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A new paradigm for capacity building

Connor Diemand-Yauman 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

Philanthropy University is pioneering new ways of using data to identify the capacity needs of valuable but neglected local CSOs As a global community, we often mobilise around visible crises: epidemics, child marriage and environmental …


New civil society: the start of something special or just a rebrand?

Liana Varon 19 October 2018

This week, more than 100 participants met for the EFC Grantmakers East Forum 2018 in Budapest. In the midst of discussions around shrinking civic space and failures of democracy, this year’s Forum focused on ‘Reframing …


A wild ride at Grantmakers East Forum 2018

Robin Gosejohann 19 October 2018

It is the right thing to hold the EFC Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) – an annual donor conference with a geographical focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe – in Budapest. Easily reached, an attractive destination, a …

Philanthropy in Egypt and Turkey

Marwa El-Daly and Filiz Bikmen 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

The practice of community giving has experienced mixed fortunes amid profound national developments In 2004, the Ford Foundation funded a study to understand the relationship between philanthropy and social justice in predominantly Muslim societies, including …

Sustainable giving through waqf: a view from South Africa

Ismail Munshi and Razina Davids 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

An ancient form of Muslim philanthropy is being reinvigorated and is adapting to contemporary circumstances Regarded by many as the oldest university in the world, the Al Qarawiyyin mosque, university and hospital complex in Morocco …

Muslim philanthropy in the US

Shariq Siddiqui 4 September 2018

Despite the traumatic impact of 9/11 on the civic landscape in the US, the Muslim American philanthropic sector has achieved a great deal with extremely limited resources Muslim Americans are one of the most diverse …

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 …