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Tax support for philanthropy: Striking the right balance

Pascal Saint-Amans and Henry Peter 2 December 2020

Philanthropy plays an important role in most countries in mobilising private support for the public good. The work of philanthropic organisations is especially evident in moments of hardship and crisis, such as natural disasters, national …


Alliance survey reveals mental health issues rising in global philanthropy sector

Alliance magazine 24 November 2020

More than half of respondents to an Alliance survey reported that the mental health and well-being of people in their organisation has deteriorated since the Covid-19 pandemic started. This is one of the key findings …


Charities set up only for political campaigns a problem for Ukrainian foundation sector

Alliance magazine 14 November 2020

What are the scales of election charity? What consequences does election charity have on the general charity sector? These are questions that Ukraine’s Zagoriy Foundation is seeking to answer in a recently released report looking …

Civil society a critical part of pandemic response, finds new research

Alliance magazine 6 November 2020

A new report from the global civil society alliance CIVICUS has highlighted the critical role that activists, NGOs, and grassroots organisations have played during the Covid-19 pandemic. Titled ‘Solidarity in the Time of COVID-19’, the …

South African funders gather to discuss future of philanthropy

Alliance magazine 3 November 2020

The Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa’s virtual symposium kicked off today, bringing together some 100 South African funders to discuss and debate the future of funding in an unprecedented and disruptive climate. The virtual …

Funders recognise systems change philanthropy as critical, according to report

Elika Roohi 27 October 2020

How, when, and why do certain solutions achieve system-level shifts? Four years ago, the Skoll, Ford, and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, Porticus, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors set out to explore that question through the Scaling …

ACF publishes recommendations for stronger practice for foundation chairs

Alliance magazine 24 October 2020

The Association of Charitable Foundations has published a new report highlighting recommendations for chairs of foundation boards. The report, 10 Pillars of Stronger Practice for Chairs of Foundation, builds on the six thematic reports that …

The future of philanthropy: A view from Russia

Alexey Kuzmin 19 October 2020

The Center for Philanthropy Development’s paper on the future of philanthropy attempts to produce a credible forecast of that future by documenting key current trends. The study was based on an in-depth literature review which …

New report: Public and funders still don’t understand urgent need to act on climate crisis

Alliance magazine 18 October 2020

Charities say they are struggling to persuade the public of need to act rapidly on environmental issues. Environmental organisations are struggling to communicate the sheer scale and complexity of the climate crisis to the public …

Philanthropy and Covid-19 survey: We want to hear from you!

Alliance magazine 13 October 2020

The impact of Covid-19 cannot be overstated; from our daily lives to global health infrastructure, everything has been halted, examined or changed. The effect upon civil society has been immediate, whilst simultaneously highlighting historic discriminations …