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On Language and Power

Dana Doan 5 December 2016

I walked into the Global Summit for Community Philanthropy breakout session on narrative and language a bit late and yet my heart started racing as soon as I overheard the inter-related issues the discussion sought to address… …

Fantastic clients (and where to find them)

Alisha Miranda 4 November 2016

My worst client experience ever was many, many years ago, when I was a green consultant fresh out of graduate school and desperate to do a great job. Our client, a small medical company, had …

The expanding world of philanthropy advisory: interview with Melissa Berman

Charles Keidan 6 September 2016

As president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Business School, Melissa Berman is closely involved in philanthropy’s growing – and increasingly global – ecosystem. She talks to …

Deciding for all or all deciding? Exploring Participatory Grantmaking

3 Katy Love 1 February 2016

 ‘Innovation and iteration’ was the key theme of the January the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference in San Francisco. In the opening plenary, speakers noted that the ‘innovation’ of community involvement and participation …

Philanthrocapitalism – humble beginnings to billion dollar investments

Synergy Social Ventures 28 January 2016

Philanthrocapitalism, a new way of conducting philanthropy that mirrors how the for profit sector conducts business, is more than just a buzzword. Mark Zuckerberg’s new $45 billion charity, Chan Zuckerberg, gives new weight to the …

No Such Thing as a Free Gift

George Hoare and NPC 6 January 2016

Linsey McGoey’s No Such Thing As A Free Gift is a timely look at the practice and meaning of global philanthropy. The recent announcement that Mark Zuckerburg and Priscilla Chan will divest themselves of 99 …

Caroline Hartnell: we owe you

1 Barry Gaberman 1 December 2015

It was about 20 years ago that Caroline Hartnell came to my office at the Ford Foundation. She was trying to garner resources for a new quarterly publication called Alliance. I was to find out …

What is a sustainable portfolio ‘withdrawal rate’ for charities?

Jeremy Wells 10 November 2015

What is a sustainable portfolio ‘withdrawal rate’ for charities? Today’s harsh economic climate is enormously challenging for charities that see themselves as ‘perpetual’ in nature, and which rely to a material extent on their investments …

Is philanthropy advice an optional extra for private client advisers?

Katrina McClellan 4 June 2015

Is integrating philanthropy advice into an existing practice just an optional extra for some firms? The answer depends on who you’re talking with. A quick scan of the crowd at the opening event in Philanthropy …