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200+ interviews and case studies focused on driving forward the Global Sustainability Agenda. Guests include Paul Polman, David Lynch, Siya Kolisi, Cherie Blair, Bob Moritz, David Miliband and Julia Gillard. Hosted by Alberto Lidji, ex-Global CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation and Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School -- based at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy. Visit our knowledge hub at Lidji.org for personalised recommendations on the best episodes ...
 
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There is a robust body of research on 'what' donors fund. However, many questions around ‘how’ to fund need to be researched and explored more thoroughly. If you have $100 million available to fund a cause, do you give it all in one grant, do you make a handful of large grants or do you make a high number of small grants? In this episode we explore…
 
Peter Kaye AM ESM and Stephen De-Wint, CEOs of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia and Canada respectively, talk about the work of the Award locally and across more than 100 countries. They provide first-hand insight into how the Award embraces non-formal education and transforms lives. This broad conversation looks at diversit…
 
Mike Adamson is Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, an organisation with 4,000 employees, 15,000 volunteers and an annual income in 2022 of £400M. In this episode we explore the British Red Cross’ key focus areas, their roll in systems change and their approach to driving forward strategic partnerships. We also explore the importance of foste…
 
Nidhi Bhasin, CEO of the NASSCOM Foundation, joins us to talk about tech for good in India and initiatives to drive digital literacy. The NASSCOM Foundation is part of the NASSCOM ecosystem — the biggest industry body representing the tech industry in India. Much of their focus is on going deep into rural areas and reaching that ‘last mile’. Inclus…
 
This episode looks at modern-day slavery and we host Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund — a collaborative fund tackling slavery and human trafficking globally. Many people think of slavery as something from 200 years ago but, in reality, it is a serious problem plaguing our world today — not just in developing countries but in the UK and US as wel…
 
We discuss the power dynamics of Global North / Global South philanthropy and explore the Centre’s work and research. Shonali leads the Centre’s research agenda on philanthropy in global growth markets, specifically Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. She is an expert in global philanthropy for development, and her previous work focused on…
 
As we celebrate our 200th episode we bring you insights from Siya Kolisi, David Lynch, David Miliband, Paul Polman, Julia Gillard, Bob Moritz, Cherie Blair and Keith Barr. Let’s not be daunted by the scale of the challenge. Things are only unmanageable if we don’t manage them. We should find purpose and work for more than just ourselves. Thank you …
 
OutcomesX is transforming social impact into an investible asset. They’re creating the infrastructure to standardise, price, trade and verify social impact credits, and building a marketplace to buy and sell social outcomes. We explore their innovative work and also take a look at the disconnect between growth in ESG funds and stagnation in the dri…
 
Generation is a global non-profit supporting adults to achieve economic mobility; they provide training and placements into careers that individuals would normally find inaccessible. They operate in 16 countries across the globe, have helped more than 70,000 individuals and support those who are unemployed, underemployed or need to learn new skills…
 
This episode focuses on global conflict prevention and resolution and we are joined by Comfort Ero, President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. The International Crisis Group provides independent analysis and advice on how to prevent, resolve and better manage deadly conflict, combining field research, analysis and engagement with policyma…
 
On this episode, Dan Corry sheds light on the work of New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and we explore the impact agenda from a range of angles, including: (1) How does the impact agenda relate to trust-based philanthropy? (2) Is impact measurement is too top-down? (3) Are randomised control trials (RCTs) preferable to quicker, more iterative alternat…
 
We explore the merger between Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, which resulted in the creation of Asthma + Lung UK. We look at the pros and cons, the opportunities and the headaches that Sarah Woolnough has been coping with and driving forward as CEO of Asthma + Lung UK. Sarah provides a truly candid view and this episode is particularly u…
 
Thrive at Five supports parents and communities through collective action across the public, private and voluntary sectors, so every child reaches a good level of development at age five. Aida Cable brings a wealth of experience in the early childhood development space. Prior to joining Thrive at Five she worked at The Royal Foundation of the then …
 
Charity Navigator is an organisation that evaluates charities and provides in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health, accountability and transparency of 200,000 charities. They also facilitate the giving process. Charity Navigator is a household name for many leaders in the philanthropy and non-profit space. They have just la…
 
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by His Majesty King Charles III and a group of British Asian business leaders, to tackle widespread poverty, inequality and injustice in South Asia. Richard Hawkes sheds light on the work of the British Asian Trust, especially around development impact bonds across a range of thematic areas including skil…
 
Ewan is a philanthropist with a head for numbers and we look at the interaction between philanthropy and risk. The question: Is the world of philanthropy too risk averse? Ewan is the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Chairman of DeepTech Labs, and a Non-executive Director of BAE Systems. H…
 
The State of the World’s Girls 2022 Report has just been launched by Plan International and Mustafa Kudrati sheds light on its key findings. The report is focused on girls’ and young women’s political participation, based on a survey of close to 29,000 girls and young women ages 15-24 from 29 countries. How girls perceive their ability to participa…
 
MacKenzie Scott’s donation to VisionSpring is the largest single private donation helping to tackle the challenge of uncorrected blurry vision in the developing world. We look at VisionSpring's work and learn about the low levels of access to corrective eye glasses in the developing world and low-income segments. Ella Gudwin remarks: the market for…
 
Action Against Hunger is active in 51 countries, they have 8,000 staff and assist around 26 million people annually; their turnover is around half a billion euros. In the UK, they are part of the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee), which brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas.…
 
We hear from the Gates Foundation’s Dr Asyia Kazmi on what the state of global education looks like, the work they’re doing in tackling literacy and numeracy challenges, and why achieving our education targets for Sustainable Development Goal 4 is a solvable problem. If you are born in a high-income country, 9 out of 10 children can read by the age…
 
Shaady Salehi joins us from San Francisco to discuss the work of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and pretty much cover every angle around trust-based philanthropy. We hear of trust-based philanthropy’s origins, how the pandemic and racial reckoning helped thrust trust-based philanthropy into the spotlight, and we look at the different interpre…
 
In September 2022, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng was awarded the inaugural Africa Education Medal, awarded by T4 Education to “an outstanding individual who has demonstrated impact, leadership, and advocacy in the field of education”. Hear the truly remarkable personal and professional story of Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng -- overcoming great adversity in pov…
 
Nick Hanauer is one of the world’s most provocative thinkers about our society’s growing inequality, the dire consequences that increasing inequality creates for our democracies, and how to fix the system. An engaging conversation on income inequality that is full of economic and political arguments on the merits of increasing wages and ensuring in…
 
If you are keen on exploring the collaborative space within philanthropy and the broader sustainability agenda, this episode is for you. We explore collaborative networks, new voices from next generation philanthropists, identifying local leaders, building trust and the importance of listening. Synergos was founded in 1986 by Peggy Dulany and has s…
 
Charitable status within the independent / private school sector in Britain is one of the most emotionally-charged and contentious topics. Some private schools operate as registered charities while others do not. Alberto Lidji moderates a robust and civilised debate with Julie Robinson, CEO of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), and Francis Gree…
 
A wide-ranging conversation on the topic of domestic abuse. Hetti sheds light on sobering statistics, attitudes and behaviours and describes the challenges presented by COVID lockdowns and how new technologies are impacting the field. In England and Wales, around 2 women a week are killed by a current or former partner, and 1 in 4 women will experi…
 
The Veddis Foundation is based in India and is both a grant-maker and an operating foundation. They make unrestricted, multi-year grants and approach programs with a view to pilot, scale, institutionalise and exit. They’re keen on investing at the intersection of policy, technology and impact. We explore their approach to trust-based philanthropy a…
 
This episode provides insight into a dynamic corporate foundation and sheds light on the growth of philanthropy in Australia. Macquarie Group is a diversified financial srvices organisation with 18,000 employees; working in 33 markets around the world. Interestingly, the foundation was established at the same time and alongside the company itself. …
 
Per joins us back on the show after last having been with us on 6th September 2020. We continue where we left off and start by looking at the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), which the IKEA Foundation set up with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bezos Earth Fund. GEAPP is working in partnership with countries across Africa, A…
 
Shannon Elizabeth is an actor who is passionate about animal conservation. She has starred in over 50 films and television shows, including American Pie, Scary Movie, Love Actually and That 70’s Show. Simon Borchert has a strong family history of animal conservation in South Africa. Together, this dynamic husband and wife duo are protecting rhinos …
 
Unhealthy environments have been linked to a range of significant health risks to children, including premature birth, stillbirth, increased lifelong risk for brain and behavioural problems, respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancers, dysfunction of hormonal and reproductive systems, and more. Globally, more than 1 in 4 childhood deaths…
 
If you ever wondered how to create a truly diverse talent pool and intentionally attract the next generation of leaders from countries not usually represented in senior management teams, this episode will inform you and show you how some of the world’s leading organisations are embracing this challenge. Atlas Corps was founded in 2006. They are a n…
 
Great advances in medical treatments enable most people with HIV to live lives with life expectancy comparable to the general population. Unfortunately, stigma and negative social norms persist and must be tackled. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is a global grant-making foundation focused on ending the AIDS epidemic. They’re based in London and New…
 
In light of so many indicators pointing in the wrong direction, what can we do with the resources and powers at our disposal to tackle the food crisis and drive forward improved nutrition? This conversation provides clear suggestions and insight for philanthropists, business leaders and policymakers alike -- the case for improved nutrition has neve…
 
In this episode we bring you a heart-warming interview with Zane Wilemon – an ordained priest from Texas who embraced social entrepreneurship in Kenya and improved the lives of children and women through philanthropy and commerce. We hear how Zane’s philanthropic work led to the creation of Ubuntu Life, a successful social enterprise that is backed…
 
In this episode we focus on the power of regenerative agriculture and why you, as a consumer, can literally eat your way to a better world. We speak with Angus McIntosh, who is better known in South Africa as 'Farmer Angus'. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Studied Management Accounting at Stellenbosch University before stockbroking …
 
On this episode, we are talking with Shane Ryan, Global Executive Director of the Avast Foundation. Many of you who use a computer day in and day out will recognise the Avast brand — they are one of the world’s leading antivirus software providers. We are going to be talking with Shane about equity and inclusion within the digital space, and to kic…
 
The Beacon Collaborative exists to encourage more private assets to be used for public good. It is a focal point where philanthropists can come together, share ideas and learn from each other – and where organisations can collaborate to support them on their donor journeys. We explore the barriers and opportunities in giving philanthropically; the …
 
Prior to founding Co-Impact in 2017, Olivia served as Founding Director of the Giving Pledge, an effort launched by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Co-Impact, brings together partners from around the world to drive forward just and inclusive systems change. They’re operating in 13 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Funding come…
 
In this episode, we learn about Porticus’ global operations and explore the importance of participation, building networks, developing programs from the ground up and driving systems change. Since 1995, Porticus has coordinated the philanthropic endeavours of the Brenninkmeijer family, continuing a tradition of social engagement stretching back as …
 
The Valuable 500 is using the power of business to drive lasting change for the 1.3 billion people around the world who are living with a disability. They are a collective of 500 businesses and CEOs, chaired by Paul Polman (former CEO of Unilever), who are innovating for disability inclusion, and who include some of the most recognised firms and br…
 
Learn how the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is making an impact; helping non-profit organisations by advancing AI and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. Claudia Juech is Vice President of Data and Society at the Patrick. J. McGovern Foundation and was Managing Director for Strategic Insights at the Rock…
 
James Chen has dedicated the last 20 years to addressing the issue of poor vision. He founded Clearly, a global campaign to educate the public and world leaders and raise the profile of the issue — championing innovation and spreading best practices that help make sight tests and affordable glasses available to all, as well as connecting people com…
 
Grantmaking is imperfect and full of opportunities for improvement. We explore a range of topics, including (1) trust-based philanthropy; (2) power imbalances; (3) participatory grantmaking; and (4) striving to make grantmaking more accessible, equitable and empathetic. Tom and Gemma are authors of the book ‘Modern Grantmaking’, which provides usef…
 
Let's transform India into a poverty-free country within our lifetime. A fascinating conversation full of ambition to improve the lives of millions of people. The/Nudge Institute is an action institute that works with governments, markets, and civil society to build resilient livelihoods for all. Over 364 million Indians live below the poverty line…
 
Michael Traill is Chair of Australia’s largest foundation, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, and co-founder of For Purpose Investment Partners. Michael also co-founded Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia and holds a Harvard MBA. This episode provides key insight and detail for anyone who wishes to levera…
 
We explore the world of charities and delve into key questions, such as: (1) What’s the state of affairs with charities today? (2) Why are so many charities struggling for funding when many foundations and major donors saw their endowments, net worth and equity portfolios grow so much in 2021? (3) What’s the public perception of charities and is it…
 
A candid conversation where opportunities are fleshed out; where tensions between mission and sustainability are identified; and where a belief in doing better is underscored. Should you use plastic packaging instead of glass? How do you tackle the tension between having organic protein food products that help children grow and the high carbon outp…
 
Deval Sanghavi, Co-Founder of Dasra, joins Alberto Lidji to discuss strategic philanthropy in India. Dasra began as a venture philanthropy fund to invest in early stage non-profit organizations in India. After listening to this episode you will have better insight into the philanthropic landscape in India; understand how grant-making foundations ar…
 
Let’s transform education systems by reigniting intrinsic motivation! The Chair and CEO of STiR Education, Jo Owen and Girish Menon, explain why motivation is key to success. STiR Education operates in India and Uganda, they’ve recently started a program in Indonesia and are currently in discussions with the education ministry in Ethiopia. Brazil i…
 
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