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Green energy investment to increase, but more will be needed

Alliance magazine 29 November 2020

A new report reveals that investment into renewable energy is likely to increase significantly over the next five years. According to Climate Action, over one-third of investors surveyed believe that the Covid-19 crisis has made …


Our investments should not drive the problems we ask grantees to solve

Ellen Dorsey and Dan Chu 17 November 2020 For Subscribers

In this moment of great social, economic, and ecological upheaval, it is abundantly clear that we need fundamental and systemic changes to our economy. Fifty years of Milton Friedman’s doctrine of shareholder primacy and maximisation …


Wallace Global, Sierra Club Foundation hit back at divestment ‘virtue signalling’ claims

Elika Roohi 17 November 2020

It is ‘intellectually dishonest’ for foundations to separate the values that govern their grantmaking from how they manage their investments, say two of the leading voices in the Divest-Invest movement writing in Alliance magazine today. …

AVPA launches first ever report on Africa’s social investments landscape

Alliance magazine 12 November 2020

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance, a Pan-African network of social investors that was started in 2018, launched yesterday a report on the state of social investment financing in Africa. The report is the first of …

Where to From Here? Perspectives from inside an environmental nonprofit/asset owner

Giulia Christianson and Ariel Pinchot 7 November 2020

We will long remember 2020 as a year of immense tragedy. In the U.S. alone, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken the lives of over 230,000 people and left millions unemployed and struggling to get by. …

Foundations, invest in impact

Sridhar Prasad and Ben Morley 24 October 2020

Over the past decade, it has become impossible to ignore the conversation around impact investing as a tool for social good. Yet, even as impact investing has gone from niche to mainstream, a recent survey …

Interview: Steven Serneels, chair of EVPA

1 Andrew Milner 20 October 2020 For Subscribers

There’s investing for impact and investing with impact. On the heels of the recently concluded EVPA annual conference, new chair Steven Serneels explains the distinction to Alliance and also outlines the Association’s convening role in …

Foundation investments: Important to challenge popular beliefs

1 Rien van Gendt 7 October 2020

Recently Alliance magazine published a special issue that provides an inside perspective in the world of philanthropic investments, and I participated in a webinar organised by Alliance, that dealt with issues of transparency regarding the investment …

Intentional investing

Kate Rogers 6 October 2020 For Subscribers

When it comes to effecting positive change, what would be the impact if foundations had the same expectations for their endowments as they did for their grantmaking? As climate and health crises close in, more …

New report: Untapped potential of impact investing

Alliance magazine 4 October 2020

Though almost 90 per cent of foundations are interested in impact investing, according to a recent Foundation Source survey, few foundations actually use impact investing tools, and even fewer use the full range of options. …