Global trends in charitable giving — one step forward and two steps back

For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Adam Pickering (Charities Aid Foundation) compares positive and negative trends in global giving following the latest World Giving Index. “In the same way that democracy has value to society above and beyond the policies of the governments it elects, civil society should be about more than the outputs it produces.”

Investing in infrastructure — What really matters?

In this Alliance article from 2004, Andrew Milner sources organizations from around the world, putting into historical perspective the importance and evolution of philanthropy infrastructure. “Has the growth of this infrastructure kept pace with that of civil society? If not, what are its weaknesses? Alliance put these questions to a number civil society professionals in different regions and asked which elements had been important for the development of civil society in their part of the world.”