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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 – …

In unprecedented crisis, funders aren’t reaching BAME communities

1 Fozia Irfan 11 June 2020

We are three months into the most challenging situation to ever face philanthropy and the not for profit sector in the UK, and yet astonishingly very few funds seem to have actually reached BAME communities …

From silos to solidarity: Can grantmaking be part of movement-building?

The Participatory Grantmaking Collective 5 June 2020

Without social movements, much of the change we hope to see in the world will be impossible. Social movements shift narratives, develop new understandings of the world, and build the demand for action. History shows …

Entering the funding arena

Halima Mahomed, Graciela Hopstein and Romy Krämer 2 June 2020

Social movements have rarely featured in funders’ theories of change or strategies. This is slowly changing and international interest in movements is rising Friday’s for Future, NiUnaMenos, Lucha, #BlackLivesMatter, the uprisings in Chile and HongKong, …

What is the donor’s true motivation?

Maíra P. Lacerda Krenak and Inimá P. Lacerda Krenak 2 June 2020 For Subscribers

A Brazil-based fund is pursuing an approach to funding Indigenous Peoples which is more attuned to their worldview ‘In Brazil… we still rely on foreign help, much like a charity case, which is subordinating and …

Funders know how to rebalance power, so why are we still not acting?

Chrissy Cattle and Ciorsdan Brown 27 May 2020

A survey from the Grant Givers’ Movement is the first of its kind to collect insights from those working within grantmaking on their perspectives around power and trust. With more than 140 responses from those …

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 …