In his book, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, Charles Dickens wrote that ‘It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times’; and as ever the Chinese have a proverb (some say a curse) – ‘May you live in interesting times’, but our lecture title today – ‘The Role of Philanthropy in Difficult Times’ undoubtedly has a resonance with Barry [Gaberman] given his many years of thoughtful and insightful contribution to global philanthropy. Difficult times are invariably complex and bring with them both challenges and opportunities. So my optimistic sub-text today is the question
Sithie Subanhaniya Tiruchelvam, the founder of the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT), an indigenous philanthropic organization based in Sri Lanka, passed away in Colombo on 22 March at the age of 69 following a brief illness. Writing a tribute to Sithie Tiruchelvam is not an easy task as Sithie was an intensely private person. Yet her public achievements, particularly her numerous contributions to social justice causes in her role as the founder of NTT, have to be shared.
We were very sad to learn that Sri Lankan rights activist, and noted member of the Foundations for Peace Network and the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network passed away. Learn more here.
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.