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Transparency: one small step for funders, one giant leap for equity

Genevieve Boutilier 7 May 2019

In order to solve a problem, one must first identify its parameters. This applies, too, to the philanthropic sector; to that end, many of us are pushing for greater transparency in our field. For example, …


A tale of two approaches: Philanthropy vs Foreign Aid

Igor Makarov 29 March 2019

In the past century, massive strides have been made in raising living standards for all people. For perhaps the first time in history, the vast majority of children (95 per cent) survive their first five …


The new philanthropists

2 Patrick Schmitt 11 March 2019

Annaleise is in her late 20’s and lives in New Mexico. She’s a college graduate and works as a counsellor. Not the typical profile of a philanthropist who ‘planned giving’ officers engage with. But late …

The social sector must recognise and talk about failure

Rohini Nilekani 9 February 2019

With pressure to show returns on philanthropic capital, there’s little room to discuss failure. In order to mitigate huge organisational and programmatic risk, a culture of admitting failure needs to be built. A lot of …

How philanthropy infrastructure can promote evidence-based giving

Aurelia Kassatly 8 May 2018

Evidence-based philanthropy is more talked about than done. Philanthropy support organisations can help to remedy this. Though evidence-based giving and data-driven philanthropy have become buzzwords in the sector, they have yet to be widely practised …

Funding – and power – in the hands of people and communities

Julia Unwin 1 May 2018

Many years ago in The Grantmaking Tango I wrote that funders get the voluntary sector they deserve, and decades later that rather provocative phrase has been ringing in my ears. What I meant then was that short-term project …

Chilean foundations are behind the curve, suggests study

Andrew Milner 27 April 2018

A recently-published study by CEFIS UAI and the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University notes three major challenges facing the Chilean foundation sector if it is to make a significant contribution to the …

OECD report is welcome spotlight on opaque philanthropy sector

2 Penelope Lewis 12 April 2018

Private philanthropy is big and getting bigger. Money flowing to development averaged almost $8 billion a year between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report by the OECD, with foundations amongst the biggest financers …

Foundations team up to study role of Facebook in elections

Alliance magazine 10 April 2018

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan, Charles Koch, John S. and James L. Knight, and Laura and John Arnold foundations; the Democracy Fund; and Omidyar Network, have announced the launch of a research initiative aimed at …

German philanthropy should get behind LGBTI rights

Felix Oldenburg 15 March 2018

Many Alliance readers will know far more about LGBTI issues than me. However, I will not hide behind a convenient lack of expertise but rather speak out inspired by the courage of many others. I …