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Human Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Meeting Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

September 1, 2012

A report from the Bellagio Initiative: In 2011, over a period of six months, a number of leading figures came together in an ambitious exploration of the major challenges to and opportunities for protecting and promoting human wellbeing in the twenty-first century. A diverse group of policymakers, academics, opinion leaders, social entrepreneurs, activists, donors and practitioners from over 30 countries took part in a series of deliberations collectively called the 'Bellagio Initiative'. Its aim: to generate discussions and stimulate innovative thinking on how philanthropies and international development organisations might find ways to move forward together to better protect and promote human wellbeing in the twenty-first century.

Enabling environment and civic space; Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs

Risk and Philanthropy

May 1, 2012

This paper examines how risks in international development philanthropy are defined, assessed and managed. It reports the conclusions from a series of 27 interviews conducted with development philanthropists, philanthropic intermediaries, grant makers from leading international foundations and sector academics in April 2012. Those interviewed are working in more than 10 different countries across five continents, including Singapore, Brazil, the Netherlands, USA, UK, India, Russia, Kenya and Indonesia. It recommends ways through which risk in the support of development initiatives might be optimised. Our findings will be of interest to philanthropists, grantmakers and those they seek to benefit.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Transformative Innovations in African Philanthropy

November 1, 2011

This is a discussion of philanthropy in Africa in its many manifestations and how it seeks to address the promotion of wellbeing. Philanthropy and development are not new phenomena in Africa. Neither are they divorced from the questions of human wellbeing. For its part, philanthropy is intrinsically embedded in the life cycle of birth, life and death of many, if not all Africans. At any one given time, one is either a philanthropist or a recipient of one kind or another of benevolence. Though not a common or even user-friendly concept in Africa, philanthropy is a phenomenon perhaps best captured by the notions of 'solidarity and reciprocity' among Africans and some of the features that accompany relational building. As a result, therefore, culture and relation-building are central attributes in defining what philanthropy in the African context looks like.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Donor Commitment - What Is It, What Drives It and Why Does It Matter?

February 1, 2005

Profs Adrian Sargeant and Paul Farthing discuss their study on donor commitment in the United Kingdom. Most charities aim to have the maximum possible number of 'committed' givers on their donor database: those who agree to give on a regular basis through their bank. For charities, those donors tend to exhibit high retention rates, cost less in terms of ongoing communications, and therefore return a high lifetime value. However, recent findings show that the commitment of donors may not be for the long term. Working with five charities, the authors attempted to define and measure donor commitment, determine what drives it, and to identify the impact of commitment on perceived and actual donor loyalty. A key lesson is that a charity should look at the donors attitudes and actual behavior to assess a donor's commitment.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

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