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Systems change

New resource launched for systems change funders

Alliance magazine 12 December 2019

The report “Philanthropy, Systems & Change” brings together stories and tools from philanthropists, academics and practitioners based in Australia, UK, Canada, Germany and US. Authored by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and supported by Perpetual, the Paul Ramsay Foundation …


Stars to steer by

David Bonbright 3 December 2019 For Subscribers

New destinations require new navigational tools. Four very different books from within the ‘social change’ profession highlight the complexities of achieving systemic transformation of the current economic and political orders  A significant reassessment of our …


An elegant blueprint: How an ecological paradigm can advance transformative justice

Kiley Arroyo 14 November 2019

‘People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier, which narrows …

Rigid regulatory and legal frameworks keeping Canadian philanthropy behind the curve

Caroline Bergeron 11 November 2019

The certificate in philanthropic management of the Université de Montréal has partnered up with PhiLab in launching the 2019-20 academic year with a public conference. Hilary Pearson, CEO and president of Philanthropic Foundations Canada from 2001 to 2019, …

Time to modernise dated definition of philanthropy to reflect new Canadian reality?

Katherine MacDonald 10 November 2019

Amidst the many activities happening to launch the 2019-2020 academic year, the Certificate in Philanthropic Management of Université de Montréal paired up with PhiLab to add their own event to the mix: a conference led …

European foundations commit $13 million to tackle planet and climate crisis

Charles Keidan and Andrew Milner 22 October 2019

Four of Europe’s leading foundations tackling climate change have committed $13 million (€11.6 million) of funding to advance work to protect the ‘global commons’ – the areas and ecosystems of our planet on which we …

Debate sparked between MEPs and philanthropists on Idea of single market philanthropy

Alliance magazine 10 October 2019

Members of European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee and stakeholders from philanthropy, recently discussed creating a European space for donors and fostering cross-border giving, solidarity and civil …

Civic Innovation Programme to strengthen democracy in Northern Ireland

Alliance magazine 28 September 2019

The Community Foundation in Northern Ireland gathered philanthropists from charities and other voluntary organisations to take part in their Civic Innovation Programme. The aim was to spur on innovative ideas in an effort to strengthen …

Co-Impact releases handbook to guide current and potential partners

Alliance magazine 18 September 2019

Co-Impact, the global collaborative for systems change, recently introduced a Handbook seeking to achieve three goals: the internal use of the Handbook as a shepherd of their work, usefulness to funders in encompassing Co-Impact’s contribution …

Systems change must come in from the margins

Katie Boswell 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

I enjoyed Julian Corner’s lead article on systems change and philanthropy (Alliance, March 2019). It’s great to see a funder engaging with their place in the system and calling out the paradoxes in ‘seeking to …