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New report: Attitudes have shifted, but funding practices have not

Alliance magazine 23 October 2020

A new study just released by the Center for Effective Philanthropy examines the state of practise in philanthropy, finding that even though foundation leaders’ attitudes about general operating support have shifted over the years, practices …


Kenya’s Neema Project speaks with their sponsor to understand the ‘whys’ behind funding choices

Greg Lusby and Emily Nelson 22 October 2020

Every non-profit has a vested interest in understanding the ‘why’ of philanthropic efforts. As members of the non-profit Neema Project, we tapped into this psychology by interviewing our title sponsor after this year’s major giving …


New guide offers donors ‘questions to ask’ when supporting charities for Covid-19 recovery

Alliance magazine 21 October 2020

Beacon Collaborative have published ‘Do Something New’, a guide that includes a set of questions that funders can ask themselves and the charities they are thinking of supporting. According to the collaborative, the toolkit will …

When you build it and they don’t come – an approach for proactive research within responsive philanthropy

Gabriela Cervera 21 October 2020

Since late 2019, we at I.G. Advisors have been working closely with Garfield Weston Foundation to thoroughly understand the needs of the UK Environmental Sector. Last week, the Foundation published the Prioritising Our Planet Report …

A role for philanthropy in governance and debate

Richard Dion 17 October 2020

This year’s presidential election season is showcasing the culture of debate that has taken hold of the United States. Yet governance doesn’t just require good debaters, it also requires the soft skills of compromise, dialogue …

To grassroots non-profit organisations ‘neutrality paradox’ is a double-edged sword!

Leah Wandera 14 October 2020

The sustainability of the most grassroots non- profit organisations highly depends on the support from esteemed donors like GlobalGiving. However, before this relationship and connection comes into existence, these organisations must go through a diligent …

Major UK funder signals new funding focus on climate and tackling inequality

Alliance magazine 10 October 2020

Major UK funder Esmée Fairbairn has announced a new grantmaking strategy that will respond to some of the challenges of today, including climate change and the impact of Covid-19 on existing inequalities. Under the new …

Foundation investments: Important to challenge popular beliefs

Rien van Gendt 7 October 2020

Recently Alliance magazine published a special issue that provides an inside perspective in the world of philanthropic investments, and I participated in a webinar organised by Alliance, that dealt with issues of transparency regarding the investment …

Deciding together: Participatory approaches highlight a new way forward

Andrea McGrath, Saumya Shruti and Shaily Acharya 1 October 2020

When Diana Samarasan set out to create the Disability Rights Fund in 2008, she had limited experience in grantmaking and funding. As an activist for the disability community, Diana had spent years putting the community at the …

The Aotearoa COVID-19 experience

Sue McCabe 26 September 2020

This is the third article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, co-hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange and Alliance Magazine. In an effort to challenge current discourse and practice and re-centre diverse voices and …