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Socrates’ recipe for systems change: know thyself

Priscilla Boiardi and Alessia Gianoncelli 15 April 2019

Systems change calls for more collaboration among public, private and civil society actors. But how can you collaborate if you’re not transparent about your impact, financial returns expectations and how much of a risk you …


Wider Sense & WINGS webinar | Insights on the future of European philanthropy and social investment infrastructure

Alliance magazine 10 April 2019

More than the Sum of its Parts: Insights on the Future of European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure What do grantmakers expect from the philanthropy support infrastructure? How does that infrastructure increase the effectiveness of …


Funding by individual philanthropists in India grows 21 per cent over past five years

Alliance magazine 8 March 2019

Funding by individual philanthropists grew by 21 per cent between 2014 and 2018 according to a new report launched today by DASRA and Bain & Company. The India Philanthropy Report 2019 uncovers a continuous increase …

Tamil Nadu government unveil start-up and innovation fund

Alliance magazine 23 January 2019

The Tamil Nadu government has unveiled a new start-up fund worth approximately £27,000,000 as part of the new Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation policy 2018-2023. The Tamil Nadu Startup and Innovation policy, aims to provide an …

It’s not a game of choices

Décio Emanuel 4 January 2019

BuySocial currently markets itself as ‘aiming to build markets for social enterprises among the general public and private and public sectors’. But that’s not building a market, is it? It’s pushing against the existing markets, …

Entries are now open for the NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards 2019

Alliance magazine 24 December 2018

Entries are now open for the NatWest SE100 Index and Social Business Awards 2019. Pioneers Post have put together the NatWest SE100 to celebrate the growth, impact and resilience of UK social ventures, naming the …

The best investment is one that returns time

Décio Emanuel 18 December 2018

There is this belief in entrepreneurship, that you must work long hours to be successful. Successful people are often quoted that, especially in their early days, they worked over 84 hours per week with some …

Investing in Central and Eastern Europe could strengthen entire European economy

Alliance magazine 10 December 2018

The Social Investment Leveraging Index, which was launched at the 14th EVPA conference in Warsaw, indicates that the average budget for venture philanthropy and social investment funds in 2017 was €10.7 million – nine per …

Corporate foundations consider risks and opportunities

James Magowan 1 December 2018

DAFNE held its third European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange, in association this year with Assifero, in Italy, hosted by Fondazione Sicilia. Over 70 delegates from 11 countries participated. This Knowledge Exchange will be remembered for its …

Impact investing: A foundation’s journey from a little to a lot

Richard Woo 11 November 2018

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) practices impact investing as a long game built on experiential learning, resilient risk-taking and the primacy of relationships. Contrary to the playbook of traditional investing, where the dominant values are …