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Case Study: Cherokee Preservation Foundation

This Case Study, published to complement the GFCF report ‘An Untapped Resource? The Extractives Industry and Community Self-management of Assets’, is one in an occasional series highlighting community foundations that have been formed with substantial revenue from corporate investors to explore how communities harness these assets for the greatest collective good. Data for this study was compiled through interviews with Susan Jenkins, former executive director of Cherokee Preservation Foundation, video interviews with stakeholders, and the foundation’s website and publications.

Author: Mary Fifield

Published by: GFCF

Published: February 2017 

Download ‘Case Study: Cherokee Preservation Foundation.’ See also the accompanying report ‘An Untapped Resource? The Extractives Industry and Community Self-management of Assets’. 


When Size Matters: The phenomenon of community foundations in small towns and rural areas of Russia 

This research paper considers a phenomenon in local philanthropy development in small industrial and non-industrial towns, single-industry towns and rural areas in Russia known collectively as ‘rural funds‘. The goal of the research was to analyze the current state and activities of community foundations working in small towns and settlements, explore the characteristic features of this type of foundation and the role they play in local community development as a unique phenomenon of local philanthropic activity in Russia. 

Authors: Larisa Avrorina & Yulia Khodorova

Published by: CAF Russia

Published: 2017

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Growing Individual Giving: Learning from Experiences in Serbia, Czech Republic and Romania

What are the needs and interests of individual donors in Serbia, Czech Republic and Romania? Individual donors want to be part of the solution, argue the authors of this report, but they are seldom asked what they think. 

Using the "Most Significant Change" methodology, the report’s authors explore the levels of change observed and experienced by 24 individual donors to PACT Foundation (Romania), Trag Foundation (Serbia), and Via Foundation (Czech Republic) and to understand how and what such donors are looking for in terms of information from the organizations they support.

This work was published as part of a 2016 joint initiative of the GFCF and the WK Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy aimed at connecting research and practice to advance the field of global community philanthropy.

Author: Alice Teodorescu & Ioana Traista

Published by: PACT Foundation, Romania

Published: February 2017

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An Untapped Resource? The Extractives Industry and Community Self-management of Assets

In this period of intense global flux, the international community is grappling with two formidable and simultaneous phenomena: the exponential growth of resource extraction and the rise of local communities demanding their right to self‑determination. From Mongolia to Madagascar to Brazil, resource extraction is occurring on a larger scale than ever before, and many of these projects are being executed in increasingly remote regions that are home to Indigenous and rural communities. While these industries have played a major role in increasing standards of living and global prosperity generally, it is also widely recognized that benefits and negative impacts have not been evenly shared. Significant conflict has accompanied the unprecedented economic growth of the last several decades.

Is it possible for extractive corporations to support community self‑determination and communities’ capacity to govern their assets over the long term? Is long‑term corporate investment in / corporate funding for community foundations a viable mechanism to achieve this goal, both for communities and companies? To explore these questions, the GFCF and First Peoples Worldwide embarked on a joint research project, which combined a literature review, consultation with industry and civil society leaders, and interviews with corporate representatives for social investment from major oil and mining companies.

Authors: Mary Fifield, Jenny Hodgson, Nick Pelosi

Published by: GFCF

Published: February 2017

Download ‘An Untapped Resource? The Extractives Industry and Community Self-management of Assets’. See also the accompanying Case Study on the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.


Community philanthropy: a way forward for human rights?

The paper is a synthesis of preliminary research that looks at the current state of play around human rights among three clusters of organizations: local human rights funds, community philanthropy organizations that explicitly fund human rights along with other work, and community philanthropy organizations that fund human rights under a different rubric. It offers a look at what exists and how a framework for advancing this work might be developed to engage different community philanthropy organizations in different ways according to their relative strengths and capacities in each context. It concludes by arguing that external funders and local actors together can design effective interventions by building on insights from community philanthropy experiences – including constituency building as well as local resource mobilization – around the world.

Author: Mona Younis

Published by: GFCF 

Published: February 2017

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A Different Kind of Funder? Why and How Funders Support Community Philanthropy 

This paper sets out the findings from interviews with representatives of six funder agencies supporting community philanthropy and seeks to explore why funders support the field, and what it means for the ways in which they work. Additionally, this inquiry is interested in the contribution that funders believe they make to advance their own organizational goals and objectives as well as those of community philanthropy. It also sheds light on the type of support that funders would welcome from community philanthropy support organizations and networks.

The inquiry reveals that community philanthropy is attractive to funders for different reasons, suggesting that advocacy efforts should be tailored and customized. Furthermore, variations in funder motivation and intention inform different practices or behaviour. This, in turn, leads to various contributions to development goals and objectives. Finally, the paper submits that community philanthropy support organizations and networks may need to step into a bolder convening, coordinating, and catalyzing role, as funder agencies have an ongoing appetite for technical backstopping, learning and collective sense making. 

Author: Susan Wilkinson-Maposa  

Published by: GFCF & The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University

Published: January 2017

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