25 years in philanthropy: Alliance magazine’s 100th issue

We’ve just published the 100th issue of Alliance. It forms the centrepiece of Alliance‘s 25th anniversary year, and I’m naturally proud we’ve reached this milestone while finding new ways to be relevant and inspiring to readers. Working in the non-profit media, that’s not something we take for granted. We think our success – and resilience – is down to hard work, robust editorial judgement, progressive funding and most of all, placing our readers at the heart of global philanthropy.

There are so many outstanding contributions in our special 100 page, 100th issue, that it’s hard to know what to highlight and possibly invidious to single out any one contribution.

But here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • Results of our readers’ poll of the most impactful foundations and initiatives over the last 25 years
  • Reflections on key trends from philanthro-capitalism to community philanthropy, the movement to shift power, and discussion about trust based philanthropy and core funding
  • Thoughts from veteran practitioners on what they know now as they look back on their career in philanthropy
  • Views from leading philanthropists on what’s needed over the next 25 years for the field to fulfil its potential
  • A mini-series of articles focusing on philanthropy’s contradictions and legitimacy in an era of growing wealth inequality hearing from defenders, critics and reforming voices

We also publish a powerful piece from a dedicated group of 25 year olds – philanthropy practitioners born in 1996 – the same year as Alliance – who share hopes and dreams for the future. 

The issue includes comment from our founding editor and board members of Alliance Publishing Trust, some critique of our editorial direction and a layout of plans for the future growth and development of Alliance. And, finally, the issue ends with a spread thanking funders for the backing and support which has helped make it all possible.

We’ll be holding a celebratory event at the Aga Khan Foundation in London on 16th September. Please do consider registering for the livestream so you can watch from where you are.

I hope you enjoy the anniversary issue in this special year for the Alliance community.


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