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The Global Philanthropy Project was established in 2009 to increase funding for human rights of LGBTI people globally. GPP focuses on building the knowledge, skills and capacity of GPP members and other funders to enhance their effectiveness as grantmakers, and to increase the number of funders and amount of funding available across sectors to support LGBTI issues globally.

How do you learn how to give?

THE IDEX ACADEMY6-10 March 2016, Sonoma, California

If you want to help usher in transformative social change, today's global challenges require your most ingenious thi

The Refugee Crisis- What’s happening in philanthropy?

An earlier version of this article was first shared on September 15, 2015. It has since then been updated to include the latest information and we will attempt to continue to update the information as work progresses. Do keep checking in.

Recent pictures have brought to light the seriousness of the refugee crisis in Europe. Many actors in the philanthropy sector are quickly mobilising to gather and share information, make sense of whats going on, identify work on the ground that foundations can support and think about the best role (both immidiately and in the long run) that the philanthropic community can play.

There are atleast three initiatives currently where foundations can participate, contribute and benefit:


The first edition of SYRIA – BEYOND WAR is now out! Read it here
SYRIA – BEYOND WAR is a newsletter commissioned by swisspeace and NOREF to disseminate information regarding peacebuilding activities in relation to Syria to interested parties on a quarterly basis.

If you wish to have your activities featured in our upcoming newsletter, or have any feedback, please contact Yosra Nagui at

This is a pilot copy, if you wish to subscribe to receive future newsletters (four times a year), please click here.

Trust Africa Launches the African Giving Knowledge Base

Trust Africa and IssueLab, a service of the US‐based Foundation Center have launched an online database, which consolidates literature on African giving. It currently comprises of almost 800 documents and includes resources
 in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese, covering multiple countries and ranging from formal philanthropic literature to writings on local systems of solidarity.

The database comes at a critical time when social justice philanthropy practitioners on the continent have been pushing to take into account African giving systems in all their myriad forms, both formal and informal. Recent conversation in the field have asserted the need to look beyond the dominant northern based concepts in order to develop the agenda for African philanthropy.

Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize — Nominations deadline extended!

The closing date for nominations for the Third Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize has been extended to 30 April 2015.

The Prize of £5,000 is for an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries. The prize will be for the individual winner to use at their discretion. If you know someone who has been doing outstanding work in developing philanthropy, nominate them by clicking here.

The closing date for nominations is 30 April.

Click here for more information about the prize.

If you have any questions, contact


Alliance Magazine March 2015: 'Why should philanthropists fund the arts?'

Should philanthropists and foundations fund artists directly to create the art they want to make? Should they fund theatres and galleries to make art more available to more people? Should they fund only work that explicitly promotes social change? Or should they fund the arts ‘in their own right’ – whatever that means? 

These are the questions that run through all the articles and interviews in the March issue of Alliance.

Research published on attitudes to poverty in UK

The Society We Want, a report based on research commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust by leading pollster YouGov on attitudes to poverty in the UK has shown the qualities that people most treasured were social ones such as fairness, security, safety, freedom, compassion and tolerance. Economic indicators mattered far less.

Click here to download the report.

From a list of 17 key components of a good society identified in pilot research, the highest economic indicator ‘well paid work’ was ranked sixth, while ‘prosperity’ came twelfth.

The research forms a key plank of the WMT`s report, launched on March 2, 2015 at a cross-party conference in central London, which responds to the question “what does a society without poverty look like?” Answers are drawn from population studies, a manifesto created by children and young people, and Trust-commissioned research projects.

The findings of this in-depth report are:

Workshop on Shrinking Space for Civil Society Berlin | June 11-12, 2015

In recent years, dozens of countries that previously permitted foreign funding have adopted new laws  in order to block cross-border funds, often with the excuse of protecting security, economic interests or public morality, or preserving sovereignty.

Funders are invited to take part in a one-and-a-half day Workshop on Shrinking Space for Civil Society on 11-12th June in Berlin. The event is organized by the International Human Rights Funders Group and co-sponsored by Ariadne and the European Foundation Centre. It include a Networking Dinner on the evening of Thursday the 11th of June, after the first half-day. 

The workshop will bring together views from Civil Society (with voices from the countries where restrictions are in place and where civil society has successfully contested restrictions), Expert Advisers to support funders, and, for part of the meeting, Government Representatives.   

Please contact Sarah Tansey at for more information.

This workshop is open only to grantmakers.

Conference: A Future Without Poverty March 2, 2015

Monday 2nd March, 10.30am - 5pm
Hallam Conference Centre