 years of protests: here’s what we’ve learned

Andrew Firmin 5 June 2021

CIVICUS’s recently published State of Civil Society Report was our 10th edition, offering an opportunity to reflect on what has changed in civic action over 10 years. Looking back, from the ‘Arab Spring’ and Occupy to …

Kellogg Foundation appoints new director of Latin America, Caribbean programmes

Alliance magazine 4 June 2021

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has appointed Alejandra Garduño Martínez as the new director of Latin America and Caribbean programmes. Garduño Martínez has been at the Kellogg Foundation since 2012 as a programme manager and then …

Philanthropy and law: a note to funders

Thomas Hilbink 1 June 2021

I came to philanthropy as a result of studying the ways lawyers, social movements and the funders that support them interacted to shape social change in the US in the 1950s and 1960s. Therefore, your …

Pushing on all fronts

Tamara Vasan 1 June 2021

The comprehensive analysis in your issue on Law, philanthropy and justice (Alliance, March 2021) underscores the need for solutions which originate from and centre on those most directly affected by injustice. A critical node in …

Global Updates

Alliance magazine 1 June 2021

This is our round-up of philanthropy news around the world featured in the June 2021 issue of Alliance: The Americas Cross-racial network targets climate justice groups Bezos Earth Fund recruits senior personnel Latimpacto study illuminates …

Family Philanthropy Navigator: The inspirational guide for philanthropic families on their giving journey

Filiz Bikmen 1 June 2021

Reviewed by Filiz Bikmen, Founding director, Esas Sosyal. Remember how it feels to be in a room with a number of small tables, flipcharts, colourful post-its and lively drawings of the participants’ discussions captured on …

Help! How can I get philanthropists to notice my organisation?

Regi 1 June 2021

Dear Regi, How can one increase awareness of an organisation amongst wealth managers and philanthropists? If they are looking to fund organisations or programmes related to our area of focus, how can we make sure …