Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

Be sure to check the show notes for each podcast and find blogs, reports and videos from Giving Thought and do get in touch if you have questions or suggestions at

Finally, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or your podcast provider of choice.

Mar 23, 2021

In this episode we talk to Nell Edgington, President of non-profit consultancy Social Velocity, about her new book “Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World”. We discuss:

  • What is the book about, who should read it and what should they do as a result?
  • Why does a scarcity mind-set affect so many donors and funders? Is this particular to philanthropy?
  • Why is the “overhead myth” so prevalent, and why is it so problematic?
  • Are there signs that funders are changing their behaviour during the current crisis? (Moving to unrestricted funding, trust-based grantmaking etc.) Is this likely to lead to longer-term changes?
  • What misconceptions are there about what makes for a sustainable non-profit, and why do these misunderstandings persist?
  • How many donors are willing to give away power as well as money? (And will the current crisis put even more focus on approaches such as participatory grantmaking?)
  • Do we need to redefine what counts as success and failure in philanthropy?
  • How should we rate philanthropy’s response to the current crisis?
  • What is the core role of philanthropy within society which differentiates it from either state or market provision?
  • Why has the idea that non-profits need to be “more business-like” become so widespread? What is wrong with it?
  • Should we seek to measure impact better? What challenges might this bring in terms of distorting activity or creating power imbalances?
  • How can donors and funders use philanthropy to challenge or transform the very systems in which wealth has been created?



Related Links