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Dollars and pads: the business case for investing in menstrual health

Cristina Ljungberg and Wendy Anderson 23 February 2021

We know that menstrual health is a core component of global health, and yet the human-rights based argument is falling short of engaging funders to become involved in this space. Investing in menstrual health is …


Pooled funder African Visionary Fund commits $1m in core support to African-led organisations

Alliance magazine 10 February 2021

African Visionary Fund – a pooled fund with support from partners such as the King Baudouin Foundation US, Segal Family Foundation, Skoll Foundation, and Tawingo Fund – have announced $1 million in general operating support …


Bold vision is needed to change a system, so is collaboration and trust

Juliet Cockram 22 January 2021

If there is one word that sums up what we need right now, it is connection. This need has united us through Covid – the lockdowns, isolation, quarantines, and loss. But this pandemic, for all …

Opportunities for grantmaking in fostering the culture of giving in Brazil

Joana Mortari 2 January 2021

In a recent essay, writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit expressed, in a vivid and clear way, that although invisible and immaterial, we reside within many overlapping structures. ‘They are assembled from ideas, visions and …

Virtual Summit on Impact: leadership styles matter for grantmakers and grantees

Hal Plotkin 21 December 2020

How can grantmakers be sure the programs they fund have the maximum possible impact? For grantmakers, the most critical factors are agile, flexible, learning-oriented leadership. Grantees, on the other hand, say they can be most …

Year-end giving in 2020: New challenges, new opportunities

Ted Hart 16 December 2020

December is traditionally a time to reflect on the chapter we’re about to close and look with hope and anticipation to the year ahead. It’s also a time marked by gratitude, goodwill, and generosity. So, …

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 …