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WINGS Forum 2020: Focus not only on sharing generosity, but sharing power

Elika Roohi 26 November 2020

The 2020 annual WINGS forum was meant to happen in Nairobi, a celebration of the organisation’s 20th anniversary with their first conference in Africa. Of course, this year made other plans – so this week …


Our investments should not drive the problems we ask grantees to solve

Ellen Dorsey and Dan Chu 17 November 2020 For Subscribers

In this moment of great social, economic, and ecological upheaval, it is abundantly clear that we need fundamental and systemic changes to our economy. Fifty years of Milton Friedman’s doctrine of shareholder primacy and maximisation …


Wallace Global, Sierra Club Foundation hit back at divestment ‘virtue signalling’ claims

Elika Roohi 17 November 2020

It is ‘intellectually dishonest’ for foundations to separate the values that govern their grantmaking from how they manage their investments, say two of the leading voices in the Divest-Invest movement writing in Alliance magazine today. …

AVPA launches first ever report on Africa’s social investments landscape

Alliance magazine 12 November 2020

The African Venture Philanthropy Alliance, a Pan-African network of social investors that was started in 2018, launched yesterday a report on the state of social investment financing in Africa. The report is the first of …

The Neutrality Paradox and the shift from guilty capitalism

Anshulika Dubey 28 October 2020

Much of the conversation around the platform ‘Neutrality Paradox’ has focused on non-profit platforms. But what are the considerations for for-profit platforms, especially the ones at the convergence of technology, media and philanthropy? Can and …

Interview: Steven Serneels, chair of EVPA

1 Andrew Milner 20 October 2020 For Subscribers

There’s investing for impact and investing with impact. On the heels of the recently concluded EVPA annual conference, new chair Steven Serneels explains the distinction to Alliance and also outlines the Association’s convening role in …

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 …

Intentional investing

Kate Rogers 6 October 2020 For Subscribers

When it comes to effecting positive change, what would be the impact if foundations had the same expectations for their endowments as they did for their grantmaking? As climate and health crises close in, more …

New report: Untapped potential of impact investing

Alliance magazine 4 October 2020

Though almost 90 per cent of foundations are interested in impact investing, according to a recent Foundation Source survey, few foundations actually use impact investing tools, and even fewer use the full range of options. …

#EVPA20: Building Alliances for Impact

Alliance magazine 29 September 2020

Alliance magazine is proud to have been a media partner at this year’s EVPA Annual Conference. This year’s event was dedicated towards ‘Building Alliances for Impact’ and brought together practitioners from Europe and across the …