‘You Can Go to College: It’s Not Just a Promise, It’s the Law’

By Sarah Bahn and Andrew Milner    In 1989, the US state of Louisiana passed a law that all children who achieve certain academic standards should be allowed to go to college regardless of their parents’ ability to pay.  This was the culmination of four years of campaigning by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, led by businessman…

Just Published – Effective Philanthropy: Another Take

The Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace is thrilled to share with you Effective Philanthropy: Another Take, 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. Each story addresses seven key questions grantmakers wrestle with in order to…

Chair in African Philanthropy at the Wits Business School

Just over month ago, the Wits Business School announced collaboration with the Southern Africa Trust to establish a first for the continent– an academic Chair in African Philanthropy.   With many years of embedding ahead, in March an inaugural seminar grounded the Chair in Philanthropy with a pan-African focus and mandate.  This event showed that knowledge…

“Al Mulhem in Social Justice”

Authored by Hania Aswad, Naseej Foundation: www.naseej-cyd.org Link for file (in Arabic): http://www.naseej-cyd.org/uploads/files/resources1/almulhem-in-social-justice.pdf In English, ‘Al Mulhem’ means ‘the Inspirer’.  While it serves as an inspiring ‘training and work implementation’ guide (not manual), it also aims at reaching out to the larger CSOs world of practitioners and activists, NGOs, philanthropists and donors, interested in applying social justice…

The Global Summit on Community Philanthropy- Why you should be excited

Earlier this year the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy announced a landmark event in the field of Philanthropy – the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, to be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Summit marks an important moment in the field of philanthropy – a…

A field comes of age! Announcing the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, Johannesburg, 1 – 2 December 2016

This post first appaered on the Global Fund for Community Foundations blog on November 13, 2015 A lot can change in a decade. In December 2004, a gathering in chilly Berlin marked an important moment for the global community foundation movement. 162 people – practitioners, funders, researchers – from over 30 countries came together for…

What Can Community Philanthropy Offer a Europe of Refugees?

This post first appeared on the website of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. At a meeting of community foundation representatives from across Europe, Jasna Jasarevic, from the Tuzla Community Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reminded us that although her country was not a transit area for refugees, Bosnians were experienced in responding to emergencies. “We can…

United Palestinian Appeal: Example of a Solidarity Donor?

This article was first published in Arabic by Al-Adab. I met Saleem Zaru, Executive Director of United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), under the strangest of circumstances. UPA had published an appeal to raise money for my friend Nureddin Amro, whose home was partially demolished by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem on March 31, 2015. As a frequent…

Strategy Testing: An Innovative Approach to Monitoring Highly Flexible Aid Programs

The attached new Asia Foundation paper describes an exciting new monitoring system developed by The Asia Foundation called Strategy Testing (ST). “ST was developed to track programs that are addressing complex development problems through a highly iterative, adaptive ‘searching’ approach. Traditional monitoring methods are designed to track progress in linear, largely pre-planned projects where the…