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Denis Mizne: supporting vaccination, education, and leadership in Brazil

Elika Roohi 16 March 2021 For Subscribers

A year ago, the Lemann Foundation – a family foundation in Brazil that focuses on education and capacity-building – received an email from Oxford. It was proposing a partnership: would the Lemann Foundation help organise …

How to invest in narrative competency and combat toxic polarisation

1 Julia Roig and Melanie Greenberg 9 March 2021

In part one of this series, we argued for why philanthropy should invest in narrative competency to help combat toxic polarisation. Here, we offer some recommendations for how. Let’s be audacious! By using a cultural …

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: fostering authentic learning & engagement

Leslie Pine 5 March 2021

When it comes to philanthropy, jumping right into action can be the ‘fun’ part, and can also offer opportunities to experiment with different approaches as a way to inform next steps needed to address often …

New guide for funders looks at strategic use of time horizons

Alliance magazine 4 March 2021

To give as much as possible, as fast as possible, or to limit giving to a rate that enables an in-perpetuity existence? These are questions that philanthropists and charitable foundations are increasingly considering as more …

Legal philanthropy needs to shift its focus onto the lived experience of people and communities

Alliance magazine 2 March 2021

The small but influential percentage of funding for legal action needs to be less focused on courts and more global in scope. That’s the view of the guest editors of Alliance’s March 2021 issue on …

How to fund health advocacy

John Barnes 2 March 2021

As noted by Angela Nguku in your issue on global health philanthropy (Alliance, December 2020), advocacy by civil society has been a critical part of the progress in health over the past 20 years. Civil …

Business of Philanthropy: HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud

Alliance magazine 25 February 2021

In the latest episode of The Business of Philanthropy, Badr Jafar, Emirati philanthropist and Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge, speaks with HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, …

Dollars and pads: the business case for investing in menstrual health

Cristina Ljungberg and Wendy Anderson 23 February 2021

We know that menstrual health is a core component of global health, and yet the human-rights based argument is falling short of engaging funders to become involved in this space. Investing in menstrual health is …

Leading with humility: how consultants can support disability inclusion in philanthropy

Seema Shah 21 February 2021

As a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant whose work centers on equity and inclusion, I am keenly aware that humility is a core competency and that the learning never ends. So, when the National Network of …

Safety and wellbeing: promising funder practices to support partners

Alison Miranda, Vanina Serra and Wedad Bseiso 12 February 2021

Restrictive legislation, targeted attempts to surveil or hack, threats to physical safety: these are only some of the constraints facing activists and organisations, mainly imposed by government and private sector actors, restricting or shrinking civic …