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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, …

Peer dialogue: Achieving solidarity needs a brave strategy

1 Halima Mahomed and Theo Sowa 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor, Halima Mahomed talks to Theo Sowa, CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) about how funders can support social movements Halima Mahomed: Most institutional philanthropy goes to particular types of institutionalised civic …

Building a social movements fund

Alliance magazine 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

Ebrima Sall, executive director of TrustAfrica, which was instrumental in setting up the African Social Movements Fund, tells Alliance about the background to the fund and its aims Alliance: How did the fund come about …

A call for ‘timely’ capital

Farahnaz Karim and Audrey Selian 23 May 2020

The reality of fund-raising for those seeking ‘patient capital’ has proven more elusive than the current optimistic narrative about impact investing would suggest, and it begs the question: can capital really be patient? The unstated …

Rapid strategy development in times of crisis

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 17 May 2020

Strategies guide philanthropists during tumultuous times  Philanthropists are most effective when they have a strategy. And, formulating that strategy is easier than you think. With a strategy ready to guide decisions, givers save time and …