Rethinking “Radical”: Change, Generosity, Imagination

By Asha Curran, CEO, GivingTuesday and WINGSForum 2020 Planning Committee member. As we approach the WINGSForum in a time of uncertainty and upheaval, how can we use this moment, and one another, to rethink, reframe, and refresh the work we do in the world?  Our sector often looks at generosity through a narrowly defined and…

Call to Action: Spreading Awareness of Changes to Foreign Funding Law in India (FCRA)

By Brian Kastner, Manager, Global Philanthropy at Council on Foundations and Natalie Ross, Vice President, Resource Development & Strategic Opportunities at Council on Foundations. New laws can significantly impact entire grantmaking portfolios overnight. That’s what happened on September 20, when the Indian parliament introduced new legislation amending the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), the law…

Arab Philanthropic Support To Digitalization: Is COVID-19 A Turning Point?

By Heba Abou Shnief, philanthropy specialist focusing on emerging economies and a CUNY Fellow. [1] As the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered and accelerated digital transformations across diverse sectors in both the private and public spheres, the question of whether it has had any impact on inducing Arab philanthropy programmatic support towards ‘digital solutions’ and ‘technology…

What will it take to prioritise climate change?

By Moutushi Sengupta, Head, India office, John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation. India ranks third in terms of absolute levels of carbon emissions after China and the United States. In a business as usual scenario, by 2030, emission levels are predicted to reach more than 4.4 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GTCO2) equivalent of greenhouse gas—up from 3 GTCO2…

A guide for philanthropists

By Deepali Khanna, Managing Director of the Asia Regional Office of The Rockefeller Foundation COVID-19 is undoubtedly the most defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest global humanitarian challenge the world has faced since the Second World War—both in terms of the toll it has taken on human life and well-being, and…

Reimagining our world via distributed AI – Leaving No One Behind

By Radhika Shah, Advisor, SDG Philanthropy Platform, Co-President Stanford Angels & Entrepreneur; Prof. David Cheriton, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Investor, and Prof. Ken Birman, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, Entrepreneur, Investor. A Unique moment in time offers opportunity to Reimagine our world  “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of…

The fragility and precarity of civil society

By Noha El-Mikawy, Regional Director, and Yara Shawky, Program Associate, Ford Foundation Middle East and North Africa office. The ability to organize, speak up, and engage is critical if underrepresented groups are to influence decisions that affect them and to hold governments and the private sector to account.  As Benjamin Bellegy argued in the “Fit…

Why unions can make effective philanthropic support organisations: the example of France Générosités.

By Laurence Lepetit, Chief Executive Officer, France générosités.  France générosités was established in 1998 at the initiative of non-profit organizations and foundations, such as Fondation de France, the Red Cross, Greenpeace, Caritas, and Pasteur Institute to promote and develop charitable giving in France. Today this union comprises of over 100 of the main French non-profits…

Increasing the value of civil society membership organizations

By Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Global Philanthropy Advisor Civil society membership associations were made for times like these. Shining bright these past six months, they’ve heroically grabbed their members’ hands and illuminated pathways forward. They’ve helped members navigate the pandemic and prepare for recovery, offering real-time learning, sharing best practices, creating rapid-response funds, soliciting critical information through…

How has the Ukrainian third sector changed in 2020?

By Eugenia Mazurenko, CEO, Zagoriy Foundation. Online meetings, innovative charitable tools, creative approach, and digitalization. The third sector adopts commercial problem-solving approaches and tries to use the crisis as an impetus to qualitative changes.   NGOs compete with the commercial sector not for money but for people’s attention. In other words, charity workers invest all available…

Philanthropy must mobilize itself to help trailblaze a new global digital cooperation paradigm in the age of AI

By Nicolas Miailhe, Founder & President, The Future Society Harnessing responsible AI for sustainable development  On June 11, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released his Roadmap on Digital Cooperation. The roadmap builds upon the recommendations outlined in the report from the High-Level Panel Guterres had appointed last year co-Chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma. At…

Unleashed in lockdown: Generosity during COVID in Uganda

By Jacqueline Asiimwe, CEO, CivSource Africa. Like most countries around the world, when news of the coronavirus pandemic came through, Uganda went into a total lockdown. All except essential workers were disallowed on the streets. This was an unprecedented crisis and the government needed a lot of support to address the pandemic. The government quickly…

An interview with Magdalena Aninat, Founding Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Investments at Adolfo Ibáñez University’s School of Government

  You recently published a comparative analysis of the Legal Framework for Donation and compared Chile with other countries in Latin America and several OECD countries. To get us started into the topic, which are the pillars that compose a general legal framework? A legal framework for donations that is inclusive must follow two principles:…

Transparency, engagement, and building back better

By Emma Hutchins, Policy and External Affairs Manager, Association of Charitable Foundations. Does the origin of wealth matter when it comes to philanthropic giving? This question has been debated in philanthropy for centuries, but is currently under a global spotlight. A few weeks ago, #BlackLivesMatter protestors in Bristol city centre pulled down the statue of…

Unlocking Change Requires a Systems Mindset

By Rose Berg, Chandler Foundation We began last year with the lowest record of extreme poverty in human history, and now, as COVID-19 exacerbates existing inequalities, it also threatens to push as many as 100 million people into extreme poverty. The pandemic has further exposed weaknesses and inequities in our systems and institutions. Funding has…

How African Philanthropy Responds in a Crisis

By Jan Schwier and Maddie Holland, Bridgespan Africa will likely not be spared from the public health and economic ravages of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But while the global community struggles to respond with timely aid and as funders focus on addressing the crisis in their own countries, homegrown sources of support have already sprung…

“Questions are the answer”. This is our time to shape the world we want- everyone can be a change maker.

By Carola Carazzone,  Secretary General of Assifero– Italian association of grant-making foundations, member of the advisory board of Ariadne– European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, DAFNE– Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, ECFI– European Community Foundation Initiative, Ashoka Italy and of the editorial board of Alliance magazine.   In a recent paper, “The…