Monthly Archives: June 2017

Solidarity – more in common

Our new issue is out. Read it here http://www.alliancemagazine.org/magazine/issue/june-2017/

‘We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.’

These were the words of Jo Cox in her maiden speech to the UK Parliament on 3 June 2015. On 16 June 2016, just over one year later, Cox was murdered on her way to a meeting in her constituency.

This issue’s special feature, guest edited by King Baudouin Foundation’s Stefan Schäfers, explores the complex and sensitive relationship between philanthropy and solidarity. Schäfers argues that to maintain our shared humanity and common bonds we must acknowledge that solidarity ‘is used in different contexts, by different people and for different reasons’ and our language of solidarity must adapt to these realities. 

In a powerful joint statement, foundation associations in the US, Canada, Brazil and the UK come together to write about what they have in common and how they are creating space for their members to navigate the issues of the day. 

This issue is dedicated to the family and friends of Jo Cox, and to all those who aspire to live up to philanthropy’s ideals – to love humanity – who continue to show that we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.