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14 05, 2019

Philanthropy as ‘Sisyphus’


Ylvisaker, in his speech to the 1976 International Conference on Opportunities for Philanthropy, argued that doing philanthropy is akin to being Sisyphus: 'What philanthropy and [...]

Philanthropy as ‘Sisyphus’2019-06-03T20:23:58+01:00
24 12, 2018

Philanthropy as ‘love’


Given that the earliest image of philanthropy is associated with Prometheus' love of humanity, what better image to finish with on the 24th of December [...]

Philanthropy as ‘love’2018-12-03T21:09:32+00:00
23 12, 2018

Foundations – ‘black holes’ vs ‘supernovas’


The last couple of years have seen substantial developments around learning, information management and sharing of knowledge in philanthropy. Today's image of philanthropy accentuates the [...]

Foundations – ‘black holes’ vs ‘supernovas’2018-12-03T21:27:09+00:00
22 12, 2018

Community foundations as ‘a very large tent’


Today’s image of philanthropy comes from a panel discussion on the role of community foundations and regional associations of grantmakers in the US. Dorothy Reynolds, [...]

Community foundations as ‘a very large tent’2018-12-20T10:02:18+00:00
21 12, 2018

Trusts as ‘underground rivers’


Today's image of philanthropy raises questions about the visibility and understanding of foundations and their activities. As Anthony Sampson stated: 'the great family trusts are [...]

Trusts as ‘underground rivers’2018-12-20T10:07:50+00:00
20 12, 2018

Starting a foundation? Think ‘porcupine’


Today’s image of philanthropy highlights that starting a foundations might be easier than figuring out what to do with it: “[S]tarting a family foundation is [...]

Starting a foundation? Think ‘porcupine’2018-12-03T21:13:35+00:00
19 12, 2018

Foundations as ‘astronomical objects’


The direct and indirect influence that larger foundations might have on their wider context is picked up in today’s image of philanthropy: “[F]oundations are like [...]

Foundations as ‘astronomical objects’2018-12-03T17:33:24+00:00
18 12, 2018

Community foundations as ‘amoebae’


Today’s image of philanthropy could be applied to different foundation sectors across the globe. However, it is taken from the European Community Foundation Initiative’s Guide [...]

Community foundations as ‘amoebae’2018-12-17T13:24:35+00:00
17 12, 2018

Philanthropy as ‘a pebble in a pond’


Today’s image of philanthropy focuses on philanthropy’s potential to act as a catalyst and create far reaching ‘ripples’. This is nicely illustrated by the idea [...]

Philanthropy as ‘a pebble in a pond’2018-12-03T16:45:43+00:00
16 12, 2018

Foundation executives as ‘artful jugglers’


Managing a foundation is a complex task. This is highlighted in today’s image of philanthropy. Examining foundation CEOs’ tasks, activities and requirements, Fay Twersky, Director [...]

Foundation executives as ‘artful jugglers’2018-12-16T10:24:37+00:00