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Is capacity strengthening support the missing piece in grantmaking? Part I

Emmanuel Otoo 19 September 2020

The dedication that grantmakers and funders bring to facilitate equity and justice in grantmaking continues to drive the quest for stronger and more sustainable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enhance the attainment of their collective …


Alwaleed Philanthropies, Human Rights Commission cooperate to protect human rights

Alliance magazine 12 September 2020

Alwaleed Philanthropies have joined the Saudi Human Rights Commission to sign a memorandum of cooperation that will aim to strength the protection of human rights for women and youth in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was …


Can philanthropy disrupt the precarity of work in civil society?

Noha El-Mikawy 9 September 2020

Civil society workers collect and communicate needed evidence on social, economic and cultural rights, provide innovative services to vulnerable communities, and advocate for policies that disrupt inequality and injustice. While all of those civil society …

A longer view from central and eastern Europe

Merrill Sovner, Barry Gaberman and William S. Moody 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Lessons from five pooled philanthropic funds hold clues for sustaining civil society in the years ahead In 2017, we launched an initiative to examine the legacy and impact of a series of philanthropic investments established …

Changing the cost recovery paradigm

Peter J. Donaldson 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged greater donor flexibility and perhaps an overdue willingness to cover all costs The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled philanthropic foundations to review their funding policies. As of writing, over 775 US …

How philanthropists can lessen the effect of COVID-19

Rosemary Macdonald 27 August 2020

For many charities, the effects of coronavirus have been catastrophic. Organisations that are, at their very heart, reliant on spending time face-to-face with people – both to raise funds and deliver charitable initiatives – have …

Successful NGO-corporates collaboration for a brighter future

Shridhar Venkat 23 August 2020

Over the years, the face of corporate philanthropy in India has experienced a significant change. An activity that was once restricted to a ‘donor-recipient mindset’ has now evolved into a function involving the active participation …

World Humanitarian Day: Celebrating sustainable humanitarian action

Safia Alattas 19 August 2020

On this day in 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalised the first World Humanitarian day. The day was designated in memory of Sergio Vieira de Mello, a UN humanitarian who died, along with 22 …

Tanzania’s Foundation for Civil Society at forefront of country’s COVID-19 response

1 Alliance magazine 7 August 2020

In Tanzania, the Foundation for Civil Society has been leading the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, including reallocating funds, spearheading further fundraising, and organising campaigns to provide protective equipment to healthcare …

Together we can do it: The potential of philanthropy for the SDGs

Annette Kleinbrod and Martin Speer 3 August 2020

Crises and radical changes characterise this year. Many of us realise: we must work for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. What can foundations contribute? A new report from Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Federal Association …