Blog

Our team members regularly share their ideas and thoughts on topics and issues we are working on. This does not happen in regular intervals, but whenever we feel that we have something to say.

Reading Recommendations for December

Our last reading recommendations in 2018 give an overview on global corporate giving, present the latest numbers on European venture philanthropy, explain how a partnership between corporations and NGOs succeed and warn about cyber-security risks for foundations. Enjoy!

Read more

Reading Recommendations for November

Our reading recommendations for November inform about the current state of philanthropy in Europe, the opportunities of employee engagement for social purpose organisations and give an update on climate change. Enjoy!

Read more

Reading Recommendations for October

For this month’s reading we have compiled a list of articles which cover the positive effects and opportunities of corporate philanthropic engagement and the findings of the second "Goalkeepers Report" by the Gates Foundation. Enjoy!

Read more

Workplace Giving – generating social and corporate added value through staff donations
by Konstantin Schottenhamel

Employees in the US annually make more than four million US dollars in donations via their workplace. In the UK, Australia and other English-speaking countries, ‘workplace giving’ – also known as ‘employee giving’ – is very common. The basic idea is fairly simple ...

Read more

Reading Recommendations for September

The reading recommendations for September provide ideas on how to restore trust in democracy, how private foundations handle transparency and offer insider perspectives on the philanthropic sector. Enjoy!

Read more

5 Lessons from German Philanthropy

by James Law, Director, Partner & Relationship Development, from GrantBook

Following our joint workshop on Digital Strategy at Deutscher StiftungsTag in May 2018, James Law outlined his learnings.

GrantBook is a team of philanthropy solutions advisors enabling foundations and their networks to catalyze high-impact philanthropy by connecting people, technology, and insights. Founded in 2012, GrantBook’s team of 15 professionals from diverse backgrounds, passionate about social impact and knowledgeable about 150+ software tools, serve as trusted advisors and partners to grantmakers (including private & community foundations, grantmaking nonprofits, corporate philanthropists, and impact investors). The team believes that focusing on effectiveness, efficiency, and empathy within the philanthropic sector is a powerful tool for effecting transformative social change. GrantBook is based in Toronto, Ontario and is a certified B-Corp.

Read more

Reading Recommendations for July

Among this month’s recommendations: an analysis of Giving USA 2018 report,  articles on responsibility of businesses  for civil society, on how to combat ageism, and on the transformative power of having everyone at a school understand and endorse family engagement as a core strategy. Enjoy!

Read more

Reading Recommendations for June

For this month we found stimulating articles on the predictability of the relations between non-profit organizations and their donors, the importance of community foundations for achieving the SGDs, SDG data sets on global philanthropic investments aligned to the distinct SDGs, and a single European market for philanthropy. Enjoy!

Read more

Why support external evaluation?

In the NGO sector, projects are rarely evaluated by an independent organization. This is often due to the fact that grant makers do not generally provide funds for external evaluation. However, the investment is mutually beneficial for both the grantee and the grant maker. In this blog Anna Wolf shares an example  from our consulting work with Mondelēz International Foundation, the foundation of the Mondelēz Food Company.

Read more

Why Beyond Philanthropy?

Marten Runge supported us for the past four months as an intern at Beyond Philanthropy. In this blog entry, he shares his reasons for choosing  us for his internship.

Read more

Companies have to rethink their role in society

The study “MEHRWERT²”, jointly developed by Beyond Philanthropy and Social Impact, was published in September. In his blogpost, Maximilian Grimm describes the relevance and implications of new approaches to corporate social innovation.

Read more

Transparency – a missed opportunity for (corporate) foundations

Regarding  the non-profit sector, transparency has always been an important topic. In this blog post, Anne-Sophie Oehrlein explains why the lack of transparency is particularly remarkable when it comes to (corporate) foundations.

Read more

Do we need an empathy machine?

Some approaches use Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality to promote empathy. In her blogpost, Gabriele Störmann displays exemplary projects and asks herself whether using machines is the right thing to do in order to teach empathy.

Read More

In Between Different Worlds – My Internship at Beyond Philanthropy

Eva Schneider supported us for the last three months as intern at Beyond Philanthropy. In this blog entry, she shares her experiences with you and describes what it's like to be an intern in our office.

Read More

How do foundations gather knowledge?

In April, our colleague Lea shares her thoughts on how foundations gather knowledge. The simple answer: They exchange knowledge with other foundations.

Read more

6 QUESTIONS FOR THE CKX PHILANTHROPY FELLOW

Read this interview with Beyond Philanthropy’s Managing Director Michael Alberg-Seberich to find out more about his fellowship in Canada and his research plans for the upcoming six months in Toronto.

Read more

THE IMPACT MEASUREMENT CONUNDRUM

Michael Alberg-Seberich, Beyond Philanthropy’s Managing Director, shares his experience with impact measurement in Germany's Third Sector. Michael wrote this blog entry as CKX Canadian Philanthropy Fellow in Toronto.

Read more
Logo "Stiftung & Sponsoring"

Corporate Foundations as outdated institution?

In a critical blog in Stiftung&Sponsoring, Michael Alberg-Seberich and Maximilian Grimm challenge corporate foundations as appropriate tool to engage socially (German only).

Read more

Neighbors in Values: Philanthropy and Civil Society across Borders

Michael Alberg-Seberich and Diya Khanna analyse the role philanthropy is and should be playing in respect of migration.

Read more

Reconciliation as a driver for engaged philanthropy

Michael Alberg-Seberich attended the Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) Conference 2016. In this blog entry he recaps his impressions of this event from an outsider's perspective.

Read more

Suddenly Mainstream: Philanthropy for Refugees in Germany

Michael Alberg-Seberich and Isabell Bleienheuft publish their take on the CEP Blog.

Read more
Förderwettbewerbe: Ausschreibungen erfolgreich planen und durchführen (German only)

Förderwettbewerbe: Ausschreibungen erfolgreich planen und durchführen (German only)

Gabriele Stoermann and Julia Roehrich contribute to a publication by Bertelsmann Stiftung on planning and managing tender offers.
Publisher: Bertelsmann Stiftung

Read more
Impact Investing Vermögen wirkungsorientiert anlegen – ein Praxishandbuch (German only)

Impact Investing Vermögen wirkungsorientiert anlegen – ein Praxishandbuch (German only)

Fabian Suwanprateep contributes a book chapter on Schneider Electric’s CSR activities to show how Corporate Impact Investing can be successful Link to buy book.

Read more
Observations from the EVPA Conference 2015: The Role of Corporates in Venture Philanthropy (English only)

Observations from the EVPA Conference 2015: The Role of Corporates in Venture Philanthropy (English only)

Fabian Suwanprateep writes on Alliance Magazine about growing interest of corporates in the field of venture philanthropy.

Read more
Germany`s foundation day – the largest gathering of foundations in Europe

Germany`s foundation day – the largest gathering of foundations in Europe

Julia Röhrich gives an insider perspective on the German foundation day in Leipzig

Read more