Discussion & Debate / Grantmaking Practice

We need to talk about the P word

Originally appearing in the Daily Maverick, Nicolette Naylor, Regional Representative for the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, talks philanthropy, power, and lessons for peer funders. As I attend yet another celebration of a “fabulous” year where we all did such “excellent” work in saving lives and doing good, I feel mildly suffocated by all the … Continue reading

Discussion & Debate / IHRFG Events

Should human rights funds just say no to corporate alliances?

This post originally appeared on Alliance magazine’s blog. Read more from IHRFG’s conference here. Without a doubt, the highpoint of the IHRFG conference 14-15 July in New York City was a formal live debate – unfortunately a rare form of discourse at philanthropy conferences. The resolution under discussion: ‘human rights advocates should not ally with … Continue reading

Discussion & Debate / Human Rights Community

In a Family Foundation, Trying to Make a Bigger Difference

By Michael Hirschhorn, President, Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation – This post originally appeared on PhilanthroFiles, Exponent Philanthropy’s blog, as part of an ongoing series on the ins and outs of funding human rights as a small foundation. In our family foundation, advancing human rights has become an increasingly central strategy, both for our grantmaking … Continue reading

Collaborative Funding / Discussion & Debate / Grantmaking Practice

Philanthropy Debates Its Role

Contributed by Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy-  This article originally appeared on Exponent Philanthropy’s PhilanthroFiles blog on Nov. 7, 2014.  Debates about philanthropy’s role have heated up since the 1980s, as the federal government cut taxes and support for many social programs, a series of recessions battered the economy, and economic hardship deepened and expanded. In this … Continue reading

Discussion & Debate / Human Rights Community / IHRFG Events

In Focus: IHRFG at 20

Contributed by Sarah Tansey, Program Associate, Membership and Communications, IHRFG – Happy new year, and happy anniversary! The International Human Rights Funders Group turns 20 in 2014. My own tenure with IHRFG has been comparatively brief. I joined the team in March 2013, after working with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in Washington, DC and … Continue reading