About

I’m the editor of Alliance, the quarterly magazine and website specialising in global philanthropy. Alliance‘s mission is to help philanthropy do the most good by giving it the attention and scrutiny it deserves. We do this by holding up a mirror to the field and creating a space for leading philanthropy practitioners to debate the key issues, trends and developments.

Before that, I was the executive director of the Pears Foundation, one of the UK’s leading foundations known for its commitment to good philanthropic practice and a reflective approach rooted in trusting relationships with partners and grantees – something which continues to this day. For over a decade, I worked together with the executive chair, Trevor Pears, to develop the family’s philanthropic vision, partnerships and operations. I was known for my intellectual curiosity, strategic approach, sense of responsibility and willingness to take risks most notably in relation to our work in the Israeli-Palestinian context.

On sabbatical in 2013-14 at Stanford University’s Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society I co-taught a philanthropy class, rooted in political science and ethics, in which students distributed $100,000 to charitable causes. I also researched and published a detailed study of philanthropy education in Europe which was credited with contributing to a rising tide of academic interest in philanthropy and a stimulus to further teaching and research – a topic covered further in a 2017 special feature in Alliance.

In a personal capacity, I’ve led the campaign and legal effort to extend civil partnerships to different sex couples together with my partner, Rebecca Steinfeld, and the wider Equal Civil Partnerships community, which we helped to set up. In October 2018, the UK Prime Minister announced that the choice of a civil partnership would be made available to all couples following a landmark ruling in our case at the UK Supreme Court earlier in the same year.

I tweet @charleskeidan

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