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Internal communications for philanthropy: Maintaining community in a time of isolation

Donita Volkwijn 19 April 2020

As COVID-19 forces those of us in the philanthropic and global community to reassess what normal is, it’s important to be mindful not only of the challenges facing the communities we serve, but our internal …

Philanthropy and the coronavirus crisis: Making the shift towards a preventive model

Diane Alalouf-Hall, Jean-Marc Fontan and David Grant-Poitras 13 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked an unprecedented state of emergency in Quebec, Canada, and the rest of the world. Reassuringly, we are also witnessing a wave of solidarity, mutual aid and generosity that rises to …

COVID-19: An opportunity for transformative grant making

Thomas Hilbink and Daniela Aydin 3 April 2020

As funders race to set up rapid response funds to support groups hit by COVID-19, there are many good ideas circulating. One that has not had much traction in the best of times is the …

How can philanthropists and foundations meaningfully and effectively coordinate COVID-19 response?

Cassie Robinson 1 April 2020

This is clearly a time for philanthropy and foundations to be proactive in how they support civil society. There is so much that is needed right now, from emergency response funding, efforts to do the …

Responding to the Coronavirus crisis – lessons from ACF’s Stronger Foundations initiative

Max Rutherford 27 March 2020

Over the last 18 months, the Association of Charitable Foundation’s Stronger Foundations initiative has sought to help UK-based charitable foundations identify and pursue excellent practice. During the course of 42 meetings, the last of which …

COVID-19 doesn’t need to slow you down

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 25 March 2020

In the past week, I’ve heard a dozen examples of philanthropists who dramatically slowed or halted their work because of cancelled trips or the need to work remotely. Assuming loved ones and colleagues are not …

Four lessons learned from COVID-19 and how they are applicable to the fight against climate change

Julia Woods 19 March 2020

As we write this, cities across the globe are becoming ghost towns as public spaces, schools, businesses, and places of worship close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Along with carbon emissions and …

How should philanthropists respond to the coronavirus?

Claire Wilkins 18 March 2020

Covid-19 creates unprecedented challenges for all of us, and it is likely that everyone in the UK will be touched by it in some way before we reach a new normal. Our instinctive response to …

Lessons from a fundraising journey

Jennifer Louie 16 March 2020

I have previously written about my views on why donors and philanthropists should give greater consideration to funding first time managers. And similar perspectives have been shared by others in the field. But I rarely …

Three signs of a scarcity mindset in your philanthropy

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 11 March 2020

As a donor, you want to change the world. You seek transformational change. You don’t want a band-aid. You want solutions. But something stands in your way. That thing between well-intentioned donors and transformational giving …