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Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies at 94

Alliance magazine 16 September 2020

Bill Gates Sr., a lawyer and the father of the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, passed away earlier this week. Gates Sr. helped his son Bill  and daughter-in-law Melinda start their philanthropy work in the ‘90s …


Chuck Feeney spends down $8 billion fortune, closes Atlantic Philanthropies

Alliance magazine 16 September 2020

Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney, the American cofounder of airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers, has officially given all of his money away to charity, and with it dissolved his foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies. During his career, Feeney …


Lessons learned from delivering $100 million in support to local leaders

Regan Ralph 16 September 2020

In 2002, a small group of dedicated activists and funders set out to do something different in human rights philanthropy. Dismayed by the dominant top-down approach to social justice, we launched the Fund for Global …

The Roddenberry Foundation’s +1 Global Fund is a philanthropic experiment

Lior Ipp 10 September 2020

For foundations and philanthropists everywhere, the Covid-19 crisis represents a singular challenge, as well as an opportunity to doing things differently. This month, in response to the pandemic, The Roddenberry Foundation launched the +1 Global …

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $300 million to voting efforts

Alliance magazine 5 September 2020

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have announced a $300 million donation to protect America elections. It is one of the billionaire couple’s largest-ever single gifts, meant to bolster democracy during the uncertain circumstances of …

Virtue signalling is not always a virtue: Conversation with Hewlett’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall

Danielle Walker Palmour 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor Danielle Walker Palmour talks to Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall, respectively CEO and chief investment officer of the Hewlett Foundation, about why the foundation is investing its $10 billion endowment for the long …

Changing the cost recovery paradigm

Peter J. Donaldson 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged greater donor flexibility and perhaps an overdue willingness to cover all costs The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled philanthropic foundations to review their funding policies. As of writing, over 775 US …

Giving for Covid-19 in first half of 2020 amounted to record-breaking $11.9 billion, but there are gaps

Elika Roohi 30 August 2020

$11.9 billion in funding has been given in response to the Coronavirus pandemic this year, according to a new report by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and Candid. Of the record-breaking sum, proportionately very …

‘Frustrated’ Hewlett chief hits out at philanthropy sector ‘virtue signalling’

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 28 August 2020

Alliance exclusive – The CEO of one of the world’s leading foundations and climate funders has condemned ‘virtue signalling’ demands for foundations to divest from fossil fuels, suggested that calls for everyone to spend more …

Clara Wu and Joe Tsai commit $50 million to racial justice work

Alliance magazine 26 August 2020

Alibaba Co-Founder Joe Tsai and wife Clara Wu have committed $50 million in support of efforts to advance social justice and equality. The Taiwanese-Canadian billionaires announced in a Social Justice Commitment Statement that their funds …