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‘Only big changes will lead to positive futures’: annual civil society blueprint

Alliance magazine 15 January 2022

Drawing on voices from across the sector, Lucy Bernholz’s annual industry forecast surveys the landscape of philanthropy and digital civil society to outline the biggest challenges, most pressing questions, and most promising ideas, trends, and …


In India, private philanthropy up 23% with increase coming from family foundations

Alliance magazine 11 January 2022

Private philanthropic spending was up almost a quarter in 2020 in India, a report from Dasra and Bain & Company has revealed. Much of this increase has come from family foundations, the report found. In …


Data and insight-driven global philanthropy has never been more important

Ted Hart 6 January 2022

As we approach the end of 2021 and the two-year anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdowns, it’s difficult not to recognize the dramatic changes the philanthropy community has undergone. In a short period, we have …

Donor Advised Funds: data key to understanding this important giving mechanism

Anna Pruitt and Jon Bergdoll 4 January 2022

Far from being mysterious, DAF grants follow clear patterns associated with high-net-worth donors. In the United States, the giving vehicles known as donor-advised funds (DAFs) have garnered an enormous amount of attention in recent years …

First philanthropy report on climate strategies in China released

1 China Environmental Grantmakers Alliance 3 January 2022

On Adaptation Day at COP26, the China Environmental Grantmakers Alliance (CEGA) released the ‘CEGA Research Report on the Funding Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation’ at the China Corporate Pavilion in Glasgow, and held the 2021 …

UK foundation grantmaking high, despite growing challenges for philanthropy sector

Alliance magazine 20 December 2021

Foundation grantmaking remained high in 2021, despite growing challenges for the foundation sector, found the Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) Foundation Giving Trends 2021 report – the annual research on giving, income and assets among …

Charity donations from UK’s wealthiest down 20 per cent, despite income rise

Alliance magazine 18 December 2021

The wealthiest people in Britain cut their typical donation to charity by more than a fifth in the years preceding the pandemic, despite enjoying a 10 per cent increase in income over the same period. …

Gates philanthropy is 40% of all cross-border development funding, finds OECD report

Alliance magazine 9 December 2021

The OECD Centre on Philanthropy has launched a report today looking at the role of private philanthropy for development – the report is the second edition of Private Philanthropy for Development and provides open and …

Bias and narrow thinking hold back food and climate action, finds report

Alliance magazine 6 December 2021

A new report about evidence, influence, and food systems from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food has found that there are viable food solutions to the current climate, biodiversity, and hunger crises going …

Foundation Practice Rating: early analysis on diversity, transparency, communication

Jake Furby and Sylvia McLain 3 December 2021

The Foundation Practice Rating has launched! Following the July 2021 article in Alliance, the initiative to research and rate UK grant-making foundations on their accountability, transparency and diversity is now in the field. The Foundation …