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Understanding and Improving the Global Practice of Philanthropy

By Alliance Magazine


Online and United Kingdom

Date & time

01 July 2020



01 July 2020

About this event

Wednesday 1 July / 16:00 – 17:00 CET
(Check your local time here)

Alliance magazine is hosting a 1-hour, free webinar on UNDERSTANDING AND IMPROVING THE GLOBAL PRACTICE OF PHILANTHROPY on 1 July 2020.

In the last decade, new philanthropy centres have emerged in Asia, Africa and Europe and the world’s first school of philanthropy opened in the US in 2013. But who and what is behind this growth? How can these centres help practitioners make the fullest possible contribution to solving social problems in countries where institutional philanthropy is rapidly emerging?

To mark the establishment of a new Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, this webinar will discuss the potential impact of philanthropy within and from the world’s fastest growing regions.

Hear from:

  • Badr Jafar – Founding patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and President of Crescent Petroleum, United Arab Emirates
  • Naina Batra – CEO of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)
  • Bhekinkosi Moyo – Executive Director of the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits Business School, Wits University, South Africa and former director of the Southern Africa Trust
  • Clare Woodcraft – Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Charles Keidan – (Moderator) Editor of Alliance magazine and lead author of a research paper on Philanthropy education at European Universities

Topics will include:

  • Can philanthropists in high-growth countries prevent the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being thrown off course?
  • Will the aftermath of COVID-19 change the economic models of philanthropy?
  • Why is strategic philanthropy* in the Gulf, Asia and Africa so important to solving the world’s most challenging issues?
  • What needs should be prioritised and what actionable research, knowledge and convenings should universities provide to meet this need?
  • Should philanthropic funding influence the location and direction of research and teaching on philanthropy?
  • How does the study of philanthropy relate to the study of sustainable investment, social entrepreneurship, non-profit management and civil society in general?
  • What added value can business schools offer to provide solutions to problems through research and teaching?
  • Are scholars free to be critical of past and present philanthropists?

* For the purposes of this discussion, we are using CSP’s definition of strategic philanthropy as ‘any form of impact-driven giving that is evidence-based and uses creative planning, agile execution and diligent follow-through in order to achieve intended results. It encompasses a wide range of practices from traditional grant making through to newer models for generating impact such as venture philanthropy’.



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