Through an agreement with UK-based , PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles about global philanthropy.

Foundations at Scale

Foundations at Scale

Andrew Milner  |  May 3, 2018

What do foundations and donors mean when they talk about "scaling up" interventions? In the latest installment of our series, Alliance's Andrew Milner explains and shares some examples....

Asian Giving Circles Come of Age

Rob John  |  April 4, 2018

Giving circles are growing in popularity around the world, writes Rob John, and research suggests they are likely to play a significant role in shaping a new generation of donors....

Rules of the Road for Nonprofit Journalism Funding

Kevin Loker, Tom Rosenstiel  |  March 5, 2018

As the traditional advertising model for media continues to shrink, the role of philanthropic funding in journalism has never been more important — or problematic.... 

The Crisis of Civic Media

Bruce Sievers, Patrice Schneider  |  February 6, 2018

Rational public discourse is being subverted by a combination of technological and cultural forces, write Sievers and Schneider, resulting in a weakening of civic media and posing a grave threat to democracy itself....

The Media Philanthropy Space in 2017

Eric Karstens  |  January 3, 2018

Philanthropies now support media and journalism to a spectacular degree — some $1.3 billion annually between 2011 and 2015, notes media consultant Eric Karstens, but there is room for foundations to do even more....

Supporting Independent Media in an Age of Misinformation

James Deane  |  December 5, 2017

Independent media is under attack, writes James Deane, director of policy and research at BBC Media Action, and greater information sharing, strategic dialogue, and commitment to mutual understanding is needed if we hope to successfully address the threat....

The World Has Changed. Why Can't Philanthropy?

Karisia Gichuke  |  November 3, 2017

The world has changed and societies are becoming more diverse, writes Karisia Gichuke, but philanthropy is responding neither quickly nor effectively to these developments....

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Charles Keidan  |  October 3, 2017

Cash transfers account for less than 5 percent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly, to suggest they are effective. The platform's co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Alliance editor Charles Keidan how cash transfers work and dispells some of the myths surrounding the approach....

From Diversity to Representation — A Road Map for Foundations

From Diversity to Representation — A Road Map for Foundations

Jenny Oppenheimer  |  September 6, 2017

As the space for progressive values continues to shrink, it is up to foundations to make sure their values are fully reflected in the composition of their senior management teams and boards, argues Ariadne's Jenny Oppenheimer.... 

Foundations Should Be More Transparent But Payouts Are Not the Answer

Paul Ramsbottom  |  August 2, 2017

The lack of new foundations — not the size of mandatory payout rates — should be the issue that concerns us, writes the Wolfson Foundation's Paul Ramsbottom....

Philanthropic Solidarity: Now More Than Ever

Jason Franklin  |  July 6, 2017

Solidaire's Jason Franklin argues that philanthropic solidarity demands that, beyond the dollars they give, funders must use their voices, networks, and access to support social justice movements....

Keeping the 'Open Society' Open

Janis Emmanouilidis  |  June 5, 2017

The increasing polarization of our societies plays into the hands of radical populists, making the work of civil society organizations committed to the values of "open society" more important than ever, writes the European Policy Centre's Janis Emmanouilidis....

Philanthropy's Deliberate Leaders: The Story of the ClimateWorks Foundation

Gayle Peterson  |  May 16, 2017

In these difficult times, it is critical for philanthropy to live its values, share what it knows, and demonstrate that openness is the cornerstone of strong and just societies, writes Gayle Peterson, senior managing director at PFC Social Impact Advisors....

Philanthropy Scholarship and Practice — Bridging the Divide

Marta Rey García  |  May 3, 2017

In the latest installment of our [email protected] series, the University of A Coruna's Marta Rey García asks, Can the emerging field of philanthropy scholarship provide value for policy and practice?...

Why Political Science Should Study Organized Philanthropy

Theda Skocpol  |  April 4, 2017

Inequality, declining democratic accountability, and partisan polarization are at the forefront of cutting-edge political science, writes Harvard's Skocpol, but none of these phenomena can be fully understood without bringing organized philanthropy into the analysis.... 

Why We Need to Talk About Payouts

Angela Kail  |  March 7, 2017

Unless a foundation or trust is permanently endowed, writes London-based New Philanthropy Capital's Angela Kail, its payout shouldn't simply be a function of the return it earns on its investments....

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Cathy Pharoah  |  February 2, 2017

Efforts to impose higher mandatory payout rates on foundations are misguided, writes Cathy Pharoah, not least because they would put at risk foundations' capacity to be proactive and respond to needs in flexible ways....

Should Philanthropy Help People Leave?

Timothy Ogden  |  January 4, 2017

If foundations are to be "America's passing gear," writes Alliance contributing editor Timothy Ogden, perhaps it's time they adopted a more radical approach to helping poor people in failing communities....