U.S. foundation funding for philanthropic infrastructure outside the U.S. is declining, but we need a strong global philanthropy support ecosystem now more than ever

by Larry McGill, Vice President for Knowledge Services at Foundation Center Earlier this month, the Foundation Center published a report detailing the latest available data on U.S. foundation funding for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure. The research spans twelve years and analyzes 21,148 infrastructure-related grants made by 881 funders to 511 organizations in 30 countries. What…

Philanthropy In India Report Sparks Questions…And Opportunity

Philanthropy In India Report Sparks Questions…And Opportunity

Recently, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, in association with Alliance magazine, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), and the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University, released a highly anticipated thought piece on the emerging philanthropic sector in India, one of the largest and most rapidly changing countries in the world. The report, a…

DivestInvest Philanthropy Guide

DivestInvest Philanthropy Guide

Australia is a small country by many standards.  But as the world’s single largest exporter of coal – in the minds of those who are tackling dangerous global climate change – Australia is a superpower. That’s why it makes perfect sense that the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) has produced the DivestInvest Philanthropy Guide, a…

Finally! A Global (Data) Language!

Finally! A Global (Data) Language!

Trying to get global consensus on anything is nearly impossible. But in collaboration with a dynamic cohort of individuals and organizations, we’ve managed to develop a new manifesto with respect to the structure and sharing of data about global philanthropy that is valued across contexts. Meet the new Global Data Charter. Philanthropy, and more broadly,…

Global Philanthropy Data Charter- Community Chest Case Study

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector’s data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter was launched at our recent meeting in Cartagena and we will make it available to everyone next month. Complimenting the Charter are 4 case studies from our members- as…

Shazia Amjad – PCP’s new report on “The State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan”

A strong civil society depends, along with other things, on a strong culture of giving. In fact, developing a strong culture of giving is one of the most important agendas for organizations supporting philanthropy. According to the most recent study from WINGS about the global philanthropy infrastructure, 74% of survey respondents give high priority to…

Evaluating the Impact of Mondelez’ Behealthy Programme in Russia

CAF Russia recently published a report on the Social Return Of Investment (SROI) of their programme with Mondelez International Foundation. This report articulates the social impact of the BeHealthy Charitable Programme funded by Mondelez International Foundation using (SROI) methodology. It also provides conclusions and recommendations aimed at increasing social impact created by the Programme. This SROI analysis not only proved…

The State of Arab Philanthropy and the Case for Change

Naila Farouky from the Arab Foundations Forum has just published a fantastic article in the Development in Practice Journal – an abstract below. The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) has spent the past two years studying the landscape in which the forum functions. AFF, as a membership-based network of philanthropic foundations based in and/or working in the Arab…

Change for the Audacious: A Doers’ Guide

We must and can do much better at addressing issues such as climate change, food sustainability, health, education, environmental degradation, and wealth creation. This book is for people working on these types of issues, with the perspective that we can create a future that is not just “sustainable”, but also flourishing. The challenge is not…

Effective Philanthropy: Another Take

Effective philanthropy: Another Take (edited and with an introduction by Caroline Hartnell and Andrew Milner) is a collection of 11 stories describing a philanthropic intervention against some form of injustice (socioeconomic and/or political) at a local, national or global scale. These stories are told through the lens of a grantmaker illuminating the sorts of considerations, dilemmas…

Think gender, do better

Akanksha Malhautra (Dasra) says making ‘gender’ a permanent fixture in decision-making “is about being strategic. This is good economics. Ultimately, taking a gender lens is about making the best use of limited resources to maximize impact.”