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What if we apply the Inner Development Goals framework to philanthropy?

Elisa Ricciuti 6 February 2024

The Inner Development Goals (IDGs) are a framework to enhance transformational skills for sustainable development. While we have both vision and knowledge around how to achieve sustainability, we are struggling to reach significant progress in …

The importance of ‘language justice’ in social justice movements 

Prachi Patankar and Phoebe De Padua 5 February 2024

‘As an Indigenous and ethnic minority woman, I dream, I laugh, I experience my true self in my own language. I need to be able to express myself in my own language in multilingual spaces,’ …

Response to Sommer: How to miss the point of board members

Peter Frumkin 2 February 2024

In his article on staff relations with boards, Simon Sommer makes three central claims, and they come one right after the other: The primary role of a board is to ensure that every action taken …

The Economist’s philanthrocapitalism is still the predominant narrative

1 Charles Keidan 31 January 2024 For Subscribers

Earlier this month, the publication which spawned and celebrated the birth of philanthrocapitalism in the heady days of 2006 has just renounced it eighteen years later. What took them so long? The crossing of the …

Introducing a new column ‘Critical Friend’ by Alliance executive editor, Charles Keidan

Alliance magazine 31 January 2024

As we, at Alliance, strive to be a ‘critical friend’ to philanthropy worldwide, this monthly column from Alliance’s executive editor, Charles Keidan, shares new thinking on the issues which matter. Drawing on two decades as editor, …

Getting to gender parity: Are quotas necessary?

Hilary Pearson and Laetitia Gill 30 January 2024 For Subscribers

Alliance editors have asked: should a time-limited quota be introduced in relation to gender diversity on the boards of foundation? Maja Spanu and Axelle Davezac, of the Fondation de France, answered this question in their …

Europe home to over 180,000 public benefit foundations worth €647.5 billion 

Shafi Musaddique 30 January 2024

Europe is home to 186,079 public benefit foundations across 24 countries, with a collective worth of €647.5 billion, according to new research compiled by Philanthropy Europe Association (Philea).   Poland has the highest number (31,000) …

Power does not shift easily

Fredrick Ouko and Mary Ann Clements 29 January 2024

The call to shift power and change how INGOs operate is at least a generation old. Yet little progress has been made. There will be many reasons for this but perhaps the simplest explanation is …

Three philanthropy myths to bust in 2024

Devon Kearney 29 January 2024

2024 arrives with a sense of urgency on all fronts. At a time when democratic norms are slipping, inequality and human needs are rising, and the climate is dangerously heating up, we are called upon …

World Economic Forum seeks $1 billion from corporate giving for climate

Shafi Musaddique 25 January 2024

A new philanthropic initiative by the World Economic Forum (WEF) aims to nudge corporate foundations towards climate philanthropy by giving at least $1 billion by 2030.   It is part of a wider push to …