Risk, return, and the philanthropy of buildings

Posted on 14 September 2015 | Tony Proscio Foundations' operations

Proposals to fund physical development projects tend to get a cold reception in philanthropy. Albie Sachs, former chief justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, recently wrote that reformers in his country long ago learned that they could attract international donations for programs, organisations, services, campaigns — “but never, ever buildings.” There are reasons to overcome […]

Philanthropy: shifting from measuring impact to pursuing relevance

Posted on 11 August 2015 | Pierre Calame Foundations' operations

This post originally appeared in French on the blog of Le Monde. The original article can be found here. All direct impact measurement methods should be abandoned in order to focus on research into what is relevant: Are foundations taking action where it is needed? Are they able to support and generate the people that […]

Crisis in Greece leads to a new paradigm in philanthropy

Posted on 4 August 2015 | Sotiris Laganopoulos EducationHuman rights, citizenship & democracySocio-economic development, poverty

Up until 2009, Greek philanthropic foundations’ priorities were mainly education, culture, people with special needs, the protection of the environment and the improvement of medical treatment (medical equipment for hospitals, renovation of hospitals). Any funding related to welfare provision was mostly related to immigrants, drug users or victims of trafficking. The prevalence of populism in […]

The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing the Greek Crisis

Posted on 27 July 2015 | Andreas C. Dracopoulos Children & youthDisaster reliefDiversity, migration & social inclusionEmploymentFoundations' operationsSocio-economic development, poverty

What is philanthropy’s appropriate role in the midst of the Greek socioeconomic crisis? The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been trying to address this question since the beginning of the ongoing crisis. We have, so far, committed €300 million ($378 million) to grants in response to the crisis, thus bringing our total grant commitments in Greece […]

Perspectives on Arab & Global Philanthropy: Roles and Approaches

Posted on 17 July 2015 | Atallah Kuttab Foundations' operations

As a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at Robert Bosch Academy, I convened a consultative meeting on the 3rd and 4th of June on perspectives on Arab and Global Philanthropy: Roles and Approaches. The attendance spanned most regions of the world – the Arab region (mashreq or orient, gulf and west or maghreb), Africa, China, Latin […]

Life beyond trafficking: Lessons from investing in the re/integration of trafficked persons in the Balkans

Posted on 24 June 2015 | Fabrice de Kerchove Human rights, citizenship & democracy

Human trafficking continues to plague the Balkan region, taking many forms and claiming many victims. Addressing and combating human trafficking has been an issue of priority for the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) in Belgium for many years. Most recently this has been in supporting the re/integration of victims of trafficking in the Balkans. The Trafficking […]




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