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‘Audacious Project’ Announces Grants Totaling $406 Million

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‘Audacious Project’ Announces Grants Totaling $406 Million

The Audacious Project, a philanthropic collaborative launched earlier this month by TED, a nonprofit devoted "to ideas worth spreading," has announced grants totaling $406 million to seven initiatives

Leap Update: Performance for the Poorest

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Leap Update: Performance for the Poorest

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco-based Mulago Foundation, which supports mostly early-stage organizations on the frontlines of poverty alleviation. We suspect the foundation will let the milestone pass with little or no fanfare. While we admire the foundation's desire to avoid patting itself on the back, we believe it deserves widespread recognition.

Interviews

Interview with Etienne Eichenberger

Etienne Eichenberger, Chairman of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, is sharing with us on one hand his insights on the state of philanthropy from not only a European, but also a global perspective. On the other hand, the Chairman addresses the priorities of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for the next 12 months.

Leap Update: When Matters

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Leap Update: When Matters

On February 8, the Winter Olympics will begin with the delivery of the first stone in a curling competition. During the 18 days of competition, many Olympic records are likely to fall, because the science and technology of sports performance continue to advance rapidly. Yes, even in curling.

Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds: serving communities since 1940

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Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds: serving communities since 1940

We met Johan H. van Beem, deputy director, and Thijs Tromp, board secretary, of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in Amsterdam and explored the grantmaking model and evolution of this historical Foundation in its first 78 years of activity

Leap Update: Up and Down the Elevator Five Times

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Leap Update: Up and Down the Elevator Five Times

Two decades ago, Fred Ali, the leader of a nonprofit serving homeless youth, walked into the lobby of an imposing downtown Los Angeles office tower and pressed the button for the 30th floor. He got out of the elevator and headed toward the office suite of the Weingart Foundation.

Unveiling Philanthropy: what it takes to produce meaningful social change

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Unveiling Philanthropy: what it takes to produce meaningful social change

Philanthropy is a risky business and most initiatives, when rigorously tested, do not prove effective. Our interview with Andy Ratcliffe, CEO of Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF), shows the way to funders to define their impact models in the search of greater effectiveness

The Dos and Dont’s of DAFs

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The Dos and Dont’s of DAFs

Donor-advised funds are a cost-effective, convenient and flexible estate planning tool, explains John Canady, CEO at National Philanthropic Trust UK

Corporates for social impact: the Kering Foundation’s strategy to combat violence against women

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Corporates for social impact: the Kering Foundation’s strategy to combat violence against women

In our interview with Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director of the Kering Corporate Foundation, we discuss the rationale underneath a philanthropic model able to align social change and business and highlight the Foundation’s perspectives and goals in Italy and abroad

Interview: Maurice Makoloo of the Ford Foundation

Interviews

Interview: Maurice Makoloo of the Ford Foundation

Alliance editor Charles Keidan interviews Maurice Makoloo, regional director of the Ford Foundation in eastern Africa, to discuss the relationship between civil society and the private sector, the need for investment in philanthropy infrastructure, and the Ford Foundation's commitment to combating inequality

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