Jul 28, 2020
In this episode - the third in our mini-series on “European
philanthropy during and after COVID” – we talk to Julie Broome,
Director of the Ariadne network about philanthropic funding for
social change and rights issues now and in the future.
- What is social change funding? What are its particular
- Is it limited to a niche subset of funders, or something that
all can do to some extent?
- What is the history and current landscape for social change and
rights-focussed philanthropy across Europe?
- How do the cultures, histories and legal/policy environments
for philanthropy vary across Europe? How does this affect the work
of social change funders?
- What kind of responses have we seen from social change funders
across Europe to the challenges posed by covid-19?
- Has Covid-19 (and government responses to it) exacerbated
existing rights issues?
- Will we see new rights issues emerge as the political
imperatives of the pandemic lead to governments either accidentally
or deliberating introducing new measures (e.g. on data collection
and usage) that could further close the space for civil society in
- What is the role of infrastructure and support organisations in
helping civil society organisations and funders navigate and adapt
to a rapidly-changing environment?
- Has the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to coordinate responses
effectively increased awareness of the value of
- What elements of infrastructure are required for a healthy
culture of philanthropy and a vibrant civil society?
- Do we need to make a renewed case for the value of
infrastructure and the need to ensure it is properly funded?
- Major challenges like the climate crisis, global inequality or
the impact of technological development raise difficult questions
about whether a pragmatic approach of working with existing systems
can ever be enough; or whether we need to embrace more radical,
transformative change efforts. How do social change and rights
funders approach this thorny problem?
- We are seeing particular focus right now on the idea of social
change movements, many of which have decentralised or
non-hierarchical governance models (e.g. XR, #MeToo etc). Are there
challenges for traditional funders in engaging with such movements?
How can social change funders with experience in this area help
others to navigate the challenges?
- Why is core-cost funding so important when supporting social