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Solidarity over charity: Prioritising long-term shifts over band-aid responses

Sadaf Shallwani 11 August 2022

What has charitable giving achieved over the last few decades? It’s a question that implicates billions of dollars, millions of people, and countless hours of work and effort, yet the answer is frustrating: Modern charity …


Decolonising ourselves to decolonise philanthropy

Cristal Campillay Alarcón and Paula Riedemann Fuentes 9 August 2022 For Subscribers

On situated knowledge, locus of enunciation, and other migrations – the story of Spain’s Calala Fondo de Mujeres We are a group of diverse women who understand ourselves as a mixed foundation. We are natives …


Centring pan-African philanthropies amid the shifting global socio-political and economic order

Halima Mahomed and Ndana Bofu-Tawamba 9 August 2022

There is no question that we are living in unprecedented times. The past three years, marked by the onset of Covid-19, were an era on its own. While a global challenge, the notion of the …

How to do philanthropy strategically in a messy world

Devon Kearney 5 August 2022

I muttered and cursed on the subway the first time I read Paul Brest’s The Power of Theories of Change. It was the heyday of the Strategic Philanthropy movement, talk of measuring impact was everywhere, …

Cambridge study: Strategic philanthropy doing well in Saudi Arabia

Alliance magazine 4 August 2022

Giving in Saudi Arabia has been highlighted as a noteworthy example of strategic philanthropy by a new report from the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. ‘Systems Change in …

Trusted partnership: pushing the boundaries of traditional grant-making and trust-based philanthropy

1 Anna Hirsch-Holland 28 July 2022

Trust-based philanthropy has been critiqued for emphasizing unrestricted funding to the detriment of ‘criteria- and data-driven’ (thereby ‘unbiased’) funding. Its defenders argue that it is about much more than unrestricted funding, highlighting also the streamlined …

The case for philanthropy to step up with an intersectional approach

1 Deepa Pawar and Ami Misra 22 July 2022

Even in an unprecedented crisis that touches everyone in some way, the most vulnerable communities and individuals are always exposed to harsher realities – something the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic showed. While delivering services …

We should be more open about failure… in the right way

Jesper Nygård 19 July 2022

Many projects both succeed and fail. Therefore, talking about failure takes a sense of nuance, and it’s important to not pass judgement too soon. In a world where issues are becoming increasingly complex, we must …

Philanthropy is ripe for change: I explore how on Philanthropisms podcast

Charles Keidan 12 July 2022

There is no typical career journey in philanthropy. Routes into and out of leadership roles are many and varied. I was reminded of that when I spoke recently to Rhodri Davies’s Philanthropisms podcast about my …

The cost of living crisis demands a Covid-style response

Naomi Chapman 11 July 2022

Life is getting more expensive for everyone. In Britain, the official inflation rate is 9.1 per cent. America is not far behind at 8.6 per cent. Across the EU it’s averaging 8.8 per cent. But …