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Reflections on legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe

Lloyd Mayer 4 July 2019

This week I was fortunate to be able to discuss the legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe with many of the academics and practitioners who are most experienced in dealing with this issue. I …


Philanthropy Australia welcomes Labor Party’s commitment to not-for-profit sector

Alliance magazine 12 May 2019

Philanthropy Australia welcomed announcement of a comprehensive not-for-profit sector policy agenda by the Australian Labor Party. The announcement includes commitments to establish an advisory body o oversee the preparation of a not-for-profit sector development plan, …


There’s no democracy without protest

Melissa Spatz 5 March 2019

Threats to the right to protest have caught the liberal funding community in the US unprepared, but the response is gathering momentum Threats to freedom of assembly are growing in the United States. We have …

Dutch law on disclosure of donations conflicts with human rights and EU law, say EFC and DAFNE

Alliance magazine 27 February 2019

The EFC and DAFNE have submitted joint comments in response to a newly proposed law that requires civil society organisations to report the amount of donations of €15,000 or higher, and also the name and …

Philanthropy done well: the importance of compliance

Ted Hart 25 February 2019

NGOs and civil society organizations around the world serve many different roles. In some countries organizations seek to augment the public services provided by governments. Still others may be called upon to step in to …

The Skoll Foundation appoint Donald H. Gips as new CEO

Alliance magazine 19 February 2019

The Skoll Foundation board of directors have announced the appointment of former Ambassador to South Africa Donald H. Gips a CEO. Gips comes to the Skoll Foundation from the Washington, D.C. based Albright Stonebridge Group …

Interview: Xu Yongguang, Narada Foundation

Andrew Milner 12 February 2019

Founded in May 2007 by Zhou Qingzhi and Xu Yongguang, at a time when most of the country’s existing foundations were operating foundations, Narada Foundation was the first grantmaking foundation in China dedicated to providing …

Report says majority of CSOs in Ghana are not equipped to deal with leadership transitions

Alliance magazine 28 January 2019

A report published by the West Africa Civil Society Institute state that many civil society organisations in lack governance structures and systems to support effective leadership transitions. Evidence indicates that a few organisations have plans …

Jair Bolsanaro steals headlines, but something amazing just happened in Brazilian politics

2 Paula Jancso Fabiani 22 January 2019

Brazil has undergone seismic political change. The headlines are being dominated – quite understandably – by the new Government, led by President Jair Bolsonaro. As a result, a piece of legislation that has become law …

IOTA Foundation – the hybrid foundation

Alliance magazine 8 January 2019

The IOTA Foundation is the first foundation whose capital consists entirely of a crypto-currency. Dominik Schiener, one of the founders, explains in an interview with the Association of German Foundations how to improve our digital …