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The future of investing is impact

Caroline Mason 16 June 2024

Like many foundations around the world, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is on a journey to make better use of our investment assets. As with our £50 million of annual grant-making, we want our £1.2 billion endowment …


Old habits prevent generous sustained funding for women and girls        

Susan Burgess-Lent 14 June 2024

Women’s and girls’ organizations received $8.8 billion in philanthropic support in 2020, which is 1.8 percent of total charitable giving – a key finding from the 2023 Women and Girls Index (WGI)*. A somewhat larger figure …


Trust, interconnectedness, and the climate sector

Alanya Dhalla 12 June 2024

I left this year’s Philea forum reflecting on the importance of trust and the challenges of silos within philanthropy and the social sector. Over the course of the forum, sessions and panellists showcased the interconnectedness …

Is philanthropy rock and roll?

Elaine Stabler 12 June 2024

Under the title of ‘Trust and Philanthropy’, the 2024 Philea Forum sought to answer two pressing questions: how can philanthropic organisations build and maintain trust in the eyes of their beneficiaries? And how can they …

Uncovering foundations’ impact investing sphere

Zibran Choudhury 12 June 2024

In May, Alliance asked its readers what session they would like to hear about most at Philea Forum 2024 in a poll. The winner was ‘Uncovering foundations’ impact investing sphere’– take a look at our …

Donors need to do better finding and funding grassroots health NGOs for LGBTQ+ people in Uganda

Longino Mo 11 June 2024 For Subscribers

LGBTIQ+ people in Rwenzori sub region, Uganda are pleading for a non-discriminative environment at health facilities to ensure equitable and quality access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV services.  LGBTIQ+ people in rural areas …

Reflections on power dynamics and collaborations in funds working with systemic change

Sine Egede Eskesen 11 June 2024

With money comes power. It’s an age-old saying, and no matter what type of foundation you are, power dynamics between relationships are an ever-present element. This is an issue the philanthropic sector as a whole …

Donors are ignoring Black women at the forefront of our most important social movements

Brandee M. Butler 10 June 2024

Angela Davis once said, ‘When Black women move, the whole structure of society moves with them.’ Throughout history, Black women have been at the center of struggles for change. In recent years, they have led …

“Societal shift” around philathropists using endowment for positive impact

Claudia Cahalane 6 June 2024

Philanthropists’ interest in incorportating impact investing, both in grantmaking and their endowment, is growing, according to two philanthropic support organisations. Impact Europe and Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association) have released new guidance for philathropists looking to …

Trust-based philanthropy rewards ideas

Anne Robinson Wadsworth 5 June 2024

Growing up in a rural village in northwestern Tanzania, Josephina Joachim was a young woman who experienced hardship and injustice. Hoping to shift the narrative for girls who came after her, she and her colleagues …