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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 …

2020 Forum Virtual Conference

Alliance magazine 28 July 2020

United Philanthropy Forum’s Virtual Conference brought together people from philanthropy associations and networks—philanthropy-serving organisations (PSOs) that play a key role in advancing, informing and supporting the field. This year organisations throughout the network highlighted their …

Taking action on anti-Black racism: A call for philanthropy

Alice Y. Hom 28 July 2020

These days it’s rare to leave a zoom webinar with wanting more but that’s the feeling I had with the 2o2o Forum Virtual Conference session, Taking Action on Anti-Black Racism: A Call for Philanthropy. The conversation …

Systems change, equity, and the role of philanthropy serving organisations

Eddie Torres 27 July 2020

I’m writing to share some thoughts on United Philanthropy Forum’s excellent 2020 Forum Virtual Conference, which brings together Philanthropy Serving Organizations (PSOs) to share examples of how we’re working to support, strengthen, and lead the …

Open Society Foundations pledges $20 million for racial equity causes

Alliance magazine 18 July 2020

The Open Society Foundations announced this week that it would be investing $220 million in efforts to achieve racial equality in America. Of the full sum, the foundation will invest $150 million in five-year grants …

Warren Buffett donates $2.9 billion to Gates Foundation, Buffett family charities

Alliance magazine 9 July 2020

Warren Buffett has announced a pledge of $2.9 billion worth of stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as four foundations run by Buffett family members: the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the …

Rockefeller Brothers Fund announces $48 million increase in grantmaking budget

Alliance magazine 3 July 2020

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has announced that it will increase its grantmaking budget by $48 million over five years, including $10 million for a new programme focusing on racial justice. The other funds will go …

Ford, other foundations issue more than $1 billion in debt to increase grantmaking now

Alliance magazine 12 June 2020

The Ford Foundation announced yesterday a plan that would involve issuing more than $1 billion in debt so it would be able to give substantially more right now. Four other large and established foundations – …