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Grantmaking Practice

What is Indie Philanthropy? IHRFG Interviews Kindle Project’s Indie Philanthropy Initiative

Interview with Arianne Shaffer, Communications Director, Kindle Project – What is Indie Philanthropy? Indie Philanthropy is a creative disruption to the status quo of funding. It gives a common name to decentralized, daring funding alternatives that together are poised to reshape the field of philanthropy. Some Indie Philanthropy practices have been around for decades, while … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / Women's Rights

In Focus: Relief, Rehabilitation, and Recovery: Responding to the Earthquakes in Nepal

Contributed by Sadhana Shrestha, Executive Director, Tewa – Nepal Women’s Fund – A devastating 7.9 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, followed by over 300 aftershocks. A month later, the people of Nepal are on the path to recovery. As of June 1, 2015, according to Humanitarian Data Index, 8,673 are reported … Continue reading

Human Rights Community / Human Rights Defenders

Call for nominations: 2015 Dutch Human Rights Tulip Award for HR Defenders

Shared by Teyo van der Schoot, Advisor, Human Rights, Hivos – Two weeks ago at the Berlin workshop on shrinking space for civil society, we discussed the need to continue to use the media, whenever possible and opportune, to visualize the work of human rights defenders in a positive way. In light of that, I … Continue reading

Closing Space for Civil Society / IHRFG Events

The Disabling Environment for Civil Society: reflection from an indigenous women’s fund in Croatia

This post originally appeared on Alliance Magazine’s blog. Space for civil society has been closing around the globe, with a noticeable rise in restrictive laws and attacks by state and non-state actors. In mid-June, Ariadne, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group convened an international group of funders for a two-day … Continue reading

Alliance-Building / Collaborative Funding

Funding in Conflict Zones: USIP Can Help

Contributed by Steve Riskin, Director, Funders Initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace- Organizations seeking to fund meaningful work in unstable regions can face daunting obstacles. How can a foundation or other philanthropist connect with effective, local peacebuilding organizations in an Iraq, an Afghanistan or a South Sudan? Amid uncertain and fluid dynamics in these settings, how … Continue reading

Alliance-Building / Collaborative Funding

Building Equity and Alignment for Impact: Upending Philanthropy’s Power Dynamics

Contributed by Angela Adrar, Programs & Communications Director, Rural Coalition, and BEA for Impact Weaver Co-Chair; and Samantha Harvey, Environment Program Officer, Overbrook Foundation and BEA for Impact Internal Support Team- Building Equity and Alignment for Impact (BEA for Impact) is a grassroots-led initiative built on equitable and active participation with large and mid-sized “green groups” … Continue reading

Advocacy / Collaborative Funding / Human Rights Community

A Million Ones: Building Local Support for LGBTI Rights in Africa

Contributed by Shekeshe Mokgosi, Public Engagement Manager, The Other Foundation- The Other Foundation is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. It works as both a grantmaker and a fundraiser to expand resources available to defend and advance … Continue reading