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Australian National Community Foundation Forum: the ‘SMIRF’ capital of community foundations

Alliance magazine 24 October 2017

Alliance is proud to have been part of the media coverage for this year’s Australian National Community Foundation Forum, in Melbourne, Australia. We provided coverage of the event from: Ben Rodgers, Executive Officer at the Inner North Community Foundation, Australia. …


Alliance Breakfast Club – Philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Jacob Beck 17 October 2017

Last week’s Alliance Breakfast Club, held at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in London, discussed philanthropy’s diversity issues, a central focus of the September issue of Alliance magazine, guest edited by Sumitra Misha and Angela Seay. The role …


Alliance Audio – The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Alliance magazine 19 September 2017

Welcome to the third Alliance Audio. This is the latest in a new series debating key issues in philanthropy with guests from across the foundation world. In this podcast Alliance editor Charles Keidan hosts a discussion with Dr …

Nothing about us without us – philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay 5 September 2017

This issue of Alliance investigates philanthropy’s diversity predicament. How can philanthropy do the most good if it doesn’t reflect the society it seeks to serve? Our guest editors, Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay, ask some hard …

Foundations have public responsibilities – it’s time to improve their governance 

Sachin Sachdeva 5 September 2017

Most grantmaking organizations in India are registered as trusts and their governance is vested in a small group of people who are either friends or family of the founder. To date, this approach has not been contested. There was an underlying acceptance of the fact …

Philanthropy reflects the elites not the streets 

Charles Keidan 5 September 2017

‘Nothing about us without us’ was a slogan coined by disability rights activists to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected. Many working in philanthropy would …

Finding the right path: One funder network’s journey toward racial justice

Denise Shannon and Cynthia Steele 22 August 2017

Almost three years ago, Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE), a network of dozens of large, medium and small foundations, began a journey to place racial justice at the centre of our principles, programmes and practices. …

Keep on, keeping on: resilient philanthropy in Turkey

Filiz Bikmen 15 August 2017

Istanbul, Turkey, 15 August 2017 Resilience is a popular term these days; explored in classrooms with children, in camps with refugees, and with executives in corporations. The search for the perfect recipe continues. Dr Lester Salamon, …

Interview: Maurice Makoloo of the Ford Foundation

Alliance magazine 1 August 2017

When it comes to relations between civil society and business, it’s not a straightforward case of angels versus demons, says Maurice Makoloo, the regional director of the Ford Foundation in eastern Africa. What stops them …

The needle has swung the wrong way: it’s time for India’s philanthropy reckoning

Amitabh Behar 18 July 2017

Philanthropy needs and deserves more debate, critical thinking and scrutiny. The Philanthropy Thinker – a new online column launching in Alliance today –aims to offer perspectives from some of the best and brightest philanthropy practitioners …