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White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s ‘An American Dilemma’ and the making of a white world order

Rhodri Davies 6 September 2022 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Rhodri Davies, founder of Philanthropy Matters Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020 many organisations and institutions, including foundations and charities, declared their support for the aims of the Black Lives Matter …

Adding evidence: What global grantmaking data tells about us funding for intersectional organising

Kellea Miller 5 September 2022

Spoiler: philanthropy is not living up to its ideals Within the field of human rights philanthropy, we have spent much of the last decade asking how we can break down silos and move money to …

Mission to Scale: a podcast to help you take the guesswork out of changing more lives

Spring Impact 31 August 2022

‘A ‘must’ if you’re serious about scaling…it’s a great mix of ideas and practical examples.’ (Apple Podcast Review US, 2022) Extreme poverty, climate change, racial injustice. As the world’s problems accelerate, so should our solutions. …

Solidarity in action: The power of moving money through collective strategies

Jen Bokoff and Rosa Bransky 25 August 2022

As the crisis in Ukraine has unfolded, the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and Purposeful came together quickly to move resources to organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) with a focus on young disabled activists and …

Operating Archetypes: a new tool for analysis and action

Olga Tarasov 20 August 2022

Given the recent and ongoing seismic shocks to society from the pandemic, increased recognition of systemic inequities, and climate change, many philanthropies around the world, regardless of their form, experience, age and size, are facing …

Solidarity over charity: Prioritising long-term shifts over band-aid responses

Sadaf Shallwani 11 August 2022

What has charitable giving achieved over the last few decades? It’s a question that implicates billions of dollars, millions of people, and countless hours of work and effort, yet the answer is frustrating: Modern charity …

Decolonising ourselves to decolonise philanthropy

Cristal Campillay Alarcón and Paula Riedemann Fuentes 9 August 2022 For Subscribers

On situated knowledge, locus of enunciation, and other migrations – the story of Spain’s Calala Fondo de Mujeres We are a group of diverse women who understand ourselves as a mixed foundation. We are natives …

Centring pan-African philanthropies amid the shifting global socio-political and economic order

1 Halima Mahomed and Ndana Bofu-Tawamba 9 August 2022

There is no question that we are living in unprecedented times. The past three years, marked by the onset of Covid-19, were an era on its own. While a global challenge, the notion of the …

How to do philanthropy strategically in a messy world

Devon Kearney 5 August 2022

I muttered and cursed on the subway the first time I read Paul Brest’s The Power of Theories of Change. It was the heyday of the Strategic Philanthropy movement, talk of measuring impact was everywhere, …

Cambridge study: Strategic philanthropy doing well in Saudi Arabia

Alliance magazine 4 August 2022

Giving in Saudi Arabia has been highlighted as a noteworthy example of strategic philanthropy by a new report from the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. ‘Systems Change in …