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Thursday
Jun152017

Using the power of philanthropy in the public interest in Kenya 

Kenya, like the rest of Africa, is not overpopulated. It is just over-concentrated and deeply inequitable. At the same time, it is home to innovation, young industry, a growing internal consumer market and a middle class with disposable incomes. New opportunities for philanthropy exist in these new conditions.

Authors: Constant Cap & Irungu Houghton, Kilimani Project Foundation 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016

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Thursday
Jun152017

Where the horizontal meets the vertical 

From 1997 to 2010, Kenya enjoyed a significant share of foreign aid with many organizations depending entirely on it for their operation. Following the recession and the subsequent reclassification of Kenya as a low- to middle-income country, aid flows have fallen off. Through these changes, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and similar groups have persisted in promoting a model that seeks to entrench local giving and to support this horizontal form of philanthropy by using the funds it raises to catalyse funding from external sources.

Authors: Caesar Ngule & Janet Mawiyoo, Kenya Community Development Foundation 

Published by: Alliance Magazine

Published: November 2016 

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Sunday
Jun112017

Authenticity & the Participation Revolution

Two papers that ask what changes might be needed to create a more authentic international and national humanitarian response.

"Participation and Community Engagement; the challenge to make it Authentic," Martin Dawes, CDAC Secretariat, May 2017

"Seeing the woods and the trees: the quiet rise of community philanthropy," Jenny Hodgson, Global Fund for Community Foundations, May 2017

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Thursday
Jun082017

Building Community Philanthropy in Vietnam: Understanding the experiences and expectations of donors to the LIN Center for Community Development

From 2009 to 2016, the LIN Center for Community Development, based in Ho Chi Minh City, received contributions from over 561 unique donors, of whom two‑thirds were Vietnamese. Most of these were relatively small contributions (less than US$25), and roughly 85% of all donations were designated to a single LIN programme. 

Seeking to better understand the experiences and expectations of donors to the LIN Center, this study (based on an online survey and one-on-one interviews) was undertaken in 2016 and explores: the reasons they contributed; their level of satisfaction; and, any challenges and unmet expectations they encountered or observed as a donor to LIN. The purpose of the research was to assess the potential for increasing local support and any requirements or unique propositions for being able to do just that. The research was also intended to serve as a case study on the relationships between one community philanthropy organization and the donors supporting its work to build local capacity, connect local resources and promote trust in local not‑for‑profit organizations. 

Authors: Dana Doan and the LIN Center staff 

Published by: GFCF 

Published: June 2017 

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Tuesday
Mar212017

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’. 

Monday
Mar202017

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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