Blog Series: How the Philanthropy Pledge is Being Used by Global Funders

COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on philanthropy and the way it does business. In the wake of this global pandemic, foundations took immediate action to do more – pledging to support nonprofit partners, people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of the virus. As time prevails, this collective accountability effort continues to shift practices around the world and improve how foundations work with their nonprofit partners and respond in times of disaster.

However, foundations who work globally face unique challenges such as legal restrictions in both the US and abroad that make grantmaking a rigid process. Moreover, listening to and learning from communities thousands of miles away can be challenging, and providing general operating support is not always possible.

To highlight both the opportunities and the challenges global foundations face in shifting their practices, we are sharing blogs throughout the Fall from global funders who strive to do better despite the barriers.

Blog Posts

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 9:30am

By: Birger Stamperdahl

Earlier this year, the Council on Foundations issued a COVID-19 Call to Action to its community of domestic and international funders, asking foundations to provide unrestricted funding to grantee organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This call to action prompted a timely discussion with several of Give2Asia’s funding partners about the trade-offs of offering unrestricted funding generally. We continue to welcome these conversations and encourage funders and other intermediaries to consider whether general support grantmaking needs renewed focus as a best practice.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 11:20am

Megan Campbell

By: Megan Campbell

When the Council on Foundations published A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Commitment during COVID-19 in March, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early stages. Now, its impact has surpassed many of our worst fears, and an economic recession and long-standing racial injustices add to this moment of crisis. Foundations continue to strive to shift their practices across the world to improve how they work with their nonprofit partners and how to respond to crises. This blog explores how listening to communities can help global foundations respond to these challenging times, even those many miles removed from the communities they serve.