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Does your philanthropy suffer from a scarcity mindset?

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 24 July 2021

Take this short quiz to find out. It’s philanthropy’s Achilles heel. Foundation leaders, donors, professional athletes, corporate executives – all philanthropists – want to be good caretakers of their charitable wealth. They want their assets …


Grantmaking reform is up for grabs; here’s how to make it stick

Gemma Bull and Tom Steinberg 21 July 2021

The cat is out of the bag, and the horse has long since bolted. The fact that the profession of grantmaking needs reform is now no longer a secret whispered at the edges of conferences …


Heading for the Exit? 5 considerations for funders from collective conversations

Sharon Bissell, Michael Jarvis and Richard Christel 17 July 2021

Funder exits are inevitable – whether as a result of a foundation’s strategic realignment, a shift in priority countries, budget cuts, poor portfolio performance, or, in the worst-case scenario, opaque top-down decisions. No surprise then …

African Visionary Fund: playing the game to change the game

1 Elika Roohi 6 July 2021 For Subscribers

The African Visionary Fund – a pooled funder with support from King Baudouin Foundation’s U.S. arm, Segal Family Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Tawingo Fund – launched in early 2020, almost simultaneously with the start of …

New guidelines for donors highlight how to fund effectively in Pakistan

Alliance magazine 30 June 2021

The Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy has released ‘Giving to Pakistan: Guidelines for Donors’, a report seeking to inspire and support strategic giving in Pakistan. The report helps donors ensure their giving is done in full …

The grantmaking practices we need

Cassie Robinson 21 June 2021

I’ve been thinking a lot about grantmaking as a practice, and in particular what kinds of practices we need to steward what Arundhati Roy talks of here – ‘Another world is not only possible, she …

MacKenzie Scott’s latest round of gifts prioritises philanthropy infrastructure

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 16 June 2021

MacKenzie Scott has announced her latest round of financial gifts – this time allocating $2.7 billion to almost 300 organisations. Among the groups receiving grants are many U.S. philanthropy ecosystem and infrastructure bodies, which Scott …

Business of Philanthropy: David Miliband

Alliance magazine 14 June 2021

In a recent episode of the Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with David Miliband, President and CEO of …

How to responsibly end funding relationships with charities

Matthew Mannix and Charlotte Lamb 12 June 2021

Throughout the pandemic, philanthropists, trusts, and foundations have done a phenomenal job of supporting charities and other social purpose organisations by providing them with emergency grants. However, many of the emergency grants made by funders …

Alliance webinar: #ShiftThePower: what power and how far has it shifted?

Annmarie McQueen 8 June 2021

What is the #ShiftThePower movement and how much has it achieved? This webinar aimed to answer these questions with insights from a panel of activists and professionals working with small, grassroots organisations within local communities. …