Ariadne’s Thread – June 2019

Ariadne’s Thread – June 2019
June 17, 2019 Hannah Stevens

June 2019

Ariadne’s Thread is a monthly update of events, briefings and research for social change and human rights funders. 

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Ariadne News & Events

We’re Hiring! European Programme Manager: We are looking for a European Programme Manager to coordinate our work in mainland Europe, particularly among existing networks in France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Italy; to develop our reach in other parts of Europe; and to represent us in Brussels. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 21st June at 17:00 BST. Click here for the job description and person specification.

SAVE THE DATE – 2019 GRANT SKILLS DAY: Ariadne is pleased to announce that the 2019 Grant Skills Day “Funding with a Climate Lens – How to Climate-Proof your Foundation and Strategies” will be held Monday 21st October 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This Grant Skills Day will focus on practical ways human rights and social change funders can begin to incorporate climate change into their strategies and operations, to climate-proof their work.

SUBMIT YOUR GRANTS DATA NOW: The Advancing Human Rights research is a collaboration between Candid (formerly known as Foundation Center), Ariadne, Human Rights Funders Network and Prospera. It tracks the evolving state of global human rights philanthropy by collecting and analysing grants data. Its goal is to help human rights funders and advocates make more informed decisions, discover opportunities for collaboration, and increase the effectiveness of their work. Foundations can now submit their 2017 and 2018 grants using this template. If you use software from any of these providers to manage your grants, you can simply export your data into the template. Please email your grants information to as early as possible, but by 30th June at the latest.

WEBINAR RECORDING: THE BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS ON MIGRATION & REFUGEES: Today’s public debate about migration and refugee issues features many myths: from the perception that everyone wants to migrate, to the idea that borders and aid spending will stop migration, to how migrants are a burden on their host societies. This webinar presented research countering some of these myths and introduced a new model, the Global Skill Partnership, which aims to organise migration in a way that benefits all. It provided an opportunity for funders to better understand how international efforts, such as the recently adopted Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Refugee Forum this December, help to find joint solutions. How can a multi-stakeholder approach to forced displacement improve the lives of millions of people? The webinar was presented by Helen Dempster, Senior Associate for Policy Outreach at the Center for Global Development and Ziad Ayad, Senior Liaison Officer at UNHCR. Ariadne members can access the recording here.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: A half-hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 16th July at 15:00 BST. This is an online webinar you can participate in from your desk. To join, you will need a computer or tablet (iPad/Android) to watch the online demonstration. To register, please click here. For additional portal tuition dates, please click here.

*To register for Ariadne events, your institution must be a member organisation of Ariadne. For questions regarding your membership status, please contact Hannah Stevens.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People 2019: In its Annual Review, ILGA-Europe examines the advances made at the national level, country-by-country in 2018. It also looks at the LGBTI equality work carried out by organisations such as the EU, the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe. The Rainbow Map & Index presents a picture of what the policy landscape is like right now, while the Annual Review also attempts to answer the question “what’s next?”

Freedom and the Media: A Downward Spiral: A new report by Freedom House finds that globally – in both democratic and authoritarian states – press freedom has been declining over the past decade, with the shift “most acute in Europe, previously a bastion of well-established freedoms, and in Eurasia and the Middle East, where many of the world’s worst dictatorships are concentrated.” However, Freedom House notes that “press freedom can rebound from even lengthy stints of repression when given the opportunity. The basic desire for democratic liberties, including access to honest and fact-based journalism, can never be extinguished, and it is never too late to renew the demand that these rights be granted in full.”

Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: The European Commission has published its annual report on how the EU institutions and Member States have been applying the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. This year, it also marks the 10th anniversary of the Charter’s entry into force. The Commission has also released a Eurobarometer survey on citizens’ awareness of the Charter.

The Bias of ‘Professionalism’ Standards : This article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review look at how professionalism has become coded language for white favouritism in workplace practices that more often than not privilege the values of white and Western employees and leave behind people of colour. See also this article from Stanford Social Innovation Review – ‘How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone.’

UN human rights bodies facing unprecedented and unacceptable cuts to their work: In this joint letter to all UN member States, 399 civil society organisations call on UN member States to urgently tackle the current funding crisis affecting the functioning of the UN human rights expert bodies.

Research on European attitudes helps explain halt of the populist surge: In this article, Steven McCafferty of the Social Change Initiative (SCI) outlines how their recent research on European attitudes helps explain the halt of the populist surge. The analysis is part of ongoing research by the SCI which works with partners across Europe to examine attitudes on migration.

The Capacity Building of Human Rights Defenders and (Dis)Empowerment: An Analysis of Current Practice: Building the capacities of human rights defenders plays an important role in approaches to their protection. This is partly due to participants’ own expressed desire for trainings (the main element in capacity building programmes). Yet, as protection professionals occasionally observe, many of these same beneficiaries often do not seem to implement the knowledge they receive in trainings. This paper aims to explain this conundrum and make some cautious suggestions for how it might be resolved. See also the report The Effectiveness of Individual Casework on HRDSs: An Empirical Study of the UN Special Procedure Cases 2004-2015.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

BOOK: “Reach everyone on the planet…” – Kimberlé Crenshaw and Intersectionality: Thirty years ago, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term ‘intersectionality.’ Since then, she has impacted social justice movements across the globe in unprecedented ways. With the publication, “Reach Everyone on the Planet …,” the Center for Intersectional Justice and the Gunda Werner Institute want to honour Kimberlé Crenshaw’s contribution not only to social justice movements but also to the lives of people located at the intersections of several axes of oppression. This book gathers texts from prominent activists, critical thinkers and academics in Germany and Europe. See also speech by Kimberlé Crenshaw on 30 years of intersectionality.

BLOG: For human rights to have a future, we must consider time: In this blog for OpenGlobalRights, César Rodríguez-Garavito argues that, obsessed with pushing spatial boundaries, the human rights community left aside concerns about time. It now must refine its long-term goals as well as its short-term response capacity.

PODCAST: Key takeaways from the European elections 2019: In this podcast, Ulrike Franke (ECFR) discusses the stories behind the media headlines in the aftermath of the EU elections. She is joined by Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, Susi Dennison, senior policy fellow and the director of ECFR’s European Power programme and Pawel Zerka, policy fellow and programme coordinator of the European Power programme at ECFR. They speak about the crumbling political centre, the Green wave and what young voters have to do with it. They also bet on who will become the next president of the European Commission.

PODCAST: White Supremacist terrorism has gone global: From Norway to New Zealand, white supremacist terrorism has gone global. In this podcast, host Jen Psaki sits down with former national security adviser Lisa Monaco to discuss how lessons learned fighting other terrorist networks can help tackle the evolving threat of violent white supremacy.

BLOG: Can protecting indigenous human rights also improve conservation efforts? In this blog for OpenGlobalRights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz outlines that lands under secure indigenous tenure often have better conservation outcomes, and asks if stronger protections around indigenous rights can also protect the environment.

PODCAST: Virtual Philanthropy: Opening Doors to Form Better Donor Partnerships: EJ Jacobs’ Virtual Philanthropy podcast series is a guided tour for non-profits looking to understand the steps they should take in order to get in front of and eventually get funding from foundations and donors. The tour guides are various members of the philanthropic sector, from individual donors to gatekeepers of funds.

ZINES: Intersectionality, Self and Collective Care, Working in Repressive Contexts and Movement Building: Intersectionality, Self and Collective Care, Working in Repressive Contexts and Movement Building are pertinent issues in today’s women’s rights movement. These zines delve deep into the concepts to enhance understanding by focusing on what they look like, why they are important for the violence against women field, and questions and strategies for reflection and action. The zines emerged from a collaboration between JASS, FURIA and Raising Voices, and the partnership intends to strengthen collaboration to build momentum for the prevention of violence against women in the Global South. See also, this video on how to recover from activist burnout.

Do you have a great blog post, case study or podcast you’d like to contribute? We would love to feature it. Email Hannah Stevens at


Shifting power to shape the future: Is woke a possibility for foundations? This article from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy argues that this is the moment for foundations to disrupt centuries of inequity and power imbalance by relinquishing the reins.

With peoples’ protests mounting, why are philanthropists lagging behind on climate change? A groundswell of community-owned solutions requires investment. People are taking to the streets on climate change around the globe, tired of inaction by public officials and risking arrest to intentionally cause disruption. In this blog, Lindley Mease of Thousand Currents argues that it’s time to step back, bring out the wide-angle lens, and aggressively pursue a paradigm shift to match peoples’ climate actions in the philanthropy sector.

Going global: how about fiscal sponsorship outside the United States? A persistent challenge for organisations seeking philanthropic support is the need to demonstrate compliance with the fiduciary requirements of grant makers. Another is to have reliable and affordable backend support while being able to focus time, energy and resources on the organisational mission. In the US, fiscal sponsorship has become increasingly popular, not least as it can address both needs. This article asks why fiscal sponsorship is common in the US and not elsewhere. See also blog ‘At the heart of advancing human rights’ – a look back at Global Dialogue’s ten years of promoting innovation in human rights and practice.

Planning, assessing and communicating the impact of networks: In this speech, Carola Carazzone of Assifero covers the planning, assessment and communication of the impact of philanthropic networks. Carola gave this speech at WINGS’ ‘Driving Philanthropy for the Future’ event in Jamaica, in April 2019.

What the private sector can offer the charity sector and how funders can help it to do more: Corporate-charity partnerships are often associated with businesses handing over oversized cheques for underwhelming amounts and staff volunteering to ‘help’ charities but getting in the way. However, NPC believes that its work supporting the Stone Family Foundation (SFF) with its grant making has shown that the private sector is genuinely offering a lot to help charities make a bigger difference in people’s lives, and that these partnerships are something that funders, trusts, foundations and philanthropists – can and should actively help to happen. In this article, NPC shares three examples of its works across the SFF’s Disadvantaged Youth Portfolio which they think will illustrate the value of partnership to the most committed corporate-charity cynic.

Supporting the Pro-Immigrant Rights Movement in Social Justice Grantmaking: In recent years, immigrant communities have been subjected to an increase in dehumanising attacks from an increasingly white nationalist agenda built upon decades of discrimination and racism against immigrants, along with people of colour, women, and girls, LGBTQI, and other marginalised communities. Pro-immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeker movements are at the front line of responding to these crises. But according to Foundation Center data, between 2011 and 2015, barely 1% of all money granted by the 1,000 largest US foundations was intended to benefit immigrants and refugees. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy recently launched the Movement Investment Project – a multi-year initiative to drive more resources to social movements by providing recommendations for grantmakers to improve their grantmaking and maximize their impact. Read this article to find out more.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 18th July. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 16th July if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue.


Jobs and Tenders

Programme Manager – Migration Exchange: Migration Exchange is seeking a Programme Manager to manage its funder network, ensuring effective delivery of the programme objectives, supporting communications and outreach to the MEX network and ensuring the efficient day-to-day operations of MEX. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 24th June at 17:00 BST.

Program Officer – SAGE Fund: SAGE Fund is inviting applications for a new Program Officer. SAGE Fund is a collaborative human rights fund designed to strengthen accountability for economic actors. The Program Officer will work closely with a small team, comprised of the SAGE Fund Director and Program Associate, to develop and manage SAGE’s grant-making program and help build the Fund’s capacity and impact as it begins a new phase of growth. Location: Washington DC, United States. Deadline for applications is 21st June.

Funding Policy Manager – National Lottery Community Fund: The National Lottery Community Fund is recruiting a Funding Policy Manager, to develop policies and guidance to help ensure the Fund’s staff and the charities they support have a shared understanding of how to help communities thrive across England. The successful candidate will develop and shape new ways of empowering people to be in the lead, and influence staff across the Fund’s teams to work together to help achieve their mission. Location: Flexible Location within England. Deadline for applications is 5th July.

Program Officer (Open Source Democracy) – Open Society Foundations: The Regional Program for Europe (OSIFE), part of the Open Society Foundations, is hiring a Program Officer to manage a grant-making portfolio on fostering democratic innovation which supports the development of new and inclusive models of citizen participation in public decision making across Europe. Location: Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications is 30th June.

Policy and Projects Officer – Paul Hamlyn Foundation: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is looking to recruit a Policy and Projects Officer to join its Evidence and Learning Team. This role offers the opportunity to work on a range of internal projects, helping to scope new ways of working and funding programmes. The successful candidate will also support the Foundation’s work with partners on projects across several fields, helping to build relationships and co-ordinate the organisation’s approach to working with others. The Policy and Projects Officer will help the Foundation to use evidence from the work it funds and elsewhere to respond to policy issues in the range of areas in which the Foundation has an interest. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 1st July.

Internship – DAFNE: DAFNE is offering a full-time paid internship in public affairs/communications for six months, starting in September 2019. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include assisting the Executive Director in advancing the ‘Philanthropy Advocacy’ project, contributing to regular EU and national advocacy monitoring for members, and developing and maintaining the network’s media and communications work. Location: Brussels, Belgium. Deadline for applications is 29th June, although candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

*For more jobs, see the ‘Career Opportunities’ section on the landing page of the Ariadne portal.


Public Meetings

June 30th – July 6th
Legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe: This pre-conference event at the 9th International Research Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy is for researchers and practitioners interested in legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe and responses to them. The event will explore how the lack of non-profit oriented European regulatory measures and the existence of tax sovereignty of European countries inhibit cross-border philanthropy. Participants will also discuss the emerging issues affecting legal barriers to cross-border philanthropy in Europe. The event will take place on 3rd July 2019 in Basel, Switzerland.


June 23rd – 29th
Women Rule Summit 2019: With the recent mid-term elections in the U.S and the upcoming European elections in May, this promises to be an exciting time to reflect on the progress achieved by women at the political and corporate level and revive the debate on women’s empowerment. Some of the key questions that will be tackled during this event include: Will women get to lead the European Union in 2019-2024? Which organisational changes and policies have proven most successful for women’s empowerment? How can we involve men in the conversation on gender equality? What threat does the rise of far-right parties pose to gender equality? The event will take on 27th June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.


June 23rd – 29th
Human rights in the context of Brexit: how is devolution changing approaches across the UK? Join Equally Ours for a seminar on human rights in the context of Brexit. While political uncertainty continues, this seminar will bring together leading experts, including academics and civil society organisations working on human rights in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to discuss how agendas are diverging across the UK in the context of Brexit and the main threats and opportunities for human rights going forward. The event will take place on 26th June 2019 in London, United Kingdom. To register, you’ll need to enter the password: BrexitHR2019. 

June 30th – July 6th
What role can the social sector play in tackling youth crime? Youth crime and in particular knife crime is regularly splashed across the front of our newspapers. Their attention is focused on London, gang violence, and the ethnicity of the perpetrators, but is this clouding the real issues at play and placing communities in fear of their ‘youths’? A recent report from the APPG on Knife Crime found that the areas suffering the largest cuts to youth spending have seen bigger increases in knife crime. With some councils cutting funding for youth workers and clubs by 91% in three years. Youth crime is not a London problem it is a cross country problem. Alongside this there are reports that schools are excluding ‘problem’ pupils to ensure that their exam results are favourable. Are we letting our young people down? Ahead of the summer holidays when youth crime traditionally increases, this NPC event will ask what role the social sector can play in tackling the challenge of youth crime. The event will take place on 3rd July 2019. 

July 7th – 13th
Building a Stronger Health Movement in the UK: Open Society Foundations invites you to attend a strategic funders briefing on supporting a social movement for health in the UK. The briefing will be based on a recent review supported by OSF’s Public Health Program and conducted by NEON on the current state of the social movement fighting to defend the NHS, helping to frame a discussion on how we can build the power needed to defend the NHS as a universal public service and with it the right to health in the UK. The event will take place on 10th July 2019 in London, United Kingdom. To attend, please email

July 7th – 13th
Understanding How the Third Sector Engages with Philanthropy: It is important for professional advisors working with wealthy donors to understand what motivates their clients. It is equally relevant to know what is essential in their clients’ relationship with charities. Participants will learn about: what philanthropists are looking for from the third sector organisations they support; the donor journey and the services philanthropists require from their advisors; how the third sector involves funders; how advisors can help their clients manage their relationships with charities; and more. The event will take place on 10h July 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

July 28th – August 3rd
An evening with gal-dem: Founded and run by women and non-binary people of colour, gal-dem’s aim is to produce content in print and online that more accurately reflects the diversity of voices and talent available than the mainstream media has ever done. Their new book, I Will Not Be Erased, sees the gal-dem collective bring together 14 unique and thought-provoking essays that explore what it means to grow up as a person of colour. Using raw material – from chat histories to diaries and poems – the writers tackle race, gender, mental health and activism. Liv Little, founder and editor-in-chief of gal-dem, and deputy editor Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff will be talk about their new book at this Guardian event. The event will take place on 1st August 2019 in London, United Kingdom.


September 8th – 14th
C SUMMIT: The European Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing Summit: EVPA & DAFNE are co-organising the first European Corporate Philanthropy and Social Investing Summit. It will gather corporate social investors and corporate philanthropists of all types with their European peers to share their knowledge and experience and learn together. The aim is to empower and inspire. This year’s C Summit is organised under the theme of strategic alignment. The event will take place between 11th and 12th September 2019 in Munich, Germany.


July 15th – 22nd
Philanthropy & the SDGs: UN-DESA and UNOP, in collaboration with the SDG Philanthropy Platform, European Foundation Centre, Synergos, and the United Nations Foundation, will co-organise a special event on Philanthropy & the SDGs during the Ministerial Segment of the 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the ECOSOC. The event will create a dedicated space to discuss current models of philanthropic engagement to implement the 2030 Agenda and identify opportunities to scale up philanthropic leadership and transformational action to further accelerate SDG implementation. The event will also serve as an opportunity to gather momentum from the philanthropic sector in the lead up to the SDG Summit in September 2019, where Heads of State and Government will meet for the first time under the auspices of the General Assembly after the first four-year cycle of HLPF to assess progress in SDG implementation. The event will take place on 16th July 2019 in New York, United States. To attend, register by 17.00 EDT on 8th July.

Until 17th August
Radical Love: Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the Ford Foundation gallery’s inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril. Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, “Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.” The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality are celebrated, adorned, and revered. The exhibition will run until 17th August 2019.

June 9th – 15th
The rights of older women and their economic empowerment: During each Human Rights Council session, panel discussions are held to provide member States and NGOs with opportunities to hear from subject-matter experts and raise questions. A panel discussion titled ‘the rights of older women and their economic empowerment’ will focus on the importance of protecting and promoting the rights of older women and eliminating gender-based discrimination throughout the life-course, as a means to benefit all women and girls in their enjoyment of human rights. The panel discussion will take place at 11:00 CEST on 28th June 2019. It will be broadcast live and archived on See also, panel discussion titled ‘technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of the human rights of older persons’ at 09:00 CEST on 10th July 2019.


October 20th – 26th
ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2019: The ILGA-Europe Annual Conference is an agenda-setting moment for European LGBTI movements. It’s when, each year, LGBTI movements identify priorities for the coming year and strengthen effectiveness in bringing change that matters to LGBTI people. It connects activists and enablers of change, builds on diversity, and is a place to get inspiration and be empowered. The conference serves as ILGA-Europe’s Annual General Meeting. The event will take place between 23rd and 26th October 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.


September 8th – 14th
Nonprofit Management Institute: Transforming Anxiety into Active Leadership: Many of us today are living in a constant state of generalised anxiety. Concerns about the state of the economy, the ever-shifting political landscape, and what these forces could mean for the future are creating a heightened sense of apprehension, and those of us in the nonprofit sector often feel especially vulnerable. Unfortunately, anxiety among nonprofit leaders can lead to organisational paralysis, which is particularly dangerous given that we and our organisations are increasingly called on to address the challenges arising from these social and economic upheavals. So how do we transform this unease and foreboding into a sense of renewed purpose and focus for the future? The event will take place between 10th and 12th September 2019 in Stanford, United States of America.

September 15th – 21st
Philanthropy Innovation Summit 2019: The Philanthropy Innovation Summit is a biennial event that convenes individual and family philanthropists to discuss strategic and impactful giving in a non-solicitation environment. The event will include panel discussions, armchair interviews and intimate philanthropy salons. This event is designed for individual philanthropists with the ability to give six-figure annual support to the issues about which they care. Philanthropists with varying levels of experience and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like to nominate an invitee, email Stanford PACS. The event will take place on 17th September 2019 in Stanford, United States.


June 23rd – 29th
How far does the European identity extend? Ten years ago, the Eastern Partnership was launched as an eastern part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This is a cooperation between the European Union and six former Soviet countries: Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. During this interactive debate at Humanity House, organised by D66 Internationaal, participants will discuss this partnership with experts from this region. How do they see the future with the EU? The event will take place on 25th June 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

November 3rd – 9th
EVPA 15th Annual Conference: Celebrating Impact: EVPA invites you to its annual conference, which it describes as the ultimate event in the social investment and venture philanthropy sector, bringing together different actors from all over Europe, all seeking to create and collaborate in an impactful way. The event will take place between 5th and 7th November 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

October 20th – 26th
Grantmakers East Forum 2019: Common actions for social change – Mobilising people, creating spaces, using technologies: Grantmakers East Forum seeks to help sustain the steady development of philanthropy and civil society in communities and states in wider Europe, and facilitates collaborative efforts of the philanthropic sector to fully integrate into European and global philanthropic initiatives and institutions. The event will take place between 23rd and 25th October 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ariadne is supported by the Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Adessium Foundation, Democracy and Media Foundation, David and Elaine Potter Foundation and Zennström Philanthropies.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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