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Is capacity strengthening support the missing piece in grantmaking? Part II

Emmanuel Otoo 20 September 2020

In part I of this piece, we explored how the situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased focus on transforming funding practice, and the role Capacity-building Choice can play in strengthening …


Is capacity strengthening support the missing piece in grantmaking? Part I

Emmanuel Otoo 19 September 2020

The dedication that grantmakers and funders bring to facilitate equity and justice in grantmaking continues to drive the quest for stronger and more sustainable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to enhance the attainment of their collective …


The ethics of platform philanthropy

Rhodri Davies 17 September 2020

In a recent interview for the new Centre on Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School, Bill Gates identified the growth and democratisation of giving through online platforms as one of the key trends that …

Lessons learned from delivering $100 million in support to local leaders

Regan Ralph 16 September 2020

In 2002, a small group of dedicated activists and funders set out to do something different in human rights philanthropy. Dismayed by the dominant top-down approach to social justice, we launched the Fund for Global …

The Roddenberry Foundation’s +1 Global Fund is a philanthropic experiment

Lior Ipp 10 September 2020

For foundations and philanthropists everywhere, the Covid-19 crisis represents a singular challenge, as well as an opportunity to doing things differently. This month, in response to the pandemic, The Roddenberry Foundation launched the +1 Global …

How to make online workshops better

Joe Hill 3 September 2020

Virtual meetings may have been an invaluable tool in this crisis, but it’s fair to say they also have their limitations for longer, group meetings. Spring Impact certainly felt the immediate impact of this, as …

You call It philanthropy, we call it ‘Devlopman Tèt Ansanm’

Marie-Rose Romain Murphy 2 September 2020

Lessons from The Haiti Community Foundation This is the second in a global series of articles and conversations hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange. As COVID-19 started to take hold of countries and regions around …

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 …

‘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 …