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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

Tuesday
Feb062018

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy 

Based on more than 20 interviews with some of philanthropy’s foremost actors and thinkers, and on three workshops with professionals and practitioners from civil society networks, foundations, infrastructure organizations or research centres, this report builds and expands on the work previously done on the WINGS Global Institutional Philanthropy Report 2010, and presents a qualitative view of the field, based on the following seven aspects: individual giving; institutional giving; community philanthropy; beyond grants (different uses of philanthropic money); collaboration; philanthropy government and civil society; and, infrastructure organizations.

In the midst of growing challenges – some external and some internal, some manageable and some out of our control – the report also gives some indication of how to move forward, showing specifically how technology can become a strength and an asset for non-profits, how civil society organizations ought to protect themselves against shrinking civic space, how infrastructure organizations can and must rethink their scope and responsibilities, and how philanthropy in general needs to tackle the question of inequality and wealth distribution. 

Author: Andrew Milner

Published by: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) 

Published: February 2018

Download ‘The Global Landscape of Philanthropy’

Tuesday
Jan302018

Philanthropy in Russia 

This report on Russian 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 report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in Russia, based on conversations with people who have been working to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. The report’s aim is to shine a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy in Russia. The hope is that this will enable those in the sector to better address the questions: what is the role and purpose of philanthropy and how do we build a supportive ecosystem for it?

Author: Caroline Hartnell

Published by: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

Published: January 2018

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

Monday
Jan292018

GFCF Annual Report, 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 

The GFCF Annual Report, covering the period 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017, offers a snapshot of the organization’s activities for the financial year. The report is broken down by the GFCF’s three strategic priorities: supporting organizations that #ShiftThePower; connecting the field and growing the #ShiftThePower evidence base; and, building a global movement to #ShiftThePower. The highlight of the period was undoubtedly the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, held December 2016 in Johannesburg.

Published by: GFCF

Published: January 2018

Download ‘A Year to #ShiftThePower, GFCF Annual Report 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017’