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Friday
Apr042014

What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? 

What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? Case Studies on Community Philanthropy - Vol. 1

Barry Knight & Andrew Milner, CENTRIS, 2014

What makes the global spread of community philanthropy organizations so exciting is the variety of forms they take, adaptations to different local contexts, challenges, resources, and leaders. The core similarities matter—all in some way help geographic communities mobilize financial and other kinds of capital for improvement of the lives of residents. But so do the differences. Some have endowments, some don’t. Some are large, more are small. Some call themselves community foundations, others do not. This diversity is one sign of community philanthropy’s flexibility, potential, and rising popularity.

But it also presents a challenge to those who want to better understand and support community philanthropy, especially on a global level. A practice so varied, so organic and tied to local conditions, complicates classification, resists general conclusions, and calls for lots of learning through example. A movement relatively young and quickly evolving, with a limited body of applied research, requires ongoing documentation and study.

So it was that the C.S. Mott Foundation—which has supported a number of initiatives to strengthen and expand community philanthropy—commissioned Barry Knight of CENTRIS to explore the work and develop case studies of eight community philanthropy organizations around the world.

Friday
Dec072012

A year of Young Nitra Philanthropists

This 30-minute film made by the Nitra Community Foundation (Slovakia), describes the foundation's ‘Young Nitra Philanthropists’ programme, which puts young people in charge of their own small-scale grantmaking programmes and promotes a culture of giving for various types of civic activities (such as small-scale environmental regeneration projects, cultural activities, etc.).

The film was made with grant funding from the GFCF's Youth Civic Engagement Programme.

Monday
Jan162012

Fostering local leadership in the Amazon region: Interview with the director of the Amazon Partnerships Foundation

GFCF (2010)

Mary Fifield helped to set up a community foundation in Ecuador with a focus on environmental issues – the Amazon Partnerships Foundation (Fundaciòn Tarpuna Causay). She spoke to the Global Fund for Community Foundations about her experience.

Fostering local leadership in the Amazon region: Interview with the director of the Amazon Partnerships Foundation

Monday
Jan162012

'Rooted in the country, rooted in the community': the Story of the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund

GFCF (2011)

 Interview with Tanja Bjelanovic, Programme Director at the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund, about the establishment of the organization in 1999 and some of the challenges that Serbia’s largest grassroots grantmaking fund has encountered along the way.

'Rooted in the country, rooted in the community': the Story of the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund

 

Friday
Jan132012

'Nothing really made it easy except that things got complicated': The story of the Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation

GFCF (2011)

Interview with Marwa al-Daly, founder of the Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation (WMCF), about the circumstances surrounding the Foundation’s establishment, and the influence of the events of the Arab Spring.

'Nothing really made it easy except that things got complicated': The story of the Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation

 

Tuesday
Nov292011

"Dreams unleashed": the Dalia Association and "Women Supporting Women"

An account of the Dalia Association's involvement with a project called 'Women Supporting Women' in Nablus, and how "There's nothing we can do" became "We did that!" as the women grew to believe in their capacity to create change in their community. This commentary shows how, even under military occupation, dreams can be unleashed ...

"Dreams unleashed": the Dalia Association and Women Supporting Women