RE: Philanthropy Blog

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:09pm

Earthquakes rocked Ecuador, Japan, and Myanmar this past weekend, affecting thousands, and reminding all of us how vulnerable communities are to external disaster shocks. There are several opportunities for philanthropy to respond.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 2:08pm

Suzanne E. Siskel is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Asia Foundation.

On November 8, 2015, millions in Myanmar went to the polls to cast their votes – many for the first or second time in their lives – for members of the Union Parliament as well as for the 14 state and region parliaments. After decades of military rule, this marked the country’s first election in which all political parties participated, and on March 15, the new Parliament elected the new president, Htin Kyaw. To bridge this crucial voter information gap, The Asia Foundation turned to Myanmar’s small but rapidly growing tech community. On September 12, just two months before elections, more than 130 developers and designers in 30 teams entered the MaePaySoh Hack Challenge, a competition to create mobile and web applications that are user-friendly, fun, and full of essential information for voters about the general elections.

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 9:09am

Vikki Spruill

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to not only address challenges in developing countries, but also to make progress on many of the same challenges that persist in ‘developed’ countries.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:32pm

Natalie Ross

Last Friday, a string of terror attacks took place across Paris, killing more than 130 people on a warm, lively Friday evening. The day before, a double suicide bomb attack killed more than 40 people and wounded 200 more in a market in South Beirut. These attacks happened the same week as a bomb at a funeral in Baghdad killed 18 and a Russian airliner killed 224 on board after crashing near Sinai, Egypt.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 1:56pm

Katherine La Beau

Over the last two years, the Council has been actively engaging with the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as they have taken steps that could shift the global regulatory environment for cross-border philanthropy. Recently, there have been three important developments in the Council's work with FATF.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:47am

Natalie Ross

Community philanthropy is a field in expansion throughout the world – the number of community philanthropy organizations has more than doubled between 2000 and 2014. Among the several elements driving this growth, is the work of foundations and philanthropy infrastructure organizations serving the field, providing services, as well as generating knowledge and resources. WINGS latest report, Infrastructure in Focus: A Special Look at Organizations Serving Community Philanthropy, found a relationship between the availability of support in a country and the growth of community philanthropy organizations.

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:50pm

Daniel Lee

For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is inundated with reports. My swelling “to-read” pile is the root cause of seemingly intractable clutter in my office.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:31pm

Andrew Ho

The EDGE Funders Alliance Just Giving conference in Washington DC, 21-23 May, brought together some 250 donors, activists and allies on the theme of ‘What is to be done? And how do we do it?’ Participants enjoyed a casual yet focused environment to gain a deeper understanding of the current landscape of grassroots and transnational initiatives addressing structural injustice, and to explore grantmaking strategies for making an impact.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:38pm

Blistering sunlight broils our small group as we gingerly perch around the edges of the raised bed our hosts have set out for us in front of their hut in Godha Village. We’ve come to visit a few of the 100 ultra-poor women in rural Uttar Pradesh recently employed by our local partner, a social-venture dairy firm called Samridhi Agri Products.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:27pm

I enjoyed presenting at a great session, “Small Grants, Big Difference,” during last week’s Council on Foundations Annual Conference with Daniel Tillias of Pax Christi Sakala in Haiti; Kate Ahern of the Case Foundation; and Monica LaBiche Brown of Water for People. It was great that 75 or more people came to our session because they think small grants are important. I think it’s the beginning of a movement.