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Why philanthropists should steer clear of Oxford University

Charles Keidan 28 February 2024 For Subscribers

A court has ruled that Oxford University put staff on sham contracts; so why should philanthropists donate to the university until it gets its house in order? It was once observed that our world’s leading universities – …


To ensure education in Ukraine, provide flexible funding to grassroots groups

Ashani Ratnayake 22 February 2024

Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine has had devastating impacts on children’s access to education. Many schools were unable to reopen for in-person classes this fall, and some students struggled to access online classes due to …


Climate Philanthropy in Action: Youth Voices Echoing Through COP28

Melissa Ouya and Alexia Kioko 16 February 2024

Climate philanthropy goes beyond charity, it is an investment in the planet we inherit and the legacy we leave behind. African youth are at the forefront in developing cutting-edge tactics for climate adaptation. They contribute …

The realities of social movement legitimacy and resourcing

Rachael Mwikali Mueni 13 February 2024 For Subscribers

Social movement especially with a feminist approach is the new sexy term in the funding and Civil Society Organisations (CSO) space. While this is a win for social justice activists, it coincides with the co-option …

Nippon Foundation ramps up Japan earthquake relief efforts 

Shafi Musaddique 13 February 2024

The Nippon Foundation says it remains active in relief efforts in the Sea of Japan, five weeks after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake destroyed over 43,000 homes.   The Japanese cities of Wajima and Suzu, where …

US philanthropy promoting democracy sees dramatic rise since 2016

Shafi Musaddique 9 February 2024

Funding towards the promotion of a healthy democracy has been on the up in the US, driven by rising threat of authoritarianism and concerns over democratic institutions ever since the 2016 election victory of former …

UK charitable sector lags behind national workforce with ethnic minority hires 

Shafi Musaddique 8 February 2024

The UK’s charitable sector hires fewer people from ethnic minority backgrounds when compared to the national average across the UK workforce.  According to a new report published by the RACE Report campaign, a UK-wide data …

HIV drugmaker provides a case study in philanthropic whitewashing

Shafi Musaddique 6 February 2024 For Subscribers

In October Funders Concerned About AIDS, a philanthropic body that describes itself as one to take ‘bold actions and push philanthropy to respond to HIV and AIDS’, recognised Gilead as being the number one philanthropic …

What if we apply the Inner Development Goals framework to philanthropy?

Elisa Ricciuti 6 February 2024

The Inner Development Goals (IDGs) are a framework to enhance transformational skills for sustainable development. While we have both vision and knowledge around how to achieve sustainability, we are struggling to reach significant progress in …

Gaza latest: UNRWA on the brink

Shafi Musaddique 6 February 2024

The UN’s largest agency in Gaza is becoming increasingly “desperate” with humanitarian needs “increasing by the hour”.   Its biggest donors, including UK, US and Germany have all suspended funds, as well as Japan and Austria. …