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Philanthropy As A Platform For Civic Leadership

Philanthropy As A Platform For Civic Leadership

Philanthropy often is the tie that binds communities together. From city to city, state to state, country to country, the vast majority of people benefit from andor participate in philanthropy. The true power of philanthropy, however, lies beyond the art and practice of grantmaking and is tied up with its ability — and responsibility — to equip […]

A Philanthropist Drills Down to Discover Why Programs Work

A Philanthropist Drills Down to Discover Why Programs Work

PHILANTHROPISTS have poured millions of dollars into improving education in the United States — paying for new buildings, buying new computers and even creating new charter schools. Susan Crown, a member of the billionaire Crown family of Chicago, is trying something different. Two years ago, she began working with organizations that seek to foster character […]

Prince, the Secret Philanthropist: ‘His Cause Was Humanity’

Prince, the Secret Philanthropist: ‘His Cause Was Humanity’

It began with an anonymous check about 10 years ago. Environmental and human rights activist Van Jones was working on George W. Bush’s Green Jobs Act when he received a $50,000 donation and no name attached to it. “I promptly returned it,” he recalls. “I’m not taking anonymous checks for $50,000. It could be from […]

The Art of Saying No as a Philanthropist

The Art of Saying No as a Philanthropist

  SOMETIMES the hardest part of being a philanthropist is saying no — particularly if the request comes from worthy organizations or equally well-heeled friends. “We start from a place of empathy,” said Susan Wolf Ditkoff, partner and co-head of the philanthropy practice at the Bridgespan Group, a consultancy. “It’s hard to say no to […]

Ethiopia Increases Emergency Drought Appeal As Hunger Spreads.

Ethiopia Increases Emergency Drought Appeal As Hunger Spreads.

Ethiopia’s government and aid agency leaders are revising upwards their joint $1.4 billion appeal for more than 10 million people hit by the country’s worst drought in 50 years. “Surges in humanitarian needs are already registered since… December,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. “Considering the reported spike in need, […]

Africa and the art of giving: a fresh breed is doing an old thing in new inspiring ways

Africa and the art of giving: a fresh breed is doing an old thing in new inspiring ways

The Wits Business School and the Southern Africa Trust last month announced the establishment of an academic chair in African Philanthropy at the university. The initiative creates a research, academic and teaching focus around philanthropy and its role within African societies, but it also brings the continent’s experience and resources more firmly into its own development agenda. African […]

If we want water for everyone, we’re going to have to pay for it

If we want water for everyone, we’re going to have to pay for it

More than 800 children die each day from diarrhoea. About 663 million people still use water contaminated by human waste and other pollutants. And roughly 2.4 billion people still lack access to a basic toilet. Open defecation presents a major, avoidable public health hazard. Women and girls living in communities that lack basic facilities live […]

How Billionaires Use Non-Profits to Bypass Governments and Force Their Agendas on Humanity

How Billionaires Use Non-Profits to Bypass Governments and Force Their Agendas on Humanity

As wealth becomes concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the billionaire class is increasingly turning to foundations and non-profits to enact the change they would like to see in the world. Amid the rise of philanthrocapitalism, growing numbers of critics are raising serious questions about whether this outsized influence is doing more harm than good. […]

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

Food Aid to Run Out in Ethiopia Unless Donors Step in, Says Charity

“The international community has just three weeks to provide $245 million in emergency food aid to help prevent a potentially catastrophic escalation in severe acute malnutrition (SAM) cases…” it said in a statement. “If these emergency funds do not arrive in time, there is no question that there will be a critical fracture in the […]

Senegal: About 200 Billion CFA F Received from the Kuwait Fund Since the 1970s.

Senegal: About 200 Billion CFA F Received from the Kuwait Fund Since the 1970s.

Senegal is the first recipient of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in West Africa. From the 1970s to the present day, Kuwait grant to Senegal is estimated at about 200 Billion CFA F. A critical source of funding that has been used for the funding of projects in the agricultural, livestock, infrastructure, […]