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The nature of capital and other threats to impact

Farahnaz Karim 2 June 2021

Human nature and its constructs Capitalism is arguably our triumphant ideology, a foundational construct that orders our lives and societies. It fuels an entire system where private profit (and ego) stimulates creativity, innovation, complex systems, …


Alwaleed Philanthropies launches programme to support Saudi female artists

Alliance magazine 15 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s Alwaleed Philanthropies has launched a new programme that will support female artists. The programme, Mizwada, is a partnership between the funder and Teeb, a multi-disciplinary Saudi design and production company. Mizwada is a …


Donations, investments, and the uncharted territory in between

Rien van Gendt 7 May 2021

Donations are widely regarded as the core product of charitable foundations. This is how they see themselves, and how the outside world sees them. Most laws and regulations about philanthropy relate to donations, and media …

In Latin America, improving social and environmental impact

Carolina Suarez and Alan Wagenberg 12 April 2021

Poverty and inequality have been the common denominator in Latin America, and the pandemic has exacerbated these gaps causing greater strain to an already weak health and educational systems. The pandemic has revealed the consequences …

Scaling up: what’s it worth?

1 Amy McGoldrick 9 March 2021

Alliance recently held a webinar on ‘scaling up’ within the sector, sponsored by the H&S Davidson Trust. We were joined by a stellar set of panellists: Ann Mei Chang, a leading expert on social innovation …

How we can win the fight against health inequity

Stephanie Heckman and Mike Eisenstein 7 March 2021

The pandemic exposed health inequity and the consequences of living with overburdened healthcare systems. Whether it was lack of access to treatment in impoverished communities, lack of public trust, lack of access to critical medical …

Social enterprise success eases the healthcare gap

Hal Glasser 2 March 2021

On September 23, 2019, the UN issued its Declaration on Universal Health Coverage. Less than six months later, the global Covid pandemic began. The gap between the aspirations of the Declaration and reality are only …

Blended value: financial returns, SDG’s and gender in harmony

Rien van Gendt 22 February 2021

How enlightened would it be, if foundations were to use gender lens investing as one of their strategies to contribute to a more sustainable world? Philanthropy and sustainable investing should be natural allies with a …

Latimpacto launches first extensive study on social investments

Alliance magazine 22 February 2021

A new report from Latimpacto provides the first overview of investing for impact in Latin America, showcasing the region’s different actors, including impact investing funds, foundations, universities, business, family offices and their intermediaries. The study details …

Three in five wealthy Gulf families will shift to responsible investing

Alliance magazine 4 January 2021

Wealthy Gulf family groups, led by their younger members, are increasingly being coaxed toward more sustainable investing, found survey by Savanta published in a report from Barclays Private Bank. Fifty-nine per cent, or almost three …