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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.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Sharing Data Responsibility : A Conversation Guide for Funders

October 1, 2018

This guide is based on research conducted by The Engine Room and Ariadne, with contributions from 360Giving, between March-October 2018. The project was supported by Digital Impact (part of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University).  It is useful for funders who want to improve their data management practices and are looking for resources to help as well as (human rights) funders or grantmakers worldwide who want to treat data about their grantees responsibly, but do not always know where to start.The publishers of that guide believe that funders need to start with clear, open conversations with grantees and other funders about how they collect and share data. This document, based on inputs from more than 40 human rights funders, aims to help funders have these conversations. It lists common questions that grantees and funders might ask, combined with advice and resources to help answer them. Its content is organised around three elements of the grantmaking lifecycle: data collection, data storage, and data sharing.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Knowledge and Data Management

An Introduction to Funding Journalism and Media

September 1, 2018

Donors working around the world are concerned about the threat posed by closing space, including intensified threats against freedom of expression and information, and media freedom. This compounds the crisis that the field of journalism – a critical pillar of open, democratic societies – is already facing worldwide. At the same time, the technical and financial barriers to entry into the journalism field have never been lower, and the opportunities to innovate and have impact with journalism have in many ways never been greater. Against this backdrop, the journalism field is increasingly turning to philanthropy for support, including to human rights, social change and transparency donors. This book aims to help funders boost their understanding of the key issues, debates and approaches in funding journalism and media.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Journalism and Media

Seeking an Inclusive Europe : Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia

February 1, 2017

This report intends to respond to ongoing discrimination and increasing violence and the need for greater cultural understanding, inclusion, and equity in Europe. It enables foundations active in addressing bias and promoting social change and rights across Europe to understand their grantmaking priorities in the context of the larger funder community. For foundations that want to become active, it offers numerous examples of approaches funders are taking to address these issues.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A Practical Starting Point for Funders - Revised Ed.

May 1, 2016

The aim of this report is to give funders and members of civil society a practical starting point for thinking about possible approaches for working together to contest the closing space for civil society. Many already have or are planning initiatives in this field. This report shares the perspectives of numerous donors, civil society representatives, and experts engaged with this issue and offers ways of aligning work moving forward. The report also offers links to resources on specific aspects of closing space.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

2016 Ariadne Forecast: For European Social Change and Human Rights Funders

March 10, 2016

The Ariadne Forecast is a community created resource. Ariadne is a flexible network of more than 550 funders in 25 countries. Ariadne participants and other friends of the network, were asked six questions about trends in their field for 2016. More than 140 funders, including, for the first time, members of the Assifero and ACRI networks in Italy, and Admical in France, submitted written answers. In Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Hungary and the UK, 20 grant-makers of differing seniority and interests were interviewed at greater length. In January and early February, we held forecast meetings for funders in Brussels, Paris, London and The Hague to discuss and add to the findings. At each of those meetings 2 senior meteorologists, who have deep experience of the sector, were invited to assess the trends uncovered so far and add their judgment. These meetings and the discussion at them were private, but the final forecast is publicly available for all, as a reflection on the sector.From this input the Ariadne team has distilled an overall forecast, looking at trends globally, as well as at European and national levels. This year we are delighted to add France and Italy to the UK and The Netherlands in the country analyses.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A Practical Starting Point for Funders

January 26, 2016

The aim of this report is to give funders and members of civil society a practical starting point for thinking about possible approaches for working together to contest the closing space for civil society. Many already have or are planning initiatives in this field. This report shares the perspectives of numerous donors, civil society representatives, and experts engaged with this issue and offers ways of aligning work moving forward. The report also offers links to resources on specific aspects of closing space.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

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