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Why and how to build cross-sector partnerships: Lessons from Ukraine

Oleksandra Lytvynenko 7 June 2021

‘True excellence is a product of synergy,’ a common saying goes. For the third sector, it’s especially relevant. It’s too common for nonprofits advocating important causes to be understaffed and under-resourced. Brokering cross-sector partnerships is …

Sizing up the challenge

1 Michael Feigelson 1 June 2021

How an ambitious quest to scale up its impact inspired a Dutch foundation to change the way it does business  In late 2014 I was appointed executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a …

Leaving it to trust

1 Pamala Wiepking 1 June 2021

Unrestricted funding has been more talked about than practised by foundations. A new professorship in the Netherlands aims to get to the bottom of what its benefits – and its drawbacks – really are Recent …

Global Updates

Alliance magazine 1 June 2021

This is our round-up of philanthropy news around the world featured in the June 2021 issue of Alliance: The Americas Cross-racial network targets climate justice groups Bezos Earth Fund recruits senior personnel Latimpacto study illuminates …

Family Philanthropy Navigator: The inspirational guide for philanthropic families on their giving journey

Filiz Bikmen 1 June 2021

Reviewed by Filiz Bikmen, Founding director, Esas Sosyal. Remember how it feels to be in a room with a number of small tables, flipcharts, colourful post-its and lively drawings of the participants’ discussions captured on …

Help! How can I get philanthropists to notice my organisation?

Regi 1 June 2021

Dear Regi, How can one increase awareness of an organisation amongst wealth managers and philanthropists? If they are looking to fund organisations or programmes related to our area of focus, how can we make sure …

A new era of corporate impact

Karoline Heitmann, Lonneke Roza, Alessia Gianoncelli and Steven Serneels 25 May 2021

How companies and corporate social investors can deepen, scale or broaden their collective impact. Philanthropists and impact investors play a major role in driving systemic change and cross-sector collaborations for a more sustainable positive impact …

Everyone is funding oxygen. This is a problem.

Smarinita Shetty 24 May 2021

Media attention on Covid-19 deaths due to a lack of oxygen in big cities has skewed donor priorities. This is impacting relief efforts on the ground. As the second wave of Covid-19 rages through the …

$1.5m pooled fund launches in Asia to improve healthcare systems

Alliance magazine 10 May 2021

A new pooled fund in Asia, coordinated by the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, will support strengthening healthcare systems in Southeast Asia. The AVPN Philanthropic Pooled Fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, …

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: Reflection, assessment, and sharing

Leslie Pine 9 May 2021

When pursuing deep social impact, an important part of the journey is creating space to reflect on what you have done, where you are currently, and where you would like to go. The reflection process …