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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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Mexican Community Foundations: a Comprehensive Profile

Berger, R., Bermúdez, D., Carrillo Collard, P., and Tapia Álvarez, M. (2009) Mexico City, Mexico: Alternativas y Capacidades / Teamworks

Community foundations began emerging as philanthropic institutions in Mexico less than two decades ago. As Mexican civil society flourished, many leaders with strategic vision realized that institutions needed to be created in order to effectively gather and channel local resources to various social development initiatives. This report is a comprehensive study of Mexico’s community foundations, the purpose of which is to provide a detailed picture of their organizational, financial, and programmatic characteristics, ascertain how they meet their own institutional development needs, and identify the obstacles they face in fulfilling their goals. The report (funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, Inter-American Foundation and the Global Fund for Community Foundations) is based on extensive research that included interviews, site visits, and analysis of financial data. It was prepared by a bi-national collaboration, joining Teamworks (San Francisco) and Alternativas y Capacidades (Mexico City).

The full is available from the Teamwork's website:

Read the Complete Report in English
Read the Summary Report in English
Read the Complete Report in Spanish
Read the Summary Report in Spanish


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: