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Reflections on the state of civil society in South Africa

Judith Mtsewu 8 August 2018

It was Albert Einstein who said that ‘in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity,’ and it is a sentiment that rings true for the state of the NPO sector in South Africa currently. Civil society …


Philanthropy in Brazil: Obstacles, challenges and opportunities

Graciela Hopstein 9 July 2018

Brazilian philanthropy is maturing, expanding visibly and becoming more diversified – as indicated by two recent studies: a report on Philanthropy in Brazil, produced by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) and presented in Brazil in …


Open Society Foundations move Budapest-based staff to Berlin

Alliance magazine 5 July 2018

Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary, the Open Society Foundations are moving over 100 of their Budapest-based staff to Berlin. The decision to move operations out of Budapest comes as …

A new fund for democracy and solidarity in Europe

Stefan Schäfers 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

A group of 18 foundations have set up a €4 million fund to support civil society and improve the public discourse Liberal democracies in the European Union have been under stress over the past few …

Riding the tiger of technological change

Rhodri Davies 29 May 2018

Philanthropy support organizations have a vital role in ensuring that disruptive technology leads to change for the better Technology is opening up new opportunities to empower marginalized and disenfranchised communities around the world, and new …

The infrastructure behind the infrastructure

Lucy Bernholz 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

The digital space is the infrastructure that we all depend on. But for civil society to secure its freedom of thought and action is a major challenge   Support organizations are not the only kind …

Why community philanthropy enables people-powered, sustainable development from the ground up

Clara Bosco 8 May 2018

This blog is part of a series that provides reflections on a new GrantCraft Leadership Paper “How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Make That Happen”, published with the GFCF and Global …

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 …

Debunking two myths to avoid agony in Italian civil society

Carola Carazzone 28 April 2018

Why should Italian philanthropic foundations take the lead and start financing strategic goals and organizations rather than just projects? Two intertwined vicious circles are resulting in Italy in an agonizing civil society sector, dotted with …

Unleashing the true potential of philanthropy to transform lives and communities

Michael Mapstone 25 April 2018

Over the past couple of years, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in meetings and conferences about the role of philanthropy in _______ (fill the blank with ‘global development’, ‘SDGs’, ‘closing space’, ‘climate …