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Complex humanitarian emergencies: Global philanthropic giving can & should be more strategic

Alex Gray 7 April 2022

Today, more people are impacted by humanitarian crises than at any point in recorded history. Conflicts drive 80 per cent of all humanitarian needs. Yet in 2019, only 4 per cent of philanthropy’s $352 million giving for …


Is the trust-based philanthropy bubble about to burst?

2 Charles Keidan 6 April 2022

If trust-based philanthropy is the new orthodoxy sweeping the philanthropic world, then MacKenzie Scott is its undisputed champion. Scott has turned the institutional philanthropy model on its head donating over $12 billion to nonprofits over …


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 …

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’ …

Global Updates

Alliance magazine 1 March 2022

This is our round-up of philanthropy news around the world featured in the March 2022 issue of Alliance: The Americas Global South funders launch climate crisis network Brazilian giving circle for racial equity  $3m bid …

Alliance digital event: A global conversation on the future of philanthropy

Annmarie McQueen 15 February 2022

What does the future of philanthropy look like? Over 2021, as a part of Alliance magazine’s special 25th-anniversary celebrations, we explored that question through six special digital events across Africa, the Arab region, Asia & …

Are funders overlooking incarcerated women and girls?

1 Sabrina Mahtani 7 February 2022

Over one million women are controlled by the criminal justice system and over 741,000 women are in prison worldwide. Globally, the number of women in prison is estimated to have increased by about 59 per …

15 best practices for hosting virtual or hybrid fundraising events

Steve Bernat 5 February 2022

Like many activities, the onset of the pandemic abruptly put an end to in-person fundraising. Now in our new normal, while some in-person events have returned, the majority of nonprofit organizations and other fundraising groups …

UK foundation grantmaking high, despite growing challenges for philanthropy sector

Alliance magazine 20 December 2021

Foundation grantmaking remained high in 2021, despite growing challenges for the foundation sector, found the Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) Foundation Giving Trends 2021 report – the annual research on giving, income and assets among …

Strengthening agroecology at the roots

Dulce Magaña and Daniel Moss 30 November 2021 For Subscribers

Deepening agroecological practices and finding new ways of funding could both be vital to the planet’s future With hurricanes evermore ferocious and biodiversity vanishing at alarming rates, farming communities are re-embracing traditional agroecology practices to …