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…

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…

A New Era for Philanthropy?

By Maria Amalia Souza, CASA Socio-Environmental Fund If you are a social actor from the Global South, you may have already asked yourself if conventional philanthropy isn’t possibly missing the beat of changes in our societies.   While the field has undoubtedly been key to helping develop important elements of the social movements in our…

Reimagining Digital Platforms: Funding Pluralism and Inclusion

By Aleem Walji,  former CEO Aga Khan Foundation, senior leadership roles within the World Bank’s Innovation Lab and Google.org. Current and past Board roles include Board of Trustees, USAID ACVFA, Interaction Board of Governors   and Radhika Shah, CoPresident Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Advisor SDG Philanthropy Platform and Illumen Capital,  Board member, Center for Effective Global…

Climate change, disasters, and what philanthropy can do

By Ayesha Marfatia The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reminded us that ‘universal challenges’ are experienced differently, based on context. The varying demographics, systems, and administrative structures in each nation have resulted in distinctive experiences and challenges while grappling with the fallout from the crisis. Within countries too, the experience is not homogeneous—people and…

(Re) Imagining WINGSForum

By Maurice Makoloo, East Africa Director at Ford Foundation and Chair of WINGSForum 2020, Stigmata Tenga, Executive Director of WINGSForum co-host the Africa Philanthropy Network, and Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director of WINGS.   In his novel “Things Fall Apart”, renowned African writer Chinua Achebe tells the story of Eneke the bird which said that because…

European policy responses for philanthropy and civil society: How are governments reacting in the light of the COVID-19 crisis?

By Michael Mapstone, Director of International, CAF It is vital that governments recognise and value the crucial role of civil society and philanthropy in the immediate response to the Coronavirus crisis and for the rebuilding efforts that will be needed. Currently, governments are responding to the crisis in various ways, on the national and EU-level,…

Philanthropic landscape of Nepal

By Rewati Raman Dhakal, Founder and CEO, Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development (NCPD) Synopsis of the Philanthropic Landscape of Nepal: Individuals, foundations, private sectors, Diasporas and I/NGOs are actively engaging in philanthropy in Nepal. However, the efforts are not adequate to subdue the serious problems caused by the decade-long arms conflict, earthquake, COVID 19…

Local Action for Global Good – why and how to embrace the SDGs

By Dr. James Magowan, Co-ordinating Director, European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) The Covid-19 pandemic has served to highlight global connectedness and interdependence while also demonstrating through lockdowns the significance of local action. As the crisis unfolded it exposed deep-rooted inequalities that exist in societies around the globe, heightened awareness about the fragility of global systems,…