Barry Knight and Jenny Hodgson have written an excellent framing article for the current issue of Alliance Magazine, describing the important role of grantmaking as a tool for social change. They open by saying, "Increasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism and, most recently, ‘catalytic philanthropy’ have all made claims for greater effectiveness."
The full text of the article is available on the Alliance Magazine website here.
by Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez
Arts and cultural activism is a key tool to transform attitudes in society and cultivate acceptance for marginalized communities. Creative in nature, arts and cultural activism often enables policy changes that seed new realities and lived experiences, and provides sustainable long-term solutions to human rights challenges.
I with my colleague Meera, I have been running a 3-year fund-raising campaign named the “Sampanna (fulfilling) Campaign” (April 2011 – March 2014) for Tewa - Nepal Women’s Fund which has a goal to raise US $ 900000. Within this campaign, we built an equally ambitious plan of raising at least a US $ 100000 from fellow Nepalis living in Nepal. Besides raising money, the campaign has many other facets of infrastructure building, promoting, and managing. Soon coming to a close, we can say that the Sampanna Camppaign will meet more than what we initially set out to do.
Join Alliance Maagzine for a Webinar on January 14 from 10:30AM-12PM EST
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Increasingly, grantmaking is being dismissed as a serious strategy for achieving social change, with the real business being done by venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, and most recently catalytic philanthropy. This webinar roundtable will bring together proponents/practitioners of different approaches to philanthropy to look at grantmaking as a strategy for achieving social change – not as the strategy, the truth, but as one of a number of approaches that funders can use.
Taking part will be:
• Matthew Bishop, co-author of Philanthrocapitalism
• Kathleen Cravero, Oak Foundation, Switzerland
• Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, US
• Avila Kilmurray, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, UK
• Rana Kotan, Sabanci Foundation, Turkey
• Mark Kramer, FSG, US
• Bongi Mkhabela, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, South Africa
By Rita Thapa
In my last blog I argued that philanthropy has no direct relation with wealth.
Now, I want to recognize and emphasize how wealth has, can be, and needs to be used to leverage for societal transformation – for social justice, equity, and for peace. All over the world, the discerning good among the endowed have used their wealth for the well being of the larger good depending on their then felt/seen needs grounded in their own contexts.