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Donations, investments, and the uncharted territory in between

Rien van Gendt 7 May 2021

Donations are widely regarded as the core product of charitable foundations. This is how they see themselves, and how the outside world sees them. Most laws and regulations about philanthropy relate to donations, and media …


Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce, say ‘no changes’ at Gates foundation

Alliance magazine 4 May 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday they were divorcing. The two have reshaped philanthropy and public health with their fortune, and together they run one of the largest private foundations in the world. In identical …


Alliance webinar: Future of philanthropy in Latin America

Amy McGoldrick 4 May 2021

As part of Alliance magazine’s anniversary celebrations this year, celebrating Alliance’s 25 years at the heart of global philanthropy, we have launched a series of events on what the future of philanthropy holds in different …

Daniela Schwarzer named OSF Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia, newly created role

Alliance magazine 4 May 2021

The Open Society Foundations announced that Daniela Schwarzer will take on the newly created role of Executive Director for Europe and Eurasia. She will lead and bring together Open Society’s work across both regions, overseeing …

Promoting institutional philanthropy in Ukraine

Eugenia Mazurenko 1 May 2021

In 2018, Zagoriy Foundation initiated the Giving Tuesday movement in Ukraine to promote charity and good deeds. One of the project’s partners – and one of the largest charitable foundations in Ukraine – is ‘Tabletochki’, …

How has global philanthropy changed month by month? Looking back at spring 2020

Social Innovation Exchange 30 April 2021

Throughout 2021, SIX will be sharing our tracking and interrogation of how the discourse around philanthropy has shifted, or not, after the profoundly impactful events of 2020. We are looking for themes that have been …

60+ funders to UK PM: race report findings unhelpful, divisive, damaging

Elika Roohi 23 April 2021

‘We believe this to be unhelpful, divisive and potentially damaging,’ said 62 foundations, signing an open letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week co-ordinated by the Association of Charitable Foundations, addressing the UK …

Help! How do I convince funders to make endowment grants?

4 Regi 8 April 2021

Dear Regi,  I am an old timer in the foundation world, so I am intimately familiar with the inherent power imbalance in the funder-grantee relationship. I want to know how we can interest more foundations …

Ford commits $1bn to unrestricted grants for hundreds of organisation in BUILD initiative

Alliance magazine 7 April 2021

The Ford Foundation today announced an extension of its BUILD Initiative with a pledge of $1 billion. The expansion of the programme will allow it to serve up to 300 grantees with unrestricted funding. The …

The gift of being heard and working in partnership

Gwen Shivers and Pam Savoy-Weaver 5 April 2021

It can be easy to invest money in an attempt to fix problems. But money alone can’t build trust or change. That work starts with how you treat people. Fortunately, for the families of Detroit’s …