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Democratic values under attack in Europe: Looking beyond the Dutch dikes and the role of Philanthropy

Karin van Boxtel 28 May 2024

Last week, I read about the expected – yet still shocking – implications of the radical shift to the far-right in the Netherlands. The current coalition agreement includes measures previously adopted by other European countries …

Till the match is won: How engaged philanthropy is like modern cricket

Govind Iyer 27 May 2024

Cricketers of the past typically did one thing well, now most of them are deeply engaged in every facet of the game and think of the big picture. The same is true of philanthropy. Goodbye …

Philanthropy needs to address the local news crisis

Jonathan Heawood 23 May 2024

Imagine if the education system collapsed overnight. For most philanthropists, this would be an obvious and inescapable call to action. Whether or not you were already funding work in the education field, you would want …

Progressive philanthropy ‘not prioritising’ Ukraine’s media recovery, journalists warn

Shafi Musaddique 23 May 2024

Philanthropists from Ukraine’s international allies ‘are not prioritising’ the recovery of Ukraine’s broken media scene, according to an open letter penned by Ukrainian journalists, media professionals and civic society.  The open letter, signed by 121 …

Exploring ‘aggressive humility’: Eroding siloes between foundations and government

Kasey Oliver 23 May 2024

“Just because you are the CEO doesn’t mean people will take your call,” said Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO of Al Ghurair Foundation. This was not what I expected her to say in the middle …

MacArthur Foundation launches $100 million competition for ‘anyone, anywhere’

Shafi Musaddique 22 May 2024

US-based MacArthur Foundation is set to kickstart its latest search for one new recipient of its single $100 million grant aimed at solving the world’s most critical social challenges. The 100&Change competition is open to …

Wanted: funders to back public interest media

Charles Keidan 22 May 2024 For Subscribers

There are, broadly speaking, two types of media funders. The first group are philanthropists who buy prominent media titles. Think for example of Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, who bought the Washington Post for $250 million …

A new vision of Asian philanthropy

Marc Moorghen 16 May 2024

This was my first AVPN Global Conference, but it won’t be my last. Heading into Abu Dhabi on the heels of the always-inspiring Skoll World Forum, I had no idea what to expect. Wading through …

Gates Foundation, Novo Nordisk and Wellcome Trust join forces on global health  

Shafi Musaddique 16 May 2024

Philanthropy’s three giant players are combining to push scientific solutions for major global health issues.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Novo Nordisk Foundation have announced a joint $300 million partnership supporting research and …

Philanthropists’ role in empowering Africa’s environment guardians

Rose Ng’ang’a 15 May 2024

African communities have for centuries played a critical role in forest conservation. By empowering these communities, philanthropists have stepped in to not only preserve rich cultural heritage but also tap into their invaluable wisdom for innovative …