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Background Paper:The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

Background Paper:The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing

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Published by Janevska Irina
The Bellagio Initiative

The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing
Background Paper

Philanthropy: Current Context and Future Outlook

The Resource Alliance
November 2011
The Bellagio Initiative

The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of Human Wellbeing
Background Paper

Philanthropy: Current Context and Future Outlook

The Resource Alliance
November 2011

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Published by: Janevska Irina on Dec 24, 2012
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What Bill and Melinda Gates do is often described as ‘catalytic philanthropy’ in the sense that
they use their influence on the world stage and amongst politicians and entrepreneurs to
become a catalyst for issues and causes of global concern. Engaging in political advocacy to
change government policy is not only for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation a way to use their
influence effectively; however they are doing it a lot more than most other philanthropists.
Philanthropists using their voice works at a local level, too. Many experts who were consulted
for this report have highlighted the necessity for philanthropists to advocate for change more
prominently. Political campaigning, lobbying and advocacy is crucial for NGOs, too. For NGOs
simply delivering a good service is not enough; they need to campaign for political action if they
really want to drive massive social change.

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