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Globalizing Philanthropy

Global philanthropy is a fast-changing field. In the United States, a new generation of donors are launching foundations and taking the reins at established institutions. In emerging markets, rising billionaires are using their wealth to address entrenched development challenges. Using the social technologies of a connected world, philanthropists are tapping new sources of capital and even reversing the flow of aid into developed economies. In this edition of Voices, distinguished experts and donors share new insights on global giving trends and propose solutions to barriers that inhibit individual philanthropy aimed at improving social outcomes.

Crowdsourcing philanthropy

Premal ShahPremal Shah

How online lending platforms can provide a leg up for the working poor.

Why philanthropy is R&D for business

Doug ConantDoug Conant

Much like R&D, targeted giving can help companies lay the groundwork for future commercial success.

Money for Life: Transforming the American Cancer Society

John SeffrinGreg Bontrager
John Seffrin and Greg Bontrager
American Cancer Society

Money for life: A conversation with the leaders of the American Cancer Society

Designing Indian philanthropy for impact

Ramesh MangaleswaranRamya Venkataraman
Ramesh Mangaleswaran and Ramya Venkataraman
McKinsey & Company

Evidence from India suggests that donors should align their interventions with the needs of a particular sector, through a demand-supply analysis. They should also consider prioritizing more indirect, capacity-building interventions.

How to unlock Arab philanthropy

Mahmoud El-GamalMahmoud El-Gamal
Rice University

To improve the climate for philanthropy in the Arab Middle East, it’s important to understand the essential humanism of the Abrahamic religious tradition.

Debunking the myths of why we give

Eric Michael JohnsonEric Michael Johnson
University of British Columbia

Contrary to standard economic theory, philanthropy is fundamentally driven by morality, not markets.

Can charity replace government?

Ken SternKen Stern
Palisades Media Ventures

As governments worldwide pull back on social sector spending, we’re seeing more calls for private philanthropy to fill the gap. It’s not that simple.

Three steps to smarter philanthropy

Tonika HirdmanTonika Hirdman
Fondation de Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, government and private bankers took three simple steps to unlock charitable giving.

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    Distinguished experts and donors share new insights on global giving trends and propose solutions to barriers that inhibit individual philanthropy aimed at improving social outcomes.

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