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From analogue civil society to digital civil society – what does this mean for philanthropy?

Digital transformation has profound effects on the protagonists of the civil society. Lucy Bernholz, a researcher at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, points out its consequences for civil society and foundations. To her, democracy will not be able to benefit unless digitalization empowers civic players to become powerful counterparts to the state and the private sector.

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Public Crowdfunding in the Jewish district in Budapest

The Hungarian foundation Gyökerek és Szárnyák Alapítvány has organized public crowdfunding events for a year and a half. In May 2019, three projects met their funding targets and thus the association Parola (handshake), families in need, and a bakery run by Roma women received funding. 

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Agenda 2030, goal 16: foundations started to contribute on sustainable development

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda describes in its vision that sustainable development requires democracy, good governance and the rule of law. All over the world, this goal is being actively pursued, including by foundations. 

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Strengthening local development by social enterprise in Kenya

The Siemens Stiftung has founded WE!Hub Victoria Ltd. (WeTu) in Kenya. Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Siemens Stiftung, explains in this interview how the social enterprise intends to develop sustainable solutions and structures for drinking water and energy supply, as well as e-mobility solutions.

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A call for a braver philanthropy!

Interview with Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmakers Support (WINGS) 

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Future-fit philanthropy: why philanthropic organisations will need foresight to leave lasting legacies of change

All philanthropic organisations exist to change the world, or at least a part of it. They are distinguished by their level of ambition – and by their optimism. But that makes them particularly susceptible to the radical uncertainties of our fast-changing world.

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DAFNE and EFC present Philanthropy Manifesto with demands and promises

In just over 60 days, Europe will elect a new parliament. The paths ahead diverge perhaps like never before. The idea of a united, social Europe of citizens needs all the help it can get.

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Ranking Nonsense

Everybody loves rankings. Let's admit it, they attract clicks likephotos of cats. A few days ago, I followed the clickbait to a ranking of the world's largest foundations. Among them: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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"It has become really easy to engage without organisations"

How do future generations engage? We put this question – which also concerns German foundations – to Derrick Feldmann, one of the leading experts in that field.

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What’s next in the foundation and philanthropy sector?

Our first few hypotheses are: it will be more global, more transparent, more participatory, more collaborative, more digital, and more entrepreneurial; and there will be larger investment.

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