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The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is a grassroots grantmaker working to promote and support institutions of community philanthropy around the world.



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Shifting power through evidence: Announcing new GFCF research grants programme 

In a recent paper commissioned by the GFCF, Hilary Gilbert writes: “The history of development is littered with poor practice, and the power imbalance between funders and those they fund ensures that donors have little incentive to adjust their approach. But what if evidence of better outcomes could provide that incentive?”

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When theory and practice interact - thoughts on the 2018 International Society for Third-Sector Research conference 

The 2018 International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) conference in Amsterdam brought together 675 participants from around the world to exchange their research expertise on civil society, philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

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“If Dalits can establish a community foundation then any community - no matter how marginalized - can do it too” 

On 28 November 2018, together with GFCF board chair, Rita Thapa, and several community philanthropy partners from across India, I attended the launch of the Dalit Community Foundation in Patna, the capital of India’s north-eastern Bihar state. 




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