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Social investment & social enterprise

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 …

How has global philanthropy changed month by month? Looking back at spring 2020

Social Innovation Exchange 30 April 2021

Throughout 2021, SIX will be sharing our tracking and interrogation of how the discourse around philanthropy has shifted, or not, after the profoundly impactful events of 2020. We are looking for themes that have been …

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 …

Social Innovation in Central & Eastern Europe: Why we should all go back to the Future – but this time with impact

Bistra Kumbaroska and Christina Forster 15 March 2021

27 January 2021 was a striking day for us. On that day, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and University of Chicago scientists issued an update to the famous …

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 …

How has global philanthropy changed month by month?

Social Innovation Exchange 3 March 2021

Over the coming months, SIX will be sharing our tracking and interrogation of how the discourse around philanthropy has shifted, or not, after the profoundly impactful events of 2020. We are looking for themes that …

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 …