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Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed Wellcome Trust chair

Alliance magazine 24 May 2020

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been appointed chair of the UK based Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s leading foundations. She will succeed Eliza Manningham-Buller, former MI5 Director and current Wellcome Trust chair, …


Angel Font elected new European Foundation Centre Chair

Alliance magazine 21 May 2020

Angel Font, Corporate Director of Research and Strategy at “la Caixa” Foundation in Spain, was elected the new Chair of the European Foundation Centre during its 2020 Annual General Assembly, which took place online yesterday. …


Strategic philanthropy in emergencies: Learnings from the TPW community

The Philanthropy Workshop 16 May 2020

COVID-19 has kickstarted a conversation across the social sector about the role of philanthropy in responding to the crisis. An encouraging consensus is emerging: now is the time for swift, strategic action.  Strategic vs unstrategic …

Australia’s Minderoo Foundation buys ten million COVID-19 tests, but is reimbursed by government

Elika Roohi 13 May 2020

In Australia, mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest and his Minderoo Foundation have acquired ten million coronavirus tests at AUD $320 million (USD $208 million) for the Australian public. The Foundation was later reimbursed by …

Kirsten Hommelhoff appointed new Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations

Alliance magazine 12 May 2020

Lawyer and foundation manager Kirsten Hommelhoff will be the new Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations, or Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (BDS). Hommelhoff will be the first woman to lead Europe’s largest foundation association …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 2

Cassie Robinson 10 May 2020

The narrative of civil societyNow more than ever, Trusts and Foundations should be investing in how to assemble and build a more visible narrative about what civil society has been doing during this crisis. It …

A silver lining to COVID-19: Courage, empathy, and generosity

John Hecklinger 9 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic arrived quickly, quietly, and everywhere. In the space of days, we at Global Fund for Children went from wondering if our grantee partners would be affected, to supporting dozens of locally-led, grassroots …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK

Cassie Robinson 7 May 2020

What is this new context bringing up for you as a funder? Here I share some of my reflections and observations 6 weeks into the crisis in the UK. Interdependence That word interdependence is appearing …

‘FOCUS: Philanthropy’ photo contest open for submissions

Alliance magazine 5 May 2020

A Europe-wide photography contest to capture the visual stories of the people behind philanthropy and how they work for a better Europe has just been launched by DAFNE. FOCUS: Philanthropy is open for submissions of …

Interview: Benjamin Bellegy, WINGS

Andrew Milner 5 May 2020

The latest piece of research produced by the Worldwide Networks for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), designed to help philanthropy support organisations (PSOs) think through their role in changing circumstances has been overborne by the Covid-19 crisis…well, …