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The Philea Virtual Library includes over 1,000 free-to-download publications from a range of organisations and publishers on the topics of philanthropy, the management of foundations and the areas they are involved in and support. As a Philea member you can send us your publications for inclusion in the library which will also be added to the global IssueLab network where they will be made available to an extended audience, including users of Worldcat, the global catalogue used by tens of thousands of libraries. For questions or assistance, please contact the Philea Virtual Library.
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Foundation funding for climate change mitigation: Europe spotlight

October 12, 2021

This is the most comprehensive report ever published on philanthropic climate change mitigation funding in and from Europe. It draws on 6,230 grants, worth €1.8 billion ($2 billion), from 136 foundations across Europe.The funding trends analysed in this report will enable foundations to make improved data-driven decisions about future investments, civil society organizations to better understand where funding is going, and policymakers to arm themselves with data about gaps in public funding that the philanthropic sector might be filling, or what it may be missing.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

December 14, 2021

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

Introductory Note to Cultures of Giving Country Profiles

September 3, 2021

The Cultures of Giving working group started in January 2018. Its work is a continuation of a series of efforts underway since 2010 when WINGS published its report on global philanthropy. The main conclusion of that report was that global philanthropy is not the model that existed in some of the industrial countries and propagated through grantmaking to therest of the world, but a tapestry of practices from around the world that are diverse, with similarities and differences, and yet forms a rich mosaic of the practices reflecting local cultures and practices.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Social Aims of Finance: Rediscovering Varieties of Credit in Financial Archives

January 1, 2020

The papers included in this volume are a selection of those presented at a joint eabh and Fondazione 1563 conference in 2018 in Turin, Italy. The conference sought to expand upon research in the field of social responsibility and ethical finance and saw over 150 attendees examine the connections between banking and charity, ethics and profit and explore case studies of financial from across the world.Papers ranged from Italian Monte di Pietà in the Middle Ages to the recent advent of contemporary impact financing, from rural moneylenders in Western India to the mutualism of French agricultural credit, from the Swedish savings banks and the British building societies to the German and Dutch Raiffeisen banks, from Rothschild philanthropy to the public economic and social aspects of the Italian banking system, from the Spanish bank archives to those in Canada and South Africa. Each paper ends with a list of bibliographical references.

Finance and Investment; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

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.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Technology and Foundations; Venture Philanthropy

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.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Philanthropy's Reflective Practices

August 9, 2018

What do skilled philanthropy practitioners have in common? They are active learners about the fields, issues and places they support. That is their first discipline. And, they work at creating meaningful connections with grantees and others, especially when power imbalances, difficult conversations or differing viewpoints are at play. This is their second discipline. In this guide, you will find their stories about using four methods of reflective practice that can help you build what you bring to advancing change inside your foundation, with your grantees and other partners.

Administration and Management; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

The Water of Systems Change

June 4, 2018

Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most powerful conditions for change, while also turning the lens on themselves.Through defining the 6 conditions of systems change and highlighting organizations that are shifting systems, The Water of Systems Change explores:How systemic conditions perpetuate inequity and reinforce racism, sexism, or ableism;The critical need for foundations to focus on changing relationships and connections, power dynamics, and mental models in their work;How foundations can build the capacity to support systems change internally and externally.

Grantmaking and Programme Management; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity

September 18, 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving. It recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities. These include:-The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy-The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships-The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and-The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Atlantic Insights: Giving While Living

September 1, 2017

Written by journalist and philanthropy expert Heidi Waleson, the book explores Founder Charles "Chuck" Feeney's long-standing belief in "Giving While Living," the idea that people with wealth should use it during their lifetimes to help others. It also features other donors who have decided to devote the majority of their fortunes to philanthropy.For additional information: http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/news/new-book-explores-giving-while-living-approach-to-philanthropy 

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

EFC Research Forum Conference Report : Change-makers Enabling High-impact Research

September 1, 2017

"Change-makers – enabling high-impact research" highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2016 Research Forum conference, hosted by the Wellcome Trust in London. These include contributions from Peter Piot, the Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on learning lessons from epidemics; Ulrike Felt, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, on striking a balance between curiosity-driven research and research that has a clear impact on the public; as well as diverse case-studies from other foundations.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology

Frameworks for Private Foundations: A New Model for Impact

June 27, 2017

Philanthropy is evolving more quickly than ever with new societal challenges, new players, and new strategies. Funders are seeking to increase their effectiveness, and want clear, practical guidance for getting there. This GrantCraft leadership series paper produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.

Administration and Management; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

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