Ariadne’s Thread – May 2019

Ariadne’s Thread – May 2019
May 15, 2019 Lori Stanciu

May 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

ALL ABOUT TRANS WORKSHOP: Ariadne, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and On Road invite you to be part of an immersive All About Trans Workshop. Open to grantmakers, this carefully curated and informal workshop will provide a safe space and a unique opportunity for participants to connect with a range of trans people. This workshop aims to give funders a better and more nuanced understanding of trans people and the issues they face. It will give you the chance to ask difficult questions in a safe environment and hear from people of different ages, as well as parents of trans children, and to speak face-to-face with people away from all the noise and misleading information online and in mainstream media. The event will take place in London, UK on Wednesday 22nd May at 10:00-12:30 (with networking lunch until 13:00) OR 14:00-16:30. To register, click here. There are only a few spaces left!

ARIADNE EVENTS AT THE EFC AGA 2019: Next week, European Foundation Centre’s annual conference will take place in Paris. On 23rd May, Ariadne and Fondation de France will co-host the discussion “Liberty, equality and fraternity… but only for the young? New forms of solidarity with the elderly.” At the session, civil society representatives and funders will speak about ways to ensure the human rights of older people in vulnerable situations. Together with the EDGE Funders Alliance, Ariadne also invites funders to a networking cocktail at the conference dinner on 23rd May. For further information please contact

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In recent months we have published not one, not two, but three new reports! Be sure to check them out:

  • For the 2019 Ariadne Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders, click here.
  • For the Preventing and responding to sexual harassment: Funders’ practices and challenges, click here.
  • For the Making a way forward – Community Organising and the Future of Democracy in Europe, click here.

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.

REGISTER NOW – ARIADNE PORTAL TUITION: A half-hour of tuition to improve your skill in using the Ariadne Portal will be held on Tuesday 18th June 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.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

More Than Words: Commissioned by the Thomas Paine Initiative, this paper explores how voluntary sector organisations in the UK are developing, embedding and sharing their communications strategies. It provides an overview of where the field currently is, and poses questions and provocations. TPI encourages charities to embrace strategic communication as “gifting” and reflects on the significance of non-verbal communication. It highlights examples from the voluntary sector and the commercial world. It then looks at the barriers holding the sector back and how, and with what backbone support, this work could flourish. Finally, it addresses how greater collaboration could move the sector forward.

Hope Not Hate’s guide to the 2019 European elections: In the 2019 European Parliament elections radical right and far-right parties are projected to gain more influence than they’ve ever had before. In this hub you can find all of HOPE not hate’s coverage of the far right in Europe ahead of the elections. It will be updated throughout the election period with research looking at specific parties and the threats they pose to protections against discrimination and the upholding of equality and democracy in the EU. Hope Not Hate will also publish resources on everything you need to know about the main Islamophobic parties in three EU countries, so that people can help spread the word and fightback against them. For coverage on the European Elections in French, see L’extrême droite aux élections européennes : le jeu des sept familles and in German, see Was haben Rechtspopulist*innen eigentlich gegen die EU?

Attitudes towards migrants, refugees and national identity in Greece: The Social Change Initiative, in comjunction with More in Common, has released a new research report, which provides the first information of its kind on attitudes towards migrants, refugees and national identity in Greece. This uplifting result provides a more accurate account of what the majority (67%) of Greeks truly feel about migration, and challenges the prevailing populist narrative on migration as articulated by current political leaders and the media. SCI is working with civil society organisations, NGOs, municipal partners and others to translate this report’s findings and recommendations into action.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland: Government must set out timetable for responding to breaches identified by UN Committee: The absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland since 2017 means that there is no scrutiny of the use of UK Government funds for women and girls seeking abortion in England. This report makes several recommendations, including the following. One recommendation is that the UK Government needs to set out a clear framework and timeline to address the breaches of women’s rights in NI that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women identified, if there is no government in NI to take this action. Another recommendation is that the UK Government must set out a timetable for rectifying the error in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s standing within the next six months so that an individual victim, such as a victim of rape or incest, does not have to take a case to court.

In strategies to counter violent extremism, politics often trump evidence: This article looks at how, as dozens of countries develop national frameworks for countering violent extremism (CVE), they now have the benefit of research to help guide their strategies and policymaking. But despite this more sophisticated understanding of the multiplicity of factors that fuel radicalisation and recruitment, policies and programmes to counter violent extremism are too often driven by political factors and other considerations rather than data and other evidence. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to the role of religion in CVE, where religion plays a much greater role in policy response than the research indicates it should.

Se préoccuper du rétrécissement de l’espace civique en Europe occidentale, une sage précaution : Partout dans le monde le phénomène de « rétrécissement » ou de « fermeture » de l’espace de la société civile est identifié et fait l’objet de nombreuses analyses. En Europe, les études se concentrent sur les pays d’Europe Centrale et Orientale ou sur les Balkans occidentaux. Peu d’attention est portée aux évolutions des pratiques dans les démocraties bien établies du continent européen. Pourtant, selon l’ONG Civicus, l’espace civique a « rétréci » dans douze pays de l’Union européenne (Autriche, Bulgarie, Croatie, Espagne, France, Grèce, Italie, Lettonie, Pologne, Roumanie, Royaume Uni et Slovaquie) et est même « empêché » en Hongrie. Cette article était écrit par Nicolas Bouchet et Inga Wachsmann.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

VIDEO: A Worldwide Movement for Domestic Workers: Despite the profession’s growing ranks, millions of domestic workers – 80% of whom are women – remain impoverished and exploited. In many countries, legal norms don’t provide domestic workers with the same rights and protections that other workers already enjoy. Thankfully, more domestic workers than ever are coming together and forming unions. It’s a global movement, too. The union featured in this video is part of the International Domestic Workers Federation, a collective which boasts more than 500,000 members in 54 countries. The federation has helped ratify international labour standards for domestic workers in more than 28 countries. See also, rising restrictions on labour rights threaten the heart of social justice.

ARTICLE:Class struggle to save the world: In this article from Chatham House, Neal Millar writes how Generation Z is on the march to combat climate change.

ARTICLE: Capturing What’s Online in China Before It Vanishes: It’s important to preserve snapshots of China’s internet before they vanish without a trace, says Raymond Zhong, a New York Times tech reporter in Beijing. How do NYT journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? In this article, Raymond discusses the tech he’s using.

PODCAST: Critical Skill for Nonprofits in the Digital Age: Technical Intuition: Not everyone needs to become a tech expert, but all activists and nonprofit leaders must develop skills to inquire about, decide on, and demand technological change. In this podcast, Alix Dunn, of the consulting firm Computer Says Maybe, walks through her guidelines to help anyone to develop these skills.

BLOG: The roles of foundation board trustees and foundation staff must radically change: In the past few months, there have been some critical feedback for philanthropy. The criticisms are not new. Over the years have been many articles, often written by former programme officers. The difference this time is that it seems philanthropy, to its credit, is taking things more seriously. This blog from Non-Profit AF unpicks this. See also, Twitter thread ‘We’re going unrestricted!’

INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: What It’s Like to Live in Gender-Neutral Housing: This week’s Open Society Instagram takeover, visits students at one of Ohio University’s trailblazing gender-neutral dorms.

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


Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking Report (2019): An analysis of global foundation grantmaking produced by Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group, the 2019 edition of the index focuses on giving in 2016 – the latest year for which complete data is available. In 2016, 326 foundations awarded 2,605 grants totalling $328 million in support of a more peaceful world. See also, ‘Transparency: one small step for funders, one giant leap for equity’ – a blog which looks at how the Peace and Security Funders Group pushes for transparency through its Peace and Security Funding Index.

Climate Change: Next Steps for Action: Climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever known. But solutions exist to save our planet – from the frontlines, to policies, to international action. Global Greengrants Fund has shared a list of resources which includes ideas and research worth considering as people make decisions on the actionable steps they plan to take to save our planet.

Participatory Grantmaking for Teens: The Funders Who Trust Girls to Make Grants: This article from Inside Philanthropy covers how the With and For Girls Collective – a group of nine funders that asks teenage girls around the globe to choose its grassroots girl-led and girl-centred grantees – has awarded $3 million of flexible funds to 60 such organisations in 41 countries, since 2014.

Coverage from Council on Foundations’ Leading Together Conference 2019: Alliance Magazine provided media coverage for this year’s Council on Foundation’s annual conference in Miami, Florida. Leading Together 2019 brought thought leaders together to engage in provocative conversations about the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing philanthropy. This year’s conference focused on bridging the divide in today’s world of growing nationalism and division, how foundations are responding to climate’s complex challenges, philanthropy’s role in fostering inclusive prosperity and emerging and best practices in domestic and global philanthropy.

Capital for Justice: Spurring On Impact Investing for Racial Equity: This article from Stanford Social Innovation Review looks at how one foundation is building on a 50-year history of impact investing to unlock more capital and more justice toward greater equity, progress, and prosperity.

Capacity Building: What Are Grantmakers Doing Well?Research demonstrates the importance of investing in capacity, but how can grantmakers be strong capacity-building partners to non-profits? This series of in-depth case studies explores five foundations’ different approaches to supporting non-profit capacity.

The next Thread will go out on Thursday 20thJune. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Hannah Stevens by 18th June if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue.


Jobs and Tenders

Programmes Officer – Baring Foundation: Baring Foundation is seeking a Programmes Officer who will focus on their Strengthening Civil Society programme, that supports UK civil society to use the law and human rights-based approaches for social change. The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for grant-holders in this programme and will be closely involved in all aspects of its development. They will also work across all three of Oak’s programmes and support the operations of the Foundation within a small team. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 5th June at 17:00.

Program Officer (Information Program) – Open Society Foundations: The OSF Information Program is recruiting a Program Officer. The successful candidate will join a team of Program Officers working to confront the threats to open society created by information technology. This includes work to limit surveillance powers of governments and corporations, counter discrimination based on algorithmic decision-making, and confront the manipulation of our public sphere. The successful candidate will be responsible for evolving and implementing the strategy for the assigned area of work and carry out all relevant stages of grant making. Location: London, United Kingdom. Deadline for applications is 6th June 2019.

Consultant to Conduct Field Research on Women’s & LBTIQ Organisations in the Caribbean – Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: Women’s Voice & Leadership (Caribbean) is a five-year initiative for the region supported by the Government of Canada and implemented by The MATCH International Women’s Fund and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. The two organisations are seeking to engage with partners and representatives from women’s organisations and LGBTIQ groups from around the Caribbean to develop and expand the thinking around the programme, including how the WVL (Caribbean) programme can respond to the priorities of groups in the region. Applicants should be based in and working in the Caribbean. Deadline for applications is 27th May 2019. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is also seeking a Consultant to Facilitate Convening for Women’s & LBTIQ Organisations in the Caribbean.

Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy – Open Society Foundations: OSF is seeking a Project Head for Outreach, Strategic Communication and Advocacy. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the operational interface of work plan of the Director of Institutional Relations. T he role will have responsibility for coordination, planning and further development of the representational, communication and advocacy work together with the Director for Institutional Relations. Location: Berlin, Germany. Deadline for applications is 3rd June 2019.

Programme Officer (Field Building on Psychological Violence) – Oak Foundation: Oak Foundation is looking for a programme officer with experience in field building and/or psychological abuse, coercion and control to help them build on the successes of their grantees who are working on domestic violence. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead Trustees and the Issues Affecting Women Programme team to increase knowledge of the field of psychological abuse; embed learning across Oak Foundation’s growing domestic violence portfolio; build and manage a portfolio of grants that will contribute to changing the wider domestic violence sector; and support service providers to recognise, address and intervene to end psychological violence, coercion and control in all its forms. Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Grants Manager – Fund for Global Human Rights: The Fund for Global Human Rights is seeking a Grants Manager. The Grants Management team – currently three Grants Managers and one Director of Grantmaking Operations – is the backbone of support for getting resources to frontline activist organisations. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Grantmaking Operations and manage the Fund’s Latin America and India grants. Location: Washington DC, United States. Deadline for applications is 23rd May 2019.

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


Public Meetings

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 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.


May 19th– 25th
Do Human Rights Need to be Saved? Universality Versus Uniformity: The universal recognition of human rights has been often criticised for disregarding the reality and wealth of cultural diversity and the multiple interpretations of humanity and of basic needs. Moving beyond the philosophical question of whether anything can be apprehended as universal in our multicultural world, this panel discussion will focus on the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the multiplication of new rights. Panellists will debate on the necessity to reaffirm the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change in order to “save” the current human rights regime. The event will take place on 24th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.

 May 26th– June 1st
The rule of law in the face of contemporary human rights challenges: In a world where prevention and implementation of human rights and accountability for their violations are challenged in new ways, it is crucial to rethink the notion of the rule of law. Louise Arbour has had a profound impact on the development of international law and has played significant roles in international institutions. This conference marks the launch of the book Doing Peace the Rights Way: Essays in International Law and Relations in Honour of Louise Arbour, whose contributions by world leaders and experts challenge basic assumptions and bring fresh thoughts to debates that are at the core of the world’s agenda. The event will take place on 27th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.


June 2nd– 8th
Engaging Young Philanthropists: Understanding and Meeting Their Demands: At this event, in consideration of how advisors can best engage and address the needs of young philanthropists, an expert panel will discuss: trends amongst millennial wealth holders and what they look for from their advisors; the opportunities and challenges for advisors when engaging with millennials; social impact models preferred by millennials; considerations when advising in a changing market; and how an advisor should manage complex family dynamics. The event will take place on 6th June 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

May 19th– 25th
Rethinking Human Rights: a southern response to western critics: In this lecture, Muthoni Wanyeki will draw on three decades of human rights activism with Kenyan, African and international organisations to push back against the western critique of human rights and to formulate her own assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the human rights movement in Africa and the Global South. The event will take place on 22nd May 2019 in London, United Kingdom.  

May 19th– 25th
Transformative Philanthropy – What every philanthropist and professional advisor should know: In a time when the very wealthy are worried, and their wealth is being questioned due to growing income inequality, the need for philanthropic exemplars and supportive advice from their professional advisers is essential. Wealth creation, wealth management – including philanthropic giving and social impact investment – are one of the keys to living the values of the wealthy while addressing societal problems. Speakers Ise Bosch, Founder and CEO of Dreilinden, and Rennie Hoare of C Hoare & Co are examples to be emulated. Ise Bosch, inspired by philanthropist Robert Bosch (founder of Bosch and her grandfather), decided to be a part of “the world of social change.” She will discuss her vision of Transforming Philanthropy and how this can be a philanthropic game changer. Ise will be interviewed by Rennie Hoare, the youngest partner of C Hoare & Co. He will provide an in-depth look into their innovative method in helping customers achieve their own philanthropic goals. The event will take place on 22nd  May 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

June 16th– 22nd
Global Health: inequalities, interventions and biases: To ensure that people live long and healthy lives it is important to know what kills different groups of people in different places. The Global Burden of Disease based on the Disability-Adjusted Life Year has been developed to do this. This lecture shows how this measure leads to various anomalies and biases, in particular it underestimates the health problems experienced by women and children.Professor Sudhir Anand Professor Amartya Sen will be the speakers at this event. The event will take place on 18th June 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.


May 26th– June 1st
Systems Mapping – using KUMU to support your work: Lankelly Chase is facilitating a webinar for funders who are interested in using new and visual methods to explore the complex systems in which they operate and fund. Participants will join Paul Hirmis from Corra Foundation and urban designer Drew Mackie to hear how they use systems mapping software – Kumu – to help them map and understand relationships and stakeholders in complex systems. Kumu is a data visualisation platform that helps people who are working with complex challenges to organise their information into interactive relationship map. More information on Kumu can be found hereThe webinar will take place on 29th May 2019.

May 19th– 25th
New Business Models for Human Rights: The same globalisation trends that have supported the rise of civil society around the world, now threaten its existence. Given this reality, what alternatives should rights groups consider? The current business model for most human rights organisations in low- and middle-income countries is to set up as a non-profit entity that is financed primarily through foreign charitable grants. But how can non-governmental human rights activity be developed outside this prevailing framework? What is the scope for local fundraising, or for-profit models of human rights work? The webinar will explore these and other issues and ask – are there new business models for human rights work? The webinar will take place on 22nd May 2019.

May 19th– 25th
EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference: Despite the universal nature and appeal of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” these three ideals are not (yet) fully realised: they continue to represent aims rather than achievements due to an array of critical and constantly evolving challenges. Bearing this in mind, how can European foundations: Respond to the migration crisis as a challenge to freedom of movement and an indicator of global inequalities? Address the threats to freedom of speech and freedom of the press in an age of fake news and post-truth politics? Help bridge long-standing inequalities in access to education, culture or health, and more recent ones such as the consequences of climate change or the digital divide? Promote human rights in Europe, thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain? Encourage new forms of solidarity and inclusion? The event will take place between 22nd  and 24th May 2019 in Paris, France.


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.


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.  

June 2nd – 8th
Psychosocial Support in the Middle East: Conflicts and disasters cause psychological wounds, which psychosocial support aims to heal. It has recently become a priority in development aid programmes and for Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag. During four thematic workshops, participants will formulate policy recommendations on Mental Health & Psychosocial Support in the context of development cooperation in the MENA region. The event will take place on 6th June 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.


June 9th– 15th
RightsCon: RightsCon is the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age. It brings together business leaders, policy makers, general counsels, government representatives, technologists, and human rights defenders to connect, strategise, and shape the future. The event will take place between 11th and 14th June 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia.


Until 24th November
FUTUROMA: FUTUROMA draws upon aspects of Afrofuturism to explore Roma contemporary art’s role in defining, reflecting and influencing Roma culture. It offers new and spontaneous re-interpretations of Roma pasts, presents and futures via a fusion of the traditional and the futuristic in order to critique the current situation for Roma people and to re-examine historical events. Imagining Roma bodies in speculative futures offers a counter-narrative to the reductive ways that Roma culture has been understood and constructed – thereby moving our cultural expression beyond the restrictive motifs of oppression toward a radical and progressive vision of Roma to come. The exhibition will be open until 24th November 2019 in Venice, Italy.

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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