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Beyond Money & Grantmaking: The Emerging Role of Community Foundations

Avila Kilmurray & Lew Feldstein (ed) TCFN

A TCFN working group defined the various non-grantmaking roles community foundations play and the obstacles to playing such roles, and seeks specific examples of successful leadership roles community foundation have played. The group established that there are common nongrantmaking roles and leadership activities performed by community foundations within our working group, and increasingly, around the world. The group identified issues that are central to better understanding how and why community foundations engage in leadership roles. The issues selected were also ones for which there is very little literature specific to community foundations. The group looked at a variety of ways to
compile this information and to make it accessible to the field.

This book is a result of this work.

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Community Foundations: Have We Been Slow To Take Up Social Justice Issues? 

Carolyn Milne (2001) TCFN

Virtual and actual site visits to community foundations in Siberia, England and Northern Ireland prompt a reflection on why community foundations have generally been slow to demonstrate leadership on social justice issues. It is possible that our strengths (objectivity, breadth, facilitation, for example) contribute to our lack of leadership in creating a civil society. The chronic tension between our roles of grantmaker, community leader and fund developer may prevent us from taking risks. In some respects, the concepts of charity and justice may pull us in opposite directions. We are challenged to learn from colleagues who have “pushed the envelope” and develop a continuum of action on social justice that would encourage community foundations to be more deliberate in their self-assessment and consideration of social
justice opportunities.

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The Balance Between Bonding And Bridging Across Sectors, Discipline And Race

Olga Alexeeva (TCFN)

The bridging role of community foundations is extremely important. But do all community foundations play this role? Is bridging a natural part of community foundation life and development?

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More than the Poor Cousin? The emergence of community foundations as a new development paradigm

Hodgson, J., and Knight, B. (2010) Johannesburg, South Africa: Global Fund for Community Foundations

This paper seeks to document a significant development - the emergence over 15 years of community foundations in a range of diverse low and middle-income contexts from the Global South - from Brazil to Thailand and from South Africa to Azerbaijan. The evidence gathered from these foundations - admittedly a small group - points to the growing relevance of locally formulated community development. This marks a shift away from the top-down strategies of many government and international aid programmes towards 'people-led development'.

The sets out findings from a baseline study of 50 applications for grants from the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The paper uses information gained from the processes of assessing the grants to learn lessons about the state of the field, what it can contribute in terms of outcomes and impact, and hypotheses in taking forward work of this nature.

The report is available in several languages: