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Lessons learned from delivering $100 million in support to local leaders

Regan Ralph 16 September 2020

In 2002, a small group of dedicated activists and funders set out to do something different in human rights philanthropy. Dismayed by the dominant top-down approach to social justice, we launched the Fund for Global …

The Roddenberry Foundation’s +1 Global Fund is a philanthropic experiment

Lior Ipp 10 September 2020

For foundations and philanthropists everywhere, the Covid-19 crisis represents a singular challenge, as well as an opportunity to doing things differently. This month, in response to the pandemic, The Roddenberry Foundation launched the +1 Global …

How to make online workshops better

Joe Hill 3 September 2020

Virtual meetings may have been an invaluable tool in this crisis, but it’s fair to say they also have their limitations for longer, group meetings. Spring Impact certainly felt the immediate impact of this, as …

You call It philanthropy, we call it ‘Devlopman Tèt Ansanm’

Marie-Rose Romain Murphy 2 September 2020

Lessons from The Haiti Community Foundation This is the second article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, co-hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange and Alliance Magazine. In an effort to challenge current discourse …

Philanthropy confidential – September 2020

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …

‘Frustrated’ Hewlett chief hits out at philanthropy sector ‘virtue signalling’

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 28 August 2020

Alliance exclusive – The CEO of one of the world’s leading foundations and climate funders has condemned ‘virtue signalling’ demands for foundations to divest from fossil fuels, suggested that calls for everyone to spend more …

Ford Foundation’s plan to issue debt intriguing for its novelty, though not ready to be replicated globally

Alliance magazine 11 August 2020 For Subscribers

The Ford Foundation, together with several other large American foundations, announced recently a plan to issue debt to increase grantmaking – an unusual choice in the foundation world. Some have called the move groundbreaking, saying …

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. …