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

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 …

Youth movements and funders need to learn to understand each other better

Gioel Gioacchino 1 July 2019

Like with dating, clearer communication and mutual understanding can improve relationships between youth movements and funders At a recent global gathering of activists in Belgrade, the host of a popular Serbian spoof news television show …

Berlin: the beating heart of European civil society

Kimberly Marteau Emerson and Dr Nina Smidt 24 June 2019

When the Open Society Foundations (OSF) closed their offices and Central European University (CEU) closed their campus in Budapest last year, a collective shudder rippled through all those who seek to advance civil society and …

Philanthropy and challenges of today’s democracies – thoughts and questions

Inga Wachsmann 28 May 2019

We all sense that democracy is challenged. For a while already and also in Europe. It seems we lack three things for our philanthropic work in Europe: first of all awareness, second better understanding and …

Protecting the voice of advocacy: Global Philanthropy Forum 2019

Peter Eigen 16 April 2019

As this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), I expressed my thanks and admiration to the assembled philanthropy leaders for their great support to advocacy civil society organizations. I emphasized that in the face of failing …

Making the case for community organising in Europe

1 Deborah Doane 14 April 2019

I was quite surprised that when I approached funders to talk about their work on community organising in Europe, many simply said, ‘we don’t fund community organising.’ ‘But you fund community philanthropy,’ I said. ‘Oh …