I edit Alliance, the quarterly magazine and website specialising in global philanthropy. As philanthropy becomes an increasingly potent private force for public good, Alliance‘s mission is to give philanthropy the attention and scrutiny it deserves to help it do the most good. We do this by holding up a mirror to the field and creating a space for practitioners to debate the key issues.
Between 2004 and 2012, I was the first employee and went on to direct the London-based 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. At the foundation, I worked closely with Trevor Pears, the philanthropist and executive chair, to develop the family’s philanthropic vision, strategic partnerships and programmes and run the foundation’s day-to-day operations. During my time at Pears, I was known for developing a strategic approach to philanthropy and a willingness to take risks most notably in the context of our work on 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 with Bruce Sievers, 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, Rebecca Steinfeld, I lead the UK-wide campaign to make civil partnerships available to different sex couples.
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