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Funders and investors working on equity need accountability

Shante Little and Curt Lyon 16 April 2021

Over the past several decades, the fields of community development, community investment, and impact investment have evolved in response to demands from activists and the communities they serve. These capital providers are addressing financing gaps …


The true takeaway of UK’s race report is the anti-racism work that remains. Here’s what funders can do

Naima Khan 14 April 2021

John Amaechi OBE expertly described the gut punch many people of colour felt on reading the findings of the Sewell Report when he tweeted: ‘The conclusions drawn in the #InstitutionalRacism report of the Commission on …


Ford Foundation commits $15 million to Black Feminist Fund

Elika Roohi 1 April 2021

The Ford Foundation has announced a commitment of $15 million to launch a new philanthropic fund focused on efforts to address key issues impacting Black women. Developed and led by a core group of Black …

The Phoenix way: lessons from the pandemic

2 Shane Ryan 26 February 2021

It has been the strangest yet most memorable year and for mostly reasons we may want to forget. But amid the crises of the past year, there have been organisations and individuals who are seeing …

No room for complicity: fighting racism within funded partners

Aanchal Clare 16 February 2021

If 2020 reminded us of anything, it’s that charities can often face bumps in the road that risk disrupting even the best laid plans. Many responsible funders acknowledge that rather than jumping out of the …

Donors of Color Network pledge will shift millions to minority-led environmental justice groups

Alliance magazine 11 February 2021

The cross-racial community of donors and movement leaders, Donors of Color Network, have announced the launch of their campaign to move hundreds of millions of dollars to climate justice groups led by Black, Indigenous, and …

Aid spending in Africa must be African-led – it needs a Black Lives Matter reckoning

Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru 25 January 2021

If we use this pivotal moment to shift funding to grassroots groups we could unlock transformational change. While the US continues to reckon with its long-simmering struggle against racial injustice, it is important to remember …

What big liberal philanthropy can no longer afford to ignore

Eric K. Ward 20 January 2021

How will big liberal philanthropy react to the 6 January attack on the U.S. Capitol? The following day Ryan Schlegel of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy tweeted, ‘My money is on ‘stunned silence’ then …

Resourcing racial justice means risk is no longer racialised

Nusrat Faizullah and Farzana Khan 6 January 2021

Resourcing Racial Justice was created in the UK as an emergency response to the pandemic. As a group of people of colour that were activists, innovators and artists we knew ahead of the figures that …

Alliance webinar: Global health philanthropy – is it too much, or not enough?

Amy McGoldrick 15 December 2020

At $46 billion each year, philanthropy spends more on health-related issues than anything else. It’s one quarter of all grantmaking, and philanthropy has provided critical funding for vaccines, medical equipment, social welfare and global health …