Ariadne’s Thread – November 2022

Ariadne’s Thread – November 2022
November 16, 2022 Jana Stardelova

November 2022

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

2023 ARIADNE FORECAST: It’s that time of year again, and what a year it has been. We’re creating Ariadne’s ninth Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders, and we need your help to answer the following questions:

What is your greatest hope for 2023? What opportunities and challenges do you see for your grantees? How do you think your practice as a funder might change?

Tell us your predictions via our short questionnaire. You can submit your response in French, German, Italian, Spanish or English (simply switch language at the top of the form).

Questions? Email

UNDERSTANDING AND UPROOTING RACISM IN GRANTMAKING INSTITUTIONS: Since the middle of 2020, at Ariadne, we have been working with Healing Solidarity to create a space for you to have more “uncomfortable” conversations about race and ethnicity, and especially racial justice issues within European foundations. During 2021, drop-in sessions were offered for all those who participated in that process. Earlier this year we provided a new series of cohort sessions for those who did not participate previously. The last mixed drop-in session in 2022 will take place on 6 December, at 13:00 PM (CET).

FUNDING FOR REAL CHANGE: Could not join the online conversation ‘Seizing the Moment to Norm Multiyear, Flexible Funding: A Conversation on Obstacles and Accelerators’?
We invite you to watch the recording & download the toolkit:

SAVE THE DATE – ARIADNE’S GREAT RECONNECT 2023: We loved seeing many of you in Lille in April and are excited to announce the dates for next year’s Ariadne’s Great Reconnect in Berlin: 28–30 March 2023. While we are working hard on developing a rich program that will include something for everyone, we ask you to save the date!

UN ATELIER PRATIQUE SUR LES PRINCIPES DE FINANCEMENT BASÉS SUR LES DROITS HUMAINS: En collaboration avec l’Association des Grantmakers, Ariadne co-organise un atelier pratique sur les principes de financement basés sur les droits humains (principes que nous vous invitons à découvrir ici en amont de l’atelier). Cet atelier, ouvert aux membres de l’Association des Grantmakers et à la communauté francophone d’Ariadne, aura lieu le mardi 13 décembre prochain de 12h30 à 13h30, en visio. Dans une première partie, nous entendrons la perspective d’une organisation porteuse de projet sur ces principes, avant de réfléchir plus pratiquement à leur intégration au sein de vos fondations. Les inscriptions pour l’atelier du 13 décembre se font via ce lien:

ARIADNE’S PORTAL: Connect and collaborate with other funders on Ariadne’s Membership portal! Log in here. Do you have a colleague that doesn’t yet have access to the portal? They can sign up here.

Need assistance? Take a look at our guide or email

All these resources and more can be found on Ariadne’s website and Member-only portal.


New Research, Articles and Judgements

ADVOCACY GUIDE:  Rebuilding the Social Organisation of Care: An Advocacy Guide: In response to the care crisis, Public Services International (PSI) has focused on shifting approaches to care away from the dominant approach (the ‘care economy’) to the social organisation of care (SOC). This Advocacy Guide and accompanying Activity Workbook, aim to assist trade unions and women workers around the world to use the Care Manifesto as an instrument of trade union political action at the local level, to rebuild the social organisation of care for a new model that puts caring for people over caring for profits. Browse the guide online and download the PDFs.

REPORT: Global girlhood report 2022: Girls on the frontline: This report by Save the Children is written to be adolescent-friendly, and to provide evidence for government policymakers and child advocates as well as civil society organisations including grassroots girl-led, feminist and women’s rights organisations, humanitarian responders and private sector champions for gender equality.

REPORT: FRA ‘Roma in 10 European countries’ report: Roma across Europe continue to experience widespread deprivation. Six years on since the last survey from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Roma families still live in shocking conditions, and their educational and job prospects are poor. The latest FRA report identifies improvements and gaps in Roma inclusion to guide national efforts for Roma equality, inclusion, and participation.

REPORT: Making the Invisible Visible: An evidence-based analysis of gender in the regional response to the war in Ukraine: The regional gender analysis is a product of the Regional Gender Task Force (RGTF), which was established in March 2022 within the framework of the Regional Refugee Response Plan, created to promote and implement a comprehensive response to support efforts by neighbouring countries to protect and assist refugees coming from Ukraine. Read it here

PODCAST: Seeking peace: Seeking Peace is a podcast that explores the role of women around the world in bringing lasting peace to their communities. Women are too often seen as victims of conflict. But they are leaders and often unsung heroes. On this show, the authors bring you the stories of women breaking gender barriers and changing society. Episodes explore women’s roles in their local communities, peace negotiations, politics, and more.

POLICY BRIEF: The Way Forward for Ukrainian Refugees in CEE: This short brief by Hrishabh Sandilya of EPIM offers insight into the key issues that policymakers, philanthropy and civil society should consider as they continue to support Ukrainian refugees in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

PODCAST: Rethinking Humanitarianism | Is ‘decolonised aid’ an oxymoron? “There are two very different schools of thought on decolonising aid. Some in the room defined decolonisation as a call to reform an otherwise worthy endeavour. Others saw it as a call to end aid altogether. Are these two approaches mutually exclusive, or can they co-exist? Is decolonised aid even achievable within our current global governance system?” Click to listen.


Blogs and Other Sites of Interest

We Exist in Multitudes: Uplifting Intersex Movements in 2022: Every year on Intersex Awareness Day (October 26th), Astraea Foundation takes time to celebrate their grantee partners from around the world. At Astraea, they know that intersex people have no borders and exist in multitudes, but these vast experiences often go unrecognized or underrecognized. Click for more.

Evidence Gathering Series by the Digital Freedom Fund: The Evidence Gathering series video is out, bringing together technologist, litigators, and campaigners together. While you are there, check out the Decolonising videos that were recently uploaded to their new videos home.

Black philanthropy: Overcoming the wealth gap to build on a legacy of giving:“Nonprofits are grappling with new questions about how to harness the scale of giving in support of the Black community by donors of color and funders dedicated to race-conscious giving to create changes in Black philanthropy’s visibility and proliferation.” Visit Candid’s website to read more.

Vertical Atlas by Hivos: Vertical Atlas is a publication on the geopolitics of digital technology. According to the creators, “it is not a classic atlas that depicts the world in a uniform manner, and it is not a collection of traditional maps. It is a set of tools that enable comparisons, connections, and the seeing of connections and contradictions between different and diverse visions, realities, and techno-political worlds – through newly commissioned diagrams, interviews, essays and works of art by leading experts from around the world.” Access it here.

ARTICLE: New database reveals the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in Bolivia: HURIDOCS supported the Bolivian Centre for Documentation and Information (CEDIB) and the National Coordination for the Defence of Indigenous Peasant Territories and Protected Areas (CONTIOCAP) to develop a database that reveals the struggle for human rights and environmental justice in Bolivia. Click to read.

ARTICLE: More than human rights: What can we learn from trees, animals, and fungi? Changing the focus from a human-centric approach to human rights will help the movement advance on environmental agendas with an inter-species recognition. Interested? Read more.

OPINION: Friend or Foe? For Balkan LGBT Community, TikTok is Mixed Blessing: ‘TikTok offers the LGBT community in the region greater visibility – but this also brings more attacks and hate speech, which local authorities rarely punish.’ Visit the link for more.

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


Nurturing the Beating Heart of Feminist Movements: Lessons Drawn from Womankind’s Movement Strengthening Fund (MSF): This resource is based on evidence from nine initiatives delivered by Womankind partners through its MSF between October 2021 and March 2022. Download the resource.

Advancing Human Rights research is out! While we see signs of hope in global human rights philanthropy, we note concerns, including persistent regional disparities in access to direct, flexible funding & low rates of intersectional funding. Click to read.

Time to celebrate: Philanthropic organisations carve out from OECD Common Reporting Standards: The OECD released amendments to carve non-profit organisations out of their Common Reporting Standards (CRS). This change follows over two years of data-driven advocating by a task force made up of Philea, Swiss Foundations and other experts on behalf of the philanthropy sector.” Read the article.

The good climate finance guide for investing in locally led adaptation: Locally led adaptation (LLA) is an approach which seeks to ensure that local people have individual and collective agency over defining, prioritising, designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating adaptation actions. Download the guide here.

Foundations gave more in 2021 after stepping up in 2020, study finds: “After answering the call to support pandemic relief and racial equity initiatives in 2020, foundations increased their giving even more in 2021, a study from Foundation Source.” Read more.

Data gap is major roadblock to climate change investment, study finds: “Only 16 percent of an estimated $3.8 trillion in needed climate-related investments are being met, a study from the Rockefeller Foundation and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) finds.” Access the article here.

The Hive Fund’s Triennial Report is Here! The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice has published its first ever triennial report. Find out how their grantee partners are tackling climate, racial, gender justice and more.

Funders, it’s time to change how we think about risk: Want to learn more about the benefits of taking risks in your grantmaking? In this Alliance Magazine article, UAF’s Executive Director, Kate Kroeger, and Deputy Executive Director, Shalini Eddens, share their views how funders can embrace risks in grantmaking to better resource human rights defenders.

GIVING BIG: The Impact of Large, Unrestricted Gifts on Nonprofits: This report shares the results from year one of a three-ear study of MacKenzie Scott’s giving. Click to read.

The last 2022 Thread will go out on Thursday 15th December. We would love to hear from you! Please contact us by Tuesday 13th December if you would like to share announcements, events, or resources for the next issue. 


Jobs and Tenders

People Partner, New Initiatives – Mozilla Foundation. The Mozilla Foundation is seeking a People Partner to join its People & Culture Team and provide strategic and day-to-day HR support to three Mozilla Foundation subsidiaries: MZLA Technologies, home to the Thunderbird project, a free and open-source email client; Mozilla Ventures, which will invest in companies that have a strong purpose/product fit and will appeal to consumers or influence the tech industry; and, which will help open source trustworthy AI projects to find traction and commercialize. Like the Mozilla Corporation, these initiatives will be operated as independent subsidiaries of the Mozilla Foundation. The People Partner will ensure that the three subsidiaries are supported in their growth and workforce planning. This position works with leadership to design, develop, and implement HR infrastructure to ensure the achievement of business strategic goals, using industry-specific market data to aid in decision making. They will also build on the Foundation’s commitment to embedding diversity, equity and inclusion in all people-related programs, policies, and practices. Location: Remote, UK or USA. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Out of the Shadows Index is a powerful accountability tool tracking national-level progress against sexual violence against children across 60 countries. The tool is looking for a permanent host organisation. Check the RFP & see if yours is a match. Submission deadline is 25 November 2022.

PR and Media Officer – Mama Cash. A key position within the communications team, the postholder will develop and deliver inspiring PR and media outreach strategies that will establish the relevance and visibility of Mama Cash’s brand, reputation, and profile with key stakeholders and public audiences. Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Deadline for application is 21 November.

Junior Talent Manager – Comic Relief. As Junior Talent Manager, you will play an important role in recruiting and managing talent (celebrities and influencers) for Comic Relief’s campaigns and activity.  You will work across a broad and exciting range of projects and campaigns throughout the year that combine the worlds of entertainment, sport, and charity – including Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. You will need to have a good understanding of the UK entertainment and sport landscape and have experience of working with talent and celebrities. Supporting Comic Relief’s busy talent team, you will be required to manage ad hoc projects, lead on team administration, and contribute ideas and suggestions. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised communicator, brimming with ideas and initiative with experience working as part of a small but busy team. London offices, hybrid. Deadline for application is 23 November.

Programme Officer – Marine Food Systems, Environment Programme – Oak Foundation. This is a great opportunity to join a diverse, international team within Oak Foundation’s Food Systems team. This is a solutions-focused role to help tackle the global imbalance of the world’s food supply chain by addressing the negative social and environmental impacts of distant water fishing fleets, while protecting the food security of small-scale fisheries, particularly in coastal nations in the southern hemisphere. The programme officer will oversee a grant portfolio designed to counteract threats from distant water fisheries by supporting efforts to: increase transparency, accountability, and fisheries policy reforms, reduce harmful gear and subsidies, and improve labour rights’ safeguards. The grant portfolio is highly complementary to our focus on small-scale fisheries governance reform and will require close coordination with the rest of the food system team. The position is strongly rooted in social justice and equity lens. Location: Hybrid. Deadline for application is 24 November.

Various positions – Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Various positions – Fondation de France
Various positions – Wikimedia Foundation

HR and Operations Manager – Media Defence. We are looking for a talented, HR and Operations professional to manage Human Resources, Information Technology and Office Management for a small but complex organisation. This Is the first time Media Defence will benefit from targeted HR and Operational support, so this role presents a great opportunity to shape the culture and processes of the organization. Location: London/hybrid. The closing date for applications is 28 November

Senior Grants Accountant – Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Responsible for reviewing domestic and international grantees’ financial statements, proposals and budgets for financial stability, accuracy and IRS compliance. Review and maintain legal status of grantee organizations by either performing equivalency determinations or obtaining legal opinions. Oversee the process of expenditure responsibility reporting requirements, maintain required documentation and prepare schedules for the Foundation’s 990PF. Review grantee reports for compliance with grant conditions and proper expenditure of funds. Assist with the preparation and approval of payments. Advise program staff about Foundation policies and procedures related to grant processing. Keep abreast of current trends and practices in international grantmaking. Other duties and tasks may be assigned. Location: Flint, Michigan, USA. Deadline for application is 2

Manager, Southwest – Lloyds Bank Foundation. The Manager in the South West is responsible for the portfolio of funded organisations in the region. This includes assessing new grant applications and working with funded organisations to meet their own ambitions for organisational development. Our funded charity partners are spread across the region and you will be required to travel frequently across the region and to the Foundation’s London office. Given the nature of the work, we also pay an essential car allowance or will cover public transport costs.Location: Wales. Deadline for application is 5 December.

Officer for Digital Marketing and Campaigns – Mama Cash. A key position within the communications team, the postholder will develop and deliver on all aspects of digital marketing, campaign development and implementation and is responsible for the digital marketing budget. Key success indicators will include increased brand awareness, higher rates of supporter engagement, an increase in overall number of supporters and an increase in income generated through digital marketing strategies. The person will also contribute to lead generation for the individual donor department. Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Deadline for application is 6 December

Learning Lead and Documenter Lead – Learning to Practice Transformative Justice. We are recruiting for two roles to join a micro team as we undertake the distribution of a series of learning grants. These learning grants are serving two different functions: One set is for us to learn more about different approaches for distributing money, this is about the how. The second is about what to fund. Location: remote and flexible. Deadline for application is 12

Various positions – Open Society Foundations.
Various positions – American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
Various positions – Ford Foundation
Various positions – National Lottery Community Fund
Various positions – Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human 

*For more jobs, see the ‘Career Opportunities’ section of the Ariadne portalTo address pay gaps in the charity sector, we strongly encourage you to #showthesalary in your job adverts.


Public Meetings

Berlin, Germany

28-30 March

SAVE THE DATE – ARIADNE’S GREAT RECONNECT 2023: We loved seeing many of you in Lille in April and are excited to announce the dates for next year’s Ariadne’s Great Reconnect in Berlin: 28–30 March 2023. While we are working hard on developing a rich program that will include something for everyone, we ask you to save the date!


1st December

Beyond Data: Reclaiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse.
Digital Civil Society Lab Fellow Elizabeth Renieris (2021-22) will speak as part of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s talk series Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century, exploring the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life. Register here. 

December Alliance livestream: A Year in Philanthropy. 2022 has been a tumultuous year for the world and so too for philanthropy. Join Alliance magazine to make sense of it. On the agenda: Philanthropy’s response to war in Ukraine, globalisation of philanthropy and the influence of elite philanthropists, rise of intermediaries, pooled funds and aggregated capital, trust-based philanthropy, strategic philanthropy and effective altruism and royal philanthropy in the dock. Register here.



6th December

My Body, My Decision: Accountability for Bodily Autonomy and Self-Care in a Rapidly Changing World: Bodily autonomy and decision-making are critical for the realization of everyone’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and are the cornerstone of self-care. Join the SCTG Country Advocacy Working Group (CAWG) for an in-depth discussion on mechanisms and strategies to promote accountability for bodily autonomy, agency, and self-care. What have been opportunities and challenges for the Generation Equality Forum to mobilize action in these areas and how can we strengthen accountability for local impact? What are examples of successful advocacy and accountability efforts to enhance bodily autonomy and self-care at the country level? Find the answers to these questions and more at this virtual, SCTG CAWG event organized by White Ribbon Alliance, CEHURD, Fòs Feminista, and Global Fund for Women. Register here.

Dublin, Ireland

7th & 8th December

Access to Justice in Data Protection Workshop: At the Digital Freedom Fund, we wish to provide a space for the EU digital rights communities to jointly map out GDPR implementation issues and come up with a collective strategy for combatting access to justice issues within the data protection space. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as spaces are limited. All organisations that are working on data protection issues within the European Union are encouraged to apply. Register here. Should you have any questions or wish to complete an offline version of the application form, then please email us at with “Access to Justice in Data Protection Workshop” in the subject line.

Ariadne’s core operations are supported by the American Jewish World Service, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Ariadne is also supported by voluntary contributions from its participants.

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