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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 …


Smaller foundations have structural advantage in some areas, finds report

Alliance magazine 27 November 2021

While smaller foundations may be constrained by limited resources, capacity, or time – they have an advantage when it comes to pursuing ambitious practice because they can be more agile. This finding was published in …


Corporate giving in Pakistan increased by 15% during pandemic, finds report

Alliance magazine 22 November 2021

A new report from the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy found that between 2019-20, donations from the corporate sector increased by 15 per cent on the previous year, amounting to a sum of almost $94 million. …

UK foundation giving to environmental causes is on the up, but still a drop in the ocean

Florence Miller and Patricia Cremona 17 November 2021

After years of little change, annual giving from UK foundations for environmental work nearly doubled between 2015/16 and 2018/19, a hugely encouraging upswing. At £222 million, annual giving levels still have a long way to …

Alliance webinar: The future of philanthropy in Asia

Annmarie McQueen 16 November 2021

Change is inevitable, but what forms will it take? Asian philanthropists pivoted almost immediately to tackle the first wave of the pandemic, reflecting the flexible, innovative and catalytic nature of philanthropy. As funders rise to …

Fighting factory farming with new approaches to producing and using research

Caroline Fiennes 10 November 2021

Moving to a sustainable and fair food system is a giant challenge, and the organisations driving it are small compared to the problems. So it is crucial that they are as effective as possible. That …

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 …