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Friday
Jul202018

Unlocking Philanthropy’s Potential: What Funders Can Do to Build Strong Philanthropy Support Ecosystems

This guide is for funders who wish to understand how they can contribute to unlocking philanthropy’s potential to build more resilient, sustainable and democratic societies. This is what the philanthropy support ecosystem, also called philanthropy infrastructure, is all about. It is about developing and harnessing private resources for social good, building civil society and democracy, and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is central to the mission of all visionary funders who want to increase the impact and sustainability of their work, and #LiftUpPhilanthropy. 

Author: Benjamin Bellegy

Published by: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)

Published: June 2018

Download: ‘Unlocking Philanthropy’s Potential’

Thursday
May242018

Philanthropy in Brazil

This report on Brazilian philanthropy is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fourth report from the study: the earlier three reports in the series are on Indian philanthropy, Russian philanthropy and Philanthropy in the Arab Region.

Like the other reports, this is not a full-scale statistical survey of Brazilian philanthropy. Instead, it aims to throw light on current developments in, obstacles to, and possibilities for philanthropy in Brazil, especially highlighting innovations and new initiatives. This has been done partly through looking at existing research, but mainly through a series of conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy in the country.

The areas covered include various forms of giving by the wealthy, including corporate philanthropy, family foundations and impact investing, social justice philanthropy, community philanthropy, and giving by ordinary individuals. The report also looks at the political situation in Brazil, which is the background against which all developments in philanthropy are unfolding, and how this situation is affecting the different parts of the philanthropic sector.

Authors: Caroline Hartnell & Andrew Milner

Published by: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace 

Published: May 2018

Download ‘Philanthropy in Brazil’ (full report). The summary report is also available in Portuguese and English.

Thursday
Apr192018

A Guide to Community Foundations in Italy 

The community philanthropy movement is growing rapidly all over the world. In Italy, the establishment of community foundations began in 1999, and there are now 37 registered Italian community foundations. Different in terms of origin, size, vision, methodology and operations, and deeply rooted in the fabric of a given community, Italian community foundations represent different forms of community philanthropy. But they are always platforms that provide a bridge between local institutions and third-sector organizations in order to deal, at the local level, with the complex, social, economic and cultural challenges that characterize today’s world. This guide examines the history of the movement in Italy, the legal and fiscal context in which they operate, facts and figures on the field, as well as stories from individual organizations.

Authors: Assifero & European Community Foundation Initiative

Published by: Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen e.V.

Published: April 2018

Download: A Guide to Community Foundations in Italy

Thursday
Apr192018

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Make That Happen

While slogans like “think globally, act locally” have been around for decades, so much decision making about philanthropy and development aid still happens by stakeholders outside of affected communities. This GrantCraft Leadership Series paper focuses on how funders around the globe are challenging this norm by sharing and shifting power into the hands of local leadership. It explores examples, advice, and the driving questions for donors interested in producing people-owned changes, without losing sight of their institutional interests. Donors interested in producing lasting results that are people-owned and led will find this particularly valuable.

Authors: Jenny Hodgson & Anna Pond

Published by: Foundation Center

Published: April 2018

Download: 'How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Make That Happen'

Thursday
Mar222018

Philanthropy in the Arab Region 

This report on philanthropy in the Arab region is part of a larger study, started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the third report from the study - earlier editions focused on Indian Philanthropy and Russian Philanthropy.

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in the Arab region, particularly shining a light on new areas and innovation within philanthropy, and the implications of these for its future role. While it draws on existing reports and articles where available, the main aim is to throw light on Arab philanthropy through conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. It looks at what currently exists in their particular area of philanthropy and what role it is playing in relation to the state and the private sector; what is driving it and what is holding it back; what potential role it could play and what is needed for the potential to be realized. It also shares examples of outstanding achievements.

Author: Caroline Hartnell

Published by: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

Published: March 2018

Download Philanthropy in the Arab Region’ (full report). The summary report is also available in Arabic and English

Thursday
Mar222018

Local Leadership, Global Impact: Community Foundations and the Sustainable Development Goals 

While the contributions of the broader philanthropic sector are well-known in the international development realm, community foundations globally have yet to play a major role in conversations about the SDGs. And many community foundations around the world are unaware of the SDGs and how they are relevant to their work. The February 2018 North American Community Foundations Summit in Mexico City introduced the SDGs to community foundations from across the continent. This report is a foundational document and companion to the Summit, bridging a gap in understanding how community foundations around the world can operate through the lens of the SDGs, and showing the rest of the international development community the ways in which community foundations can play a transformational role in achieving the SDGs.

Author: Natalie Ross, Council on Foundations

Published by: Community Foundations of Canada, Comunalia, Council on Foundations

Published: February 2018

Download Local Leadership, Global Impact: Community Foundations and the Sustainable Development Goals