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False binaries: A cautionary tale

Djurdja Trajkovic and Galina Maksimovic 5 October 2020

This is the fourth article in a global series about philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, hosted by the Social Innovation Exchange. In an effort to recentre marginal voices and expertise, we have been inviting …


No, philanthropy sector, we cannot be neutral

2 Emily Collins-Ellis 25 September 2020

One October morning in 2019, back when international travel and gathering in groups was allowed, I watched as Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving, cut through what had become an enthusiastic and complex debate on the …


We don’t know how to get donors to use more evidence to improve their giving

Caroline Fiennes 23 September 2020

What aids and impedes donors using evidence to make their giving more effective? This question motivated a two researchers at the University of Birmingham to do a wide search of the academic and non-academic literature …

‘It is give-back time’: In conversation with Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Richard Robinson

Danielle Walker Palmour 21 September 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has produced economic chaos with worse predicted to follow – and the endowments and assets of grantmakers follow the fortunes of the market. How are foundations coping with the financial effects of …

Philanthropy confidential – September 2020

Regi 1 September 2020

All your confidential philanthropic queries answered Philanthropy confidential is your space to safely and anonymously get advice on ethical dilemmas in the sector. Tell Regi, our secret philanthropy correspondent with impeccable standing in the global …

In profile: Philanthropic investing

Alliance magazine 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Foundations are actively using a greater range of their assets to pursue their underlying aims. These investments span a wide variety of form, purpose and recipient, a sample of which is featured here Foundations going …

Virtue signalling is not always a virtue: Conversation with Hewlett’s Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall

Danielle Walker Palmour 1 September 2020 For Subscribers

Guest editor Danielle Walker Palmour talks to Larry Kramer and Ana Marshall, respectively CEO and chief investment officer of the Hewlett Foundation, about why the foundation is investing its $10 billion endowment for the long …

Seven lessons donors can learn from MacKenzie Scott’s surprise $1.7 billion gift

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 9 August 2020

On July 28, MacKenzie Scott surprised the world by announcing she had made $1.7 billion in donations to 116 nonprofit organisations. They were selected for the transformative work they were doing and to support leaders driving …

Hewlett Foundation pledges almost $170 million to racial justice funding

Alliance magazine 3 August 2020

The Hewlett Foundation has announced $168 million in funding for racial justice initiatives, including $18 million in funds this year, as well as a new 10-year $150-million racial justice initiative. In addition to the newly …

The Balnaves Foundation pledges $420,000 to arts reporting project with Guardian Australia

Elika Roohi 29 July 2020

The Balnaves Foundation has announced an AUD$420,000 (USD$302,000) grant over three years to the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust, which will allow Guardian Australia to commence an in-depth arts reporting project and educational outcomes for University …