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Getting the board on board: Investments and mission

Gail Cunningham 11 August 2020

It would sound odd to say that a majority of a foundation’s activities are not in pursuit of mission. However focusing staff and trustees’ time on grant-making can lead foundations to overlook the impact of …


Dismantling inequality must be part of the pandemic response

Regan Ralph 31 July 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to surge across the globe, the international community is delivering trillions of dollars toward the fight against COVID-19, creating funds for pandemic response, and sponsoring new initiatives to tackle the …


Stop making us package and repackage racial equity and justice

Eleni Refu 27 July 2020

As a recent entrant to the world of PSOs after having spent some years in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, I was particularly eager to learn more about the challenges PSOs face in advancing racial …

Collaborative philanthropy: Is now the time?

Éilis Murray 16 July 2020

In a world of increasing uncertainty collaboration is more and more essential. Exploring the theme presents opportunity to understand both the potential and challenges for effective collaboration on philanthropy initiatives. From straightforward information sharing to …

Alliance webinar: How will the study of philanthropy contribute to social impact?

Alliance magazine 3 July 2020

Alliance magazine and the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, together hosted a webinar on understanding and improving the global practise of philanthropy. Kindly sponsored by the CSP, …

In Nigeria, philanthropy’s COVID-19 response raises questions

Shaninomi Eribo 30 June 2020

At the end of February, the first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded in the city of Lagos – the nation’s defacto commercial capital with a population of almost 20 million people, about 4 …

Foundations and trade unions: The time is right for greater collaboration

Keiran Goddard 26 June 2020

New research confirms that there is little formalised trade union presence within foundation governance structures, despite so many shared areas of interest. But as foundations begin to think more about advocacy, movement-building, and the future …

If this crisis is an opportunity, how do we seize it? – Part 2

Harvey Koh and Laura Amaya 20 June 2020

In our previous blog, we explained that crises help to create windows of opportunity for systemic change, and that the interplay of innovations across both business models and practices, and market rules, have helped to …

Build back better: A role for philanthropic scaffolding

1 Avila Kilmurray and Martin O'Brien 19 June 2020

Philanthropy has a responsibility to respond to the inequalities revealed by COVID-19 and graphically underlined by the killing of George Floyd. Many philanthropies have listened to their grantees and are already offering no cost extensions …

Foundation leader criticises sector response to BAME community

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 11 June 2020

One of British philanthropy’s leading professionals has warned that foundations risk being on the ‘wrong side of history’ when it comes to racial justice. Writing for Alliance today, Fozia Irfan, who is CEO of the …