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Does philanthropy have too much influence? Or not enough?

Alliance magazine 13 July 2021 For Subscribers

Pandemic response around the globe has elevated and centred philanthropy, causing many bystanders to pay attention to the sector for the first time. From recognising the influence of the Gates Foundation on global public health …


Enough is enough: why it’s time to independently and publicly rate foundations

Danielle Walker Palmour 6 July 2021

There is something wrong at the heart of philanthropy in the UK. On one hand, a range of recent reports has highlighted the substantial strengths of our sector which have shone brightly during the Covid-19 …


Business of Philanthropy: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

Alliance magazine 27 June 2021

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees …

Foundations and labour: can the knot be unpicked?

Keiran Goddard 23 June 2021

A couple of times every year, the philanthropy sector in the U.K. has the same argument with itself. A comforting ritual of self-flagellation. And it goes something like this: ‘The existence of [insert political event/culture …

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 …

Can Co-Leadership be the future of philanthropy?

Donika Dimovska, Simon Sommer and Fabio Segura 14 June 2021

The current global pandemic has reinforced the reality that we live in a highly complex, ever-changing world, and that if we have any chance of tackling some of the big global challenges ahead of us, …

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 …

Shifting the power in Chile: what role for philanthropy?

Andrés Thompson 21 May 2021

It has been almost 50 years ago since the democratic process in Chile was interrupted by a military coup with the support from the United States. Soon after, it was a period of resistance, of …

How is philanthropy responding to India’s Covid-19 crisis?

4 Elika Roohi 20 May 2021

Over 20 per cent of total Covid relief funding pledged in 2021 has been sent to India, according to Candid. Almost 50 grants and pledges worth a total of $285 million have been given to …

Uprooting racism in grantmaking

1 Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan and Kate Hitchcock 17 May 2021

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan, and Kate Hitchcock reflect on key learnings from some uncomfortable conversations about racism among European foundations, led by Healing Solidarity. We had the opportunity to participate in …