About

I edit 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.

Between 2004 and 2012, I was the executive director of the Pears Foundation, one of the UK’s largest philanthropies known for a reflective approach and commitment to good philanthropic practice – something which continues to this day. I worked closely with the executive chair, Trevor Pears, to develop the Pears family’s philanthropic vision, strategic partnerships and day-to-day operations. During my time at Pears, I was known for my strategic approach to philanthropy and for a willingness to take risks most notably in relation to our portfolio of work in the Israeli-Palestinian context.

On sabbatical in 2013-14 at Stanford University’s Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School, I co-taught a political science and ethics class, in which students distributed $100,000 to charitable causes and published a seminal study of philanthropy education in Europe mapping the countries, institutions and disciplines in which philanthropy is taught. The study was credited with contributing to a rising tide of academic interest in philanthropy and a stimulus to further teaching and research. This effort was complemented in March 2017 with a special feature in Alliance on bridging the divide between philanthropy scholars and practitioners.

In a personal capacity, together with my partner, Dr Rebecca Steinfeld, I lead the national campaign and legal effort to extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.

I tweet @charleskeidan

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