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Philea Forum 2024: Trust and Philanthropy

Alliance magazine 12 June 2024

In an era marked by the ongoing erosion of public trust in established institutions and growing demands for democracy, equality, climate action and social justice, the conference offered a space for philanthropy practitioners to share …


Trust is the air that we breathe

Deirdre Treacy 12 June 2024

Having spent the past two years delving into the nuances of trust in non-profit-donor relationships as a part of my PhD journey with Technical University Dublin and Dublin Simon Community, I welcomed the opportunity to …


Building trust and investing in relationship infrastructure for rights movements

Marta Garbarino 12 June 2024

‘Trust is the currency all philanthropic transactions are based on’ stated Philea CEO Delphine Moralis at the 2024 Forum in Ghent. Her words set a pragmatic tone for three days of dynamic exchanges where foundations, …

Trust, interconnectedness, and the climate sector

Alanya Dhalla 12 June 2024

I left this year’s Philea forum reflecting on the importance of trust and the challenges of silos within philanthropy and the social sector. Over the course of the forum, sessions and panellists showcased the interconnectedness …

Movements are critical for building trust 

Ame Trandem 12 June 2024

The Plastic Solutions Fund is a new Philea member, and at this, our first Philea Forum, my colleagues and I were excited to dive into the theme of “Trust and Philanthropy.” Trust is at the …

What it means to talk about conflict

Amy McGoldrick 12 June 2024

Alliance’s readers chose How should independent philanthropy engage in contexts of conflict and crisis? as its poll winner – an interesting choice, as an estimated 110 conflicts rage across the world. This fishbowl session was …

‘The miracle of Europe’

Amy McGoldrick 12 June 2024

In beautiful but stormy Ghent, Belgium – sat in the beautiful and ornate theatre room of Viernulvier, I sat and waited for the first session of the day: Safeguarding democratic values: Breaking the silos of …

Is philanthropy rock and roll?

Elaine Stabler 12 June 2024

Under the title of ‘Trust and Philanthropy’, the 2024 Philea Forum sought to answer two pressing questions: how can philanthropic organisations build and maintain trust in the eyes of their beneficiaries? And how can they …

Most grantmakers don’t seem to know if they are effective

Caroline Fiennes 12 June 2024

Is your foundation any good? I don’t mean: is it big, or does it give away a lot, or does it run an efficient process, or do the grantees achieve much. Rather, I mean: are …

Uncovering foundations’ impact investing sphere

Zibran Choudhury 12 June 2024

In May, Alliance asked its readers what session they would like to hear about most at Philea Forum 2024 in a poll. The winner was ‘Uncovering foundations’ impact investing sphere’– take a look at our …