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Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies at 94

Alliance magazine 16 September 2020

Bill Gates Sr., a lawyer and the father of the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, passed away earlier this week. Gates Sr. helped his son Bill  and daughter-in-law Melinda start their philanthropy work in the ‘90s …


Chuck Feeney spends down $8 billion fortune, closes Atlantic Philanthropies

Alliance magazine 16 September 2020

Charles ‘Chuck’ Feeney, the American cofounder of airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers, has officially given all of his money away to charity, and with it dissolved his foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies. During his career, Feeney …


Alwaleed Philanthropies, Human Rights Commission cooperate to protect human rights

Alliance magazine 12 September 2020

Alwaleed Philanthropies have joined the Saudi Human Rights Commission to sign a memorandum of cooperation that will aim to strength the protection of human rights for women and youth in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was …

Philanthropy confidential – September 2020

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …

In profile: Philanthropic investing

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations are actively using a greater range of their assets to pursue their underlying aims. These investments span a wide variety of form, purpose and recipient, a sample of which is featured here Foundations going …

Virtue signalling is not always a virtue: Conversation with Hewlett’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall

Danielle Walker Palmour 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor Danielle Walker Palmour talks to Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall, respectively CEO and chief investment officer of the Hewlett Foundation, about why the foundation is investing its $10 billion endowment for the long …

‘Frustrated’ Hewlett chief hits out at philanthropy sector ‘virtue signalling’

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 28 August 2020

Alliance exclusive – The CEO of one of the world’s leading foundations and climate funders has condemned ‘virtue signalling’ demands for foundations to divest from fossil fuels, suggested that calls for everyone to spend more …

Ford Foundation’s plan to issue debt intriguing for its novelty, though not ready to be replicated globally

Alliance magazine 11 August 2020 For Subscribers

The Ford Foundation, together with several other large American foundations, announced recently a plan to issue debt to increase grantmaking – an unusual choice in the foundation world. Some have called the move groundbreaking, saying …

Getting the board on board: Investments and mission

Gail Cunningham 11 August 2020

It would sound odd to say that a majority of a foundation’s activities are not in pursuit of mission. However focusing staff and trustees’ time on grant-making can lead foundations to overlook the impact of …

If data is 21st century oil, could foundations be the right owners?

Felix Oldenburg 10 August 2020

What are the best investments for a foundation? This important question is one many foundation professionals are revisiting in light of low interest rates, high market volatility, and fears of deep economic trouble ahead. While …