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2022 Ariadne Forecast For European Social Change and Human Rights Funders

March 18, 2022

As we enter 2022, social change and human rights funders across Europe are anticipating a transition from the lockdown cycles of the past two years to a period of reconnection. There is a strong desire to meet with peers and partners again, to bring together communities, and to breathe new life into plans that were put on hold while funders addressed the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In that sense, it feels like a year of possibilities, in which funders could push forward with bold new agendas.


Digitalization of the non-profit sector: readiness, barriers and effects

June 3, 2021

The goal of the study is to identify digital practices, key barriers and incentives for the digitalization of Russian NGOs. The objectives of the study are: form an inventory of digitalization practices amongst Russian NGOs and assess their prevalence; identify key barriers to digital adoption and integration in NGO operations, including in terms of staff digital competency and NGOs' resource capabilities; identify the existence and nature of the effects of digitalization practices on individual aspects of the organization; identify the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the digitalization of NGOs; compile an inventory of best digital practices for NGOs (including by organization size and activity area) anddevelop recommendations for digitalization of the non-profit sector.

Asia-Pacific; Data and technology, Information and Communications; Europe

2021 Ariadne Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders

March 1, 2021

To create the 2021 Ariadne Forecast, 275 Ariadne members and friends of the network filled in surveys, participated in interviews, and attended online forecast meetings to share their insights into trends in European social change and human rights philanthropy for 2021.The report looks at the challenges and opportunities this year might bring for grantees; how funder practice could change; which political events are likely to affect their work; what will become more important in the months ahead; and -- perhaps most importantly -- what to feel hopeful about. There are chapters on France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the UK, plus a broader, global focus.The challenges ahead may be great, but philanthropy can play a role in helping us overcome them.


An Analysis of the Application of Financial Action Task Force Recommendations and its Implication on Civil Society in Turkey

February 28, 2021

This information note sheds light on the policies and safeguards suggested by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against terrorist financing, money laundering, and financing of weapons of mass destruction and discusses theirimpact on civil society activities in Turkey. The Law on the Prevention of Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (hereinafter referred to as "the Law") which entered into force on December 31, 2020; aims to mitigate these risks and comply with the FATF principles; however, these new measures will severely restrict civic space and stifle the activities of civil society organizations (CSOs). This document focuses on anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) standards for civil society that were introduced by the FATF and analysis of the Law from the point of view of FATF Standards. It provides brief information about the FATF and mutual evaluation process, putting Turkey's membership to the FATF in perspective, and offering details of the Law and its analysis with regard to the FATF.  

Enabling environment and civic space; Europe

Charity in Times of Coronavirus

June 11, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic, in particular the strict lockdown, has affected every area of life in Ukraine. The charity is no exception. Did the charity stop during this period? Have charitable donations decreased? Who receives less help today, and who, on the contrary, benefits from increased help? Should we expect a reduction in the number of charitable initiatives when the lockdown is over?The nature and scale of the pandemic's impact on charity are best illustrated by the findings of a social survey initiated by Zagoriy Foundation within its Promoting the Culture of Charitable Giving in Ukraine program and conducted by the research company Socioinform in May this year. Representatives of 20 charitable organizations from all over Ukraine shared their thoughts on the changes taking place in charity and how their organizations feel through times of crisis.

Cultures of Giving; Europe

National policy responses for philanthropy and civil society across Europe in the context of COVID-19

May 1, 2020

This paper consolidates the major elements of a discussion on European governments' policy responses to supporting civil society and facilitating philanthropy and individual giving in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Enabling environment and civic space; Europe; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Future of Philanthropy: the Key Trends : Meta-analysis of Forecasts

January 1, 2020

This working paper has been prepared at the request of the Center for Philanthropy Development of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and offers a review of the key trends in global philanthropy development. It features and analyzes opinions of leading international experts and organizations of the philanthropic sector about factors, contexts and principles influencing philanthropy of the future, as well as cause-and-effect links between them. Better understanding of sector-wide and worldwide transformation processes would enable philanthropic organizations to use more informed approach to strategic target setting. The suggested vision of key development vectors in the sector may serve as a basis for further researches and professional discussions.

Europe; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Charitable Giving as Viewed by Ukrainians

November 30, 2019

The present report gives an overall analysis of charitable giving in Ukraine explaining the key trends and revealing bottlenecks as well as opportunities for potential growth. The research findings help understand how Ukrainians feel about charitable giving in general and charitable foundations in particular, and what practices appear to be the most successful these days. The report will reveal what drives Ukrainians in supporting others, what obstacles to participation in charitable giving are there, who requires help the most and what groups of people are mostly likely to receive support and how support is provided. The present research will enable charitable organisations to improve their working practices and gain trust and support to implement quality changes in the culture of giving in Ukraine.

Cultures of Giving; Europe

Foundations – A Good Deal For Society

July 1, 2019

This study investigates whether setting up a tax-exempt grant-making foundation pays off for society, or whether the process primarily provides tax breaks which ultimately benefit those who set up the foundation, without generating adequate added value for the public at large.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil

June 30, 2019

Individual giving in India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil is part of PSJP's Philanthropy Study. Previously the study has focused on producing a series of papers on philanthropy in four emerging market countries/regions – India, Russia, the Arab region and Brazil. These studies have taken a broad view of philanthropy, encompassing everything from individual giving (by the very wealthy and by people of more modest means, including crowdfunding) to giving by private and corporate foundations, CSR, community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy, self-funded movements and impact investing.The current paper looks at individual giving by ordinary people in these countries/ regions in more depth. Seen as an area of great promise in India and Russia, it is at an earlier stage in Brazil. In the Arab region giving to the social sector is barely making headway, though traditional giving is very much alive.

Europe; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean; Middle East

More than the Sum of its Parts: Insights on the Future of European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure

March 1, 2019

This study is based on an extensive literature review and more than 50 interviews with a broad specturm of foundation leaders, academic experts, EU officials, and staff of ESPII organizations. The results are like a health check up of our sector. They show that not everything is perfect in this system, a system that many of us have helped to shape over the last 25 years. We should make sure that the health indicators of the European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure are in good shape for the next 25 years. We need this infrastructure to represent our sector, to drive innovations and to increase in the impact of our work. The latter is very much connected to tackling some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Enabling environment and civic space; Europe; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

SIGN Network Manual for the Implementation of Standards for Fundaraising

January 1, 2019

SIGN Network Manual for the Implementation of Standards for Fundraising.

Europe; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

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