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A call for ‘timely’ capital

Farahnaz Karim and Audrey Selian 23 May 2020

The reality of fund-raising for those seeking ‘patient capital’ has proven more elusive than the current optimistic narrative about impact investing would suggest, and it begs the question: can capital really be patient? The unstated …


How to do participatory grantmaking online during COVID-19

Katy Love and Winifred Ollif 18 May 2020

Can funders manage participatory decision-making during a pandemic? Yes! We know participatory grantmaking can be effective online because we’ve done it. Calls are growing for funders to open up their decision-making and share power with …


Rapid strategy development in times of crisis

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 17 May 2020

Strategies guide philanthropists during tumultuous times  Philanthropists are most effective when they have a strategy. And, formulating that strategy is easier than you think. With a strategy ready to guide decisions, givers save time and …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 3

Cassie Robinson 13 May 2020

This is the third post in a series of Observations from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during Covid-19. Last week The National Lottery Community Fund hosted the first of a series of three …

Disaster response and the development sector

Aboli Abkari 11 May 2020

An effective response to a humanitarian crisis in the wake of a disaster will entail preparedness, alignment of programme objectives and managing the post-disaster scenario. The development sector works with those sections of the society …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK – Part 2

Cassie Robinson 10 May 2020

The narrative of civil societyNow more than ever, Trusts and Foundations should be investing in how to assemble and build a more visible narrative about what civil society has been doing during this crisis. It …

Reflections from a funder on the frontline of grantmaking during COVID-19 in the UK

Cassie Robinson 7 May 2020

What is this new context bringing up for you as a funder? Here I share some of my reflections and observations 6 weeks into the crisis in the UK. Interdependence That word interdependence is appearing …

Interview: Benjamin Bellegy, WINGS

Andrew Milner 5 May 2020

The latest piece of research produced by the Worldwide Networks for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), designed to help philanthropy support organisations (PSOs) think through their role in changing circumstances has been overborne by the Covid-19 crisis…well, …

COVID-19: Dispatches from Pakistan

Ahmad Nadeem 24 April 2020

Like elsewhere in the world, Pakistan is also grappling with the gargantuan coronavirus pandemic. The Government’s containment measures have rendered the daily wagers and labour class at the brink of starvation as they are unable …

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 …