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Seven lessons donors can learn from MacKenzie Scott’s surprise $1.7 billion gift

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 9 August 2020

On July 28, MacKenzie Scott surprised the world by announcing she had made $1.7 billion in donations to 116 nonprofit organisations. They were selected for the transformative work they were doing and to support leaders driving …


Why the most difficult time for planning strategy may be the right time

Hannah Barker 5 August 2020

As we move into a new phase of the Covid-19 crisis, there is a need – and hopefully now some opportunity – for organisations across the social sector to step back, take stock and determine …


Funders, it’s time to prioritise flexibility and trust

1 Kulsoom Khan 25 July 2020

As countries around the world begin preparing for the long-term consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic recession, local grassroots organisations are stepping in to fill gaps where government response has fallen short. …

Governance and social movements: How funders can help bridge an unnecessary divide

Michael Jarvis 24 July 2020

The coronavirus pandemic poses a challenge and opportunity for governance funders. There is an immediate need to support transparency, participation and accountability efforts as integral to the pandemic response. There is also an opportunity to …

Crisis demands strong non-profit boards

Pam Cannell 22 June 2020

In times of crisis, the strength of a nonprofit board can be a determining factor in an organization’s survival. As the leaders and guides of social sector organizations, a nonprofit board of directors has the …

External communications tips to non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis

1 Olga Shershen 14 June 2020

The world is in the grip of a large-scale health crisis and this is an endurance test for charities. All aspects of the work of the third sector organisations have changed in the context of …

Ford, other foundations issue more than $1 billion in debt to increase grantmaking now

Alliance magazine 12 June 2020

The Ford Foundation announced yesterday a plan that would involve issuing more than $1 billion in debt so it would be able to give substantially more right now. Four other large and established foundations – …

Fundamental questions about money and power must be debated amid coronavirus and rousing social change

2 Tenzin Dolker 8 June 2020

Like all disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying historical, patriarchal, and colonial injustices. Frontline social change movements already needed more and better funding, but we now have the opportunity and imperative to reimagine the very …

If not us, then who?

Ellen Remmer 7 June 2020

Needless to say, the world has changed. While it is too early to assess the overall impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we see it revealing systemic inequities in all corners of society: health, education, housing, …

Entering the funding arena

Halima Mahomed, Graciela Hopstein and Romy Krämer 2 June 2020

Social movements have rarely featured in funders’ theories of change or strategies. This is slowly changing and international interest in movements is rising Friday’s for Future, NiUnaMenos, Lucha, #BlackLivesMatter, the uprisings in Chile and HongKong, …