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How to save the world for just a trillion dollars

Rowan Hooper 22 October 2021

Remember the film Brewster’s Millions? Richard Pryor’s character is given a vast sum of money and told to spend it. I sometimes wondered what I would do in that position.  My daydream turned into a …


European climate funding: small sums distributed unequally

Elika Roohi 20 October 2021

Funding for climate change mitigation in Europe amounts to less than two per cent of total philanthropic funding on the continent – and within that sum, just 3.5 per cent is directed in grants to …


Reflections on building a learning culture in nonprofits and funders

Joachim Krapels, Julie Bélanger and Loïc Watine 19 October 2021

Imagine you are a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) leader in an international NGO. You’re on the phone with a colleague from the programme team in your organisation: Colleague: Donor X is interested in livelihood …

Strengthening global institutional philanthropy: insights from Latin America

Matthew D. Bird and Vicente M. León 15 October 2021

Institutional philanthropy in low- and middle-income countries is young, vibrant, and growing. Yet the nature of these philanthropic organisations differs from those in high-income countries, where operating environments benefit from an established philanthropic ecosystem. But …

New report offers advice for grantmakers working in Africa

Alliance magazine 14 October 2021

A new report from the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group shares advice and reflections by individuals engaged in grantmaking in Africa. The report surveyed 17 individuals over a period from November 2019 to February 2020 who …

Philanthropy centre joins women’s university to explore impact, potential for philanthropy in Pakistan

Alliance magazine 12 October 2021

The Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy has joined the Fatima Jinnah Women University in establishing a programme of activities that will promote philanthropy knowledge and community development across the country. The collaboration between PCP and FJWU …

European Day of Foundations looks to future of philanthropy

Alliance magazine 1 October 2021

With a number of events across Europe, this year’s European Day of Foundations and Donors is focusing on the theme ‘Stepping into tomorrow’ by shining a light on philanthropy’s contribution to society and highlighting what …

NYU Abu Dhabi, Badr Jafar launch Middle East’s first academic strategic philanthropy centre

Alliance magazine 30 September 2021

The Abu Dhabi campus of New York University (NYUAD) has launched the Strategic Philanthropy Initiative, the first academic and community-based platform that aims to shape a dynamic and strategic practice of philanthropy within the UAE …

Funding networks: Answering the what, why, and how

Kerstin Tebbe 18 September 2021

Networks often require donor funding to undertake activities to achieve their visions and missions. But, as we so often hear in our work with networks, mobilizing and managing adequate funds pose a host of challenges, …

Alliance poll: philanthropy to experience Asian boom

Elika Roohi and Charles Keidan 6 September 2021

Philanthropy is primed for explosive growth across Asia, respondents to an Alliance survey published in the magazine’s special 100th issue have predicted. Almost half of the respondents forecast that Asia will see the most growth …