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Open letter to Jeff Bezos: Consider this when spending $10 billion Earth Fund

Alliance magazine 5 June 2020

Funders for Just and Equitable Climate Solutions, a group comprising some foundation and movement representatives in North America, have published an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to consider some principles when spending the …

Learning from the past to create the present

Rachel Wimpee 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Two stories of philanthropy in the 1940s and 1950s show how the effects of funding can reverberate down the years. In writing for our online storytelling platform, RE:source, I use the archival records of foundations …

Philanthropic Foundations In Canada: Landscapes, Indigenous Peoples and pathways to change

Alexandra Williamson 2 June 2020

Reviewed by Dr Alexandra Williamson, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology. This edited volume of 13 chapters is divided into three parts. Part One explores the history of foundations in …

Race, equity, and unavoidable challenges for philanthropy

Phil Buchanan 1 June 2020

The murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis has led to an outpouring of protest, rage, and in some cases destruction that should surprise no one. From Amadou Diallo to Trayvon Martin to …

Mark Zuckerberg pledges $10 million to racial justice work

Alliance magazine 1 June 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg announced a $10 million donation ‘to groups working on racial justice’. In a post shared late yesterday, Zuckerberg wrote that the pledge of $10 million was ‘additional’ to the roughly $40 …

Mercy Corps AgriFin programme awarded $100,000 in Columbia, Rockefeller partnership

Alliance magazine 29 May 2020

Students at Columbia Business School, in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, have awarded a $100,000 grant to the Mercy Corps AgriFin programme, an innovative fintech solution for small farms facing climate change. The grant was …

New survey reveals opportunity for donors

Ted Hart 26 May 2020

Charities across the globe are feeling the impact of COVID-19, from reduced contributions, canceled events, broken supply chains, and an inability to meet the expectations of the populations they serve. But even despite these setbacks, …

How to do participatory grantmaking online during COVID-19

Katy Love and Winifred Ollif 18 May 2020

Can funders manage participatory decision-making during a pandemic? Yes! We know participatory grantmaking can be effective online because we’ve done it. Calls are growing for funders to open up their decision-making and share power with …

Rapid strategy development in times of crisis

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 17 May 2020

Strategies guide philanthropists during tumultuous times  Philanthropists are most effective when they have a strategy. And, formulating that strategy is easier than you think. With a strategy ready to guide decisions, givers save time and …

Long history of philanthropy and public health: Rockefeller Foundation campaigns in early 1900s

Barbara Shubinski 5 May 2020 For Subscribers

With the outbreak of COVID-19 stretching the capacity of governments and civil society around the world, philanthropies too are considering their role in the crisis. Barbara Shubinski, Director of Research and Education at the Rockefeller …