More Changes in the Philanthropy World

The philanthropy world is experiencing lots of changes in the past few months. In addition to the changes I had announced in my previous post, three additional changes caught my attention.

First, John Harvey, Executive Director of Grantmakers without Borders (Gw/oB), announced his departure from the organization at their 10th anniversary conference last week. Gw/oB is a philanthropic network that is dedicated to increasing funding for international social justice and environmental sustainability groups and to improving the practice of international grantmaking. Jennifer Astone summarizes John’s lessons learned and reflections in Anatomy of a Global Donor.

Meanwhile, the American Pakistan Foundation announced the appointment of Mr. Awais Khan as the foundation’s first President and CEO earlier this month. Mr. Awais Khan was a partner at Ackrell Capital and held senior positions at the Venture Capital Practice at KPMG, Dimension Data and Hewlett-Packard. He has professional experience in Pakistan in the areas of financial services and government. Mr. Khan is the Chair of several leadership committees of Venture Forums and is currently on the advisory board of Cleantech Jobs Fund, an economic development fund in Silicon Valley.

Neelam Makhijani was appointed CEO of the Resource Alliance, a UK based organization working towards the building of capabilities of individual organizations and the infrastructure needed to support professional fundraising and resource mobilization around the world. Neelam is the organization’s first CEO to be appointed from the Global South and is the first woman to hold the position. Neelam has worked for the Resource Alliance for six years, first running and leading education and training programs and its consulting services. Since March last year, Neelam was the deputy CEO. The Resource Alliance has some wonderful resources, including the newly published, Worldwide Fundraiser’s Handbook.

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