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It’s time to ditch the mantra of trust-based philanthropy

1 Simon Sommer 5 April 2022

The omnipresent demand for so-called ‘trust-based philanthropy’ is, at best, naïve. At worst, it can be counterproductive and dangerous. What our sector has to achieve instead is unbiased funding. In current conversations among philanthropists, providing …

Why we need to make it easier to give across borders

Derek Ray-Hill 29 March 2022

The crisis in Ukraine has captured global attention – and people have responded with a deep desire to help refugees and support the charities delivering aid on the front lines. Yet the war layers on …

Time to make strategic philanthropy more human-focused

Charlotte Vangsgaard and Mads Holme 22 March 2022 For Subscribers

A sea change is underway in the world of philanthropy. The shift is driven partly by the cataclysmic effects of a global pandemic that has wiped out decades of developmental gains over the past few …

So you want to do a participatory strategy?

2 Rachel Stephenson Sheff 18 March 2022

Love the intention – but let’s make sure you get it right. These days, the word ‘participation’ – or rather, its sophisticated cousin ‘participatory‘ – is tossed around the social impact space like the word ‘organic’ …

Alliance digital event: Philanthropy for mental health

Alliance magazine 15 March 2022

Is philanthropy for mental health still in the shadows? Despite increased attention during the pandemic, mental health philanthropy is still lagging behind. Many explanations have been given for this: the difficulty of diagnosis, the stigma …

Mapping a sector’s global re-imagination: Pathways for change in philanthropy

1 Vanessa Stevens 2 March 2022

Every choice we make in philanthropy is an opportunity to move toward trust, equity, and justice. There are many pathways for change and when I became a grantmaker at Global Fund for Children in 2018, …

Does philanthropy have a mental health problem?

Krystian Seibert 1 March 2022

Philanthropy has often shied away from tackling mental health. Do the reasons usually given for this mask a deeper unease among funders? As a person who is passionate about both philanthropy and mental health and …

Mental health funding still in the shadows

Danielle Kemmer and Rory White 1 March 2022 For Subscribers

A global strategy linking the disparate elements of the mental health field is urgently needed if the issue is to get the attention it warrants In April 2016, the World Bank and WHO co-hosted a …

Putting power to good use

Bathylle Missika and Laura Abadia 1 March 2022 For Subscribers

Philanthropy is an increasingly significant force in terms of figures for development funding, yet reluctance to make common cause and to measure and account for itself are reducing its effectiveness With $42.5 billion of philanthropic …

Network bodies: alive and well in the Covid era

Andrew Milner 1 March 2022 For Subscribers

Two years on from the first lockdowns, we’ve all had to get used to not meeting our peers in person. Andrew Milner investigates the effect this has had on network bodies and how these gregarious …