Philanthropists have a new way to partner on the SDGs

Peter Thomson, president of the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly, visits the SDG Media Zone set up at the Visitors’ Plaza of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo by: Ariana Lindquist / U.N.

Foundations will contribute at least $364 billion to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, according to the Foundation Center. But philanthropy alone cannot foot the $3.5 trillion bill.

Enter the SDG Philanthropy Platform, a new collaboration between philanthropy and the international development community, aiming to maximize resources through coordination and collaboration and to address some of the challenges that have limited the impact of foundations.

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.