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Global Dialogue enables independent funders to work together to realise ambitious goals and create lasting change. We are a platform for philanthropic partnership, assisting donors to develop shared strategies, test new approaches, and deliver lasting impact by aligning grants or pooling funds.

Global Dialogue was established in 2007 as a philanthropic support organisation with a vision to promote innovation in the human rights movement. Our foundational programme, the Strategic Fund for Turkey, was created in partnership with the Sigrid Rausing Trust and enabled several private funders to support the emerging human rights movement in Turkey at a critical time of transition in the region.

We were the first philanthropic support organisation to develop a UK equivalent to ‘fiscal sponsorship’, and we’re proud to have hosted the Ariadne network, since its establishment in 2009. Discussions amongst Ariadne members seeking to build public support for human rights in the UK led to the creation of the Thomas Paine Initiative, Global Dialogue’s first pooled fund.

Global Dialogue is now an independent, international platform for philanthropic p+artnership. We offer independent hosting, regranting, incubation and special initiatives capacity, specialising in supporting collaboration on problems that are too big or complex for funders to solve alone. Our portfolio reflects our long-standing commitment to human rights and social change, but we hold broad charitable objects that enable us to house any activities that are charitable under the law of England and Wales. We are based in London and work both nationally and internationally, and hold a 501(c)(3) Equivalency Determination through NGO Source that enables us to partner with donors based in the USA. We look forward to working with you.

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