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Thursday
Nov092017

Russia Giving 2017 

This year’s Russia Giving report is the first of an international series, which will also include reports covering Brazil, Canada, India, South Africa, UK and the US. As this collection of country reports grows, it allows for comparison of trends in giving for the first time: how people of different ages and social groups give in different countries; the way they give; the rise of online or text giving; the importance of sponsorship and the different causes people support. The hope is that this suite of reports will provide greater understanding than ever before around the different ways in which people give and the lessons that can be learned from giving in different parts of the world.

Some highlights of the Russia Giving report include: 

  • Half the country donated money to charity in the past 12 months
  • Supporting children is the most likely cause that people will give to
  • Giving via text message was the most common method of donation

Published by: Charities Aid Foundation

Published: November 2017 

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Tuesday
Oct242017

Philanthropy in India 

This report on Indian philanthropy is part of a larger study in other emerging economies to review the current state of philanthropy and what role it is playing in the world. The study does not attempt to address the acknowledged lack of comprehensive and reliable data on philanthropy in India. Rather it aims to throw light on the current state of Indian philanthropy through conversations with people who have been trying to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. This includes various forms of giving by the wealthy; social justice philanthropy, self-funded activist movements and community philanthropy; and giving by individuals of modest means.

The aim is to provide an overview of philanthropy in India, particularly shining a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy in order to better address the question: how to support and build philanthropy’s role as an agent of social change?

Author: Caroline Hartnell

Published by: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

Published: October 2017 

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Monday
Oct232017

Case Study: Clayoquot Biosphere Trust 

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 Tammy Dorward, Board CoChair, Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director, and Laura Loucks, Research Coordinator, and review of the Trust’s website and publications.

Author: Mary Fifield

Published by: GFCF

Published: October 2017 

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

Thursday
Oct122017

Giving projects: cultivating people of color as fundraisers and donors 

Across the U.S., community foundations have started a new movement to build power and capacity for philanthropic leadership among people of color. Community foundations, particularly those with an overt commitment to racial justice, are launching Giving Projects that position people of color as fundraisers for and donors to social justice work. The Headwaters Foundation for Justice believes that foundations who use a racial justice lens in their grantmaking should also use a racial justice lens in their hiring and recruitment, as well as in their grantmaking and fundraising practices. The research explores the following questions:

  1. How does the Giving Project model and experience impact how people of color see themselves as philanthropists?
  2. How might race and class factor into their philanthropy, as well as beliefs and attitudes about fundraising and giving?
  3. What attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and values did the participants hold in common?

This report summarizes the preliminary findings and identifies areas for further exploration. It serves as a resource to foundations involved in Giving Projects, as well as for those considering how race and class impact donors of color and their giving habits.

Authors: Allison Johnson Heist, Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Published by: Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Published: August 2017

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Thursday
Sep072017

Building bridges for local good - a guide to community foundations in Europe 

This report, produced by the European Community Foundation Initiative on the eve of their first annual conference, provides a look at the diversity which characterizes the approximately 670 community foundations in Europe. In 27 European countries, citizens are actively committed at a local level to improving their community. The differences in the general political, economic and sociocultural conditions become secondary; what connects people is their common goal. The report considers the field from a social science point of view, reflects on the future of the movement on the continent, and also provides a snapshot of the support organizations working to support community foundations in Europe.

Editors: Anja Böllhoff, Judith Engelke, Burkhard Küstermann, Anke Pätsch

Published by: European Community Foundation Initiative

Published: September 2017

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Monday
Sep042017

Resilient funders 

The closing space of civil society around the world over the last decades has created a challenge for social, economic, and environmental funders of civil society organizations. Funders are working in restrictive political environments and are subject to new and enhanced state restrictions on their activities, increased cost of funding from new red tape, and even physical and other immediate threats to their staff and networks.

While most work in the area focuses on advocacy for civil society organizations and enabling policy environments, little research looks at the key practices of resilient funders that enable them to continue to operate under shifting circumstances. This study considers a cross section of social change funders working in countries of concern that are creating ways to ensure that funds can continue to have an impact on issues as the space to operate narrows.

This paper applies a resilience lens to the funding sector and suggests ways that this lens can help evaluate and interpret how to continue supporting the civil society sector in old ways and new.

Authors: Chris Allan and Scott DuPree

Published by: Global Greengrants Fund & GFCF

Published: August 2017

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