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Philanthropy and law

Philanthropy and law: a note to funders

Thomas Hilbink 1 June 2021

I came to philanthropy as a result of studying the ways lawyers, social movements and the funders that support them interacted to shape social change in the US in the 1950s and 1960s. Therefore, your …


Pushing on all fronts

Tamara Vasan 1 June 2021

The comprehensive analysis in your issue on Law, philanthropy and justice (Alliance, March 2021) underscores the need for solutions which originate from and centre on those most directly affected by injustice. A critical node in …


Protection Networks: a lifeline for embattled human rights activists

Magda Adamowicz and Sharan Srinivas 24 April 2021

On 23 October 2020, unidentified gunmen shot 65-year-old South African environmental and human rights activist Fikile Ntshangase dead at her home. Ntshangase had courageously led a grassroots campaign against the expansion of a coalmine that …

The Covid-19 grassroots justice fund that invests in people-led justice solutions

1 Abigail Moy 31 March 2021

In the shadow of the pandemic, injustices are deepening. Migrant workers are laid off from jobs yet unable to travel or access healthcare. Survivors of gender-based violence are cut off from the institutions that might …

Alliance webinar: Law, philanthropy and justice

Amy McGoldrick 23 March 2021

Celebrating the launch of Alliance’s new issue in our 25th year, last week’s webinar explored the relationship between philanthropy and the law. Guest editors and panellists Nicolette Naylor (Ford Foundation, South Africa) and David Sampson …

Assessing the impact of climate litigation

1 Jasper Teulings and Shishusri Pradhan 3 March 2021

1,587 climate litigation cases were brought between 1986 and 2020 according to LSE’s Grantham Institute and the recent UNEP Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review found that climate cases have nearly doubled over the …

Legal philanthropy needs to shift its focus onto the lived experience of people and communities

Alliance magazine 2 March 2021

The small but influential percentage of funding for legal action needs to be less focused on courts and more global in scope. That’s the view of the guest editors of Alliance’s March 2021 issue on …

In profile: Funders and the law

Alliance magazine 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Laws prescribe the rights and duties of citizens; the courts provide the means of upholding the one and enforcing the other. Too often, though, laws are inadequate to protect the rights of all citizens, or …

Can litigation achieve true social justice?

Lisa Vanhala and Jacqui Kinghan 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

Commentators have argued over the value and effects of strategic litigation. What can funders learn about the issue from their analyses? In the 1954 case of Brown v Board of Education, the US Supreme Court …

Strategic litigation and grassroots power

Aleyamma Mathew 2 March 2021 For Subscribers

To ensure a democratic future, funders should help build ecosystems and get behind intersectional approaches The victory of the Biden-Harris campaign in the 2020 US presidential election was not born out of fundraising campaigns and …