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Wellcome Trust, world’s second largest foundation, hires new CEO 

Shafi Musaddique 19 October 2023

The Wellcome Trust has appointed John-Arne Røttingen, a former medical scientist and public health official, as its new CEO.   The world’s second largest foundation, with an endowment of $46.2 billion, said Røttingen brings inclusive …

To measurable impact and beyond; an evolving perception of philanthropy

Patricia Samman 12 October 2023

As various stakeholders gathered at the American University of Cairo for the Arab Philanthropy Forum; core pillars of Arab Philanthropy were highlighted, showcasing a shift in how the world perceives the philanthropic sector. In his …

Reflections from the Conference: living Latimpacto’s rhythm 

Daniel Uribe Parra 21 September 2023

A few weeks ago, I participated in Latimpacto´s second conference in Rio, titled, Impact Minds Standing Together. The essence of this network is rooted in strengthening human connection. Latimpacto is a young network that grows from the …

Five reflections from Impact Minds 

Allie Hollowell 21 September 2023

I recently heard someone call this Fall; “Conference Season”. And while I had to chuckle, it was a pretty accurate description of the next three months for the impact sector! With many convenings coming back …

Philanthropy in need of improving data and collaboration beyond sector, the Future of Philanthropy report warns 

Shafi Musaddique 8 September 2023

A new comprehensive report released suggests a need for more, and more useful, data in philanthropy and the need for philanthropists to collaborate not just with each other, but also across sectors.  The Future of …

Family giving in Asia evolving into structured, collaborative philanthropy, report finds 

Shafi Musaddique 7 September 2023

According to a report released by the Milken Institute, a think tank based in the US, education remains as one universal focus area for family philanthropy in Asia.  The institute interviewed five philanthropic leaders from …

US philanthropic giving declined in 2022, report finds 

Shafi Musaddique 4 August 2023

Philanthropic giving in the US declined significantly in 2022 and was the first dip recorded since 2009, at the height of the last global financial crisis.   A report compiled by Giving USA shows that …

The future of the past: Intergenerational trauma and transitional justice

Devon Kearney 2 August 2023

Recently I completed a research project for the Fund for Global Human Rights on the present and future of transitional justice: the things societies can do to address mass human rights abuses in their history. …

11 principles for ethical Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activities

Elisabeth Wilmer 29 July 2023

In 2022, Porticus joined forces with the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, to produce guidance around ethical practices for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) activities. Led by Porticus’ 360 Philanthropy Team, the goal of …

Johnson Center conducts research into Mexico’s community and family philanthropy

Shafi Musaddique 19 July 2023

Two chairs of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy have kickstarted a project exploring the intersections of community and family philanthropy in Mexico, in a bid to improve what they call the “relatively sparse” field of …