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How foundations can support civil society to anticipate and shape technology

Cassie Robinson 9 February 2020

In the first blog post of this series, I shared a film we made to engage UK foundations and philanthropists in the conversation about how civil society can be better equipped to anticipate and shape …


A new social contract between civil society and big tech: The UK foundation perspective

Cassie Robinson 7 February 2020

At the end of last year 30 UK foundations met to discuss their role in forging a new social contract between civil society and big tech, prompted by the film I shared in my previous …


What is the role of foundations and philanthropy in forging a new social contract between civil society and big tech?

Cassie Robinson 5 February 2020

There are so many ways that technology is changing our society, and really if we’re thinking about the future, I believe we’re faced with 4 huge and urgent challenges — the climate emergency, growing inequality, …

Civil spaces and democratic vitality is a knowledge issue

Floriant Covelli 28 December 2019

I’m very much concerned with developing a better knowledge of the not for profit sector’s contribution to democracy. Having heard about the European Foundation Centre Grantmakers East Forum’s (GEF) dynamism and authority on the on …

Paul Hamlyn Foundation announce recipients of £1.2 million Backbone Fund

Alliance magazine 9 December 2019

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has made grants totalling £1.2 million to six organisations in the latest round of the Backbone Fund. The recipients are: The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Council for Wales …

Alliance magazine, WINGS and CAF webinar on 10 years of the World Giving Index

1 Alliance magazine 15 October 2019

Join Alliance magazine, WINGS and CAF for a free webinar discussing the use of data in fostering an enabling environment for philanthropic infrastructure. This webinar aims to address the relevance of data researching, analysis and …

Governments and big business can better support young people – and here’s how

Michael Mapstone 16 September 2019

Across the globe, voices from younger generations are leading on the defining issues of our age. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg sparked widespread climate change protests in more than 100 countries, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has forced the …

Co-creating grassroots resourcing alternatives: shifting from theory to practice!

Clara Bosco 13 September 2019

Ask any grassroots movement leader from the Global South and they’ll tell you that finding resourceful ways to sustain their work has become an increasingly difficult challenge. Many of the factors contributing to this challenge …

Closing space creeps west

Inga Wachsmann 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

It’s time for philanthropy in western Europe to take action on its own doorstep to protect democracy and civil society from a restrictive onslaught   In recent years, the philanthropic sector has experienced many examples …

OSF comes to Berlin: Interview with Selmin Çalışkan

Charles Keidan 3 September 2019 For Subscribers

Selmin Çalışkan is director of Institutional Relations at the recently opened Berlin office of Open Society Foundations (OSF). Charles Keidan talked to her at the Association of German Foundations’ conference in Mannheim about the difficulties …