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Business as usual is a non-starter

Jennifer Astone and Rex Raimond 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Covid-19 revealed the weaknesses of current food systems but also highlighted initiatives which could be transformative When the Covid-19 pandemic closed down markets, borders, and trucking, it exposed the limitations of global food supply chains. …


How unrestricted should funding be?

Hugh Davidson 25 November 2021

INGOs prefer unrestricted funds, often for good reasons. For funders this can feel like: ‘Just give us the money and go away .’ Yet many funders like me want to be part of the process …


Alliance webinar: The future of philanthropy in Asia

Annmarie McQueen 16 November 2021

Change is inevitable, but what forms will it take? Asian philanthropists pivoted almost immediately to tackle the first wave of the pandemic, reflecting the flexible, innovative and catalytic nature of philanthropy. As funders rise to …

10 year grants: investing in ecologies and ecosystems to do the long, deep work of system shifting change

Cassie Robinson 4 November 2021

The Growing Great Ideas Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund offers long term, multi-year funding to initiatives with the potential to achieve transformative, longer-term change. Last month we announced the first recipients of Growing …

How grantmakers can innovate to shift power

3 Tyler Dale Hauger 31 October 2021

Several years ago, Eni Lestari of Indonesia (Chairperson of the International Migrants Alliance) became the first migrant from a grassroots movement to address the UN General Assembly. As a member of a migrant community herself, …

Whitewater philanthropy: Creating change while ‘shooting the rapids’

Stefan Flothmann 30 October 2021

This year, in the space of just a few months, the combination of three crises have wiped out decades of philanthropic investments in sustainable development, human rights and social justice. Due to the impacts of …

The effects of digital systems on giving

Lucy Bernholz 27 October 2021

Digital systems like mobile phones and networked computers make it ever easier to ask for money and to give it – possibly even too easy, as the Scrooge-like feeling I recounted having at the opening …

EFC Annual Conference 2021: From crisis to opportunity

Alliance magazine 26 October 2021

Alliance magazine is proud to have been a media partner at this year’s European Foundation Centre conference in Vienna, Austria. We’d like to thank the following contributors: Lucy Bernholz Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and …

A fresh look at the European philanthropy ecosystem: is there a place for Ukrainian practices?

Oleksandra Lytvynenko 25 October 2021

Becoming a part of the European philanthropic community for Ukrainian entity was not easy: almost half a year had passed from the time when we filled out the application form to the day when) Zagoriy …

How to save the world for just a trillion dollars

Rowan Hooper 22 October 2021

Remember the film Brewster’s Millions? Richard Pryor’s character is given a vast sum of money and told to spend it. I sometimes wondered what I would do in that position.  My daydream turned into a …