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Is COVID-19 philanthropy’s pandora’s box?

Alberto Alemanno 28 May 2020

The response to COVID-19 has revealed a gap between the rhetoric of philanthropies and the realities of the grantees. It remains to be seen how and by whom that gap will be bridged in a …


ACF report sets out aspirational best practice strategy for stronger foundations

Elika Roohi 15 May 2020

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) has published a new report on the crucial importance of strategic thinking and strong governance practices for charitable foundations that want to be ambitious and effective with all their …


Australia’s Minderoo Foundation buys ten million COVID-19 tests, but is reimbursed by government

Elika Roohi 13 May 2020

In Australia, mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo Foundation have acquired ten million coronavirus tests at AUD $320 million (USD $208 million) for the Australian public. The Foundation was later reimbursed by …

Harnessing government action in a post-coronavirus world

Angela Hodkinson 25 April 2020

The past few months have shown that government can act quickly, innovate and collaborate when required. How do we ensure that it continues to do so when the dust settles? Across the world, governments have been …

Bezos’ $10bn donation should not pitch philanthropy and taxation against each other – that would be a zero-sum game

Rhodri Davies 7 March 2020

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ recent major foray into philanthropy came with the announcement that he is going to commit $10 billion to combat the global climate crisis. The world’s richest man has previously been criticised …

Alliance & Next Philanthropy event will be LIVE STREAMING from 15:30 GMT on Facebook

Alliance magazine 27 February 2020

Today Next Philanthropy holds its very first UK event, in partnership with Alliance magazine.  Next Philanthropy was initiated by Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Europe’s largest membership organisation of foundations), in partnership with global philanthropy sector peers, to address …

European Cultural Foundation ask sector peers to sign post-Brexit statement to strengthen ties

Alliance magazine 1 February 2020

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has launched the statement ‘Brexit and a way forward, together’, which was jointly developed with a consortium of several foundations, cultural institutions and practitioners, including Allianz Kulturstiftung, British Council, Goethe …

EFC’s Grantmakers East Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia was one of the best ever!

Jasna Jašarević 28 December 2019

This was said at the closing plenary by Dr Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre, with which most of the participants agreed with. At least I did. This year’s Grantmakers East Forum …

Fit to fund: Who should pay to raise standards for good financial grant practice?

Michael Kilpatrick 27 December 2019

Funders have a right to expect that their nonprofit grantees have systems and structures in place to manage grants effectively and ethically. But does that right also imply that funders have a responsibility to invest …

Reinventing the HIV Organising: Lessons from ICASA 2019

2 Dennis van Wanrooij 7 December 2019

From 2-7 December 2019, the largest regional HIV conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda. The country that once witnessed the genocide of the Tutsi minority and civil war from the early to mid-90s opened its …