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Wednesday
Mar222017

Values-based, tactical, blended - why do donors support community philanthropy? Join the conversation!

Is community philanthropy a means to an end or a end in itself? Drawing on interviews with various donors currently supporting community philanthropy and / or community driven development, a new report by Susan Wilkinson-Maposa seeks to explore some of the institutional and strategic motivations behind their investments and to encourage a more open discussion among funders and practitioners about strategy and effectiveness.

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Human rights, rural funds in Russia, extractives industry and individual giving in Central Europe: new reports shed light on different dimensions of community philanthropy  

A few years’ ago, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation published a report called What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? With its emphasis on some of the less visible dimensions of effective development – the “runny glue” of social trust, the “plumbing and wiring” of a resilient and rooted civil society sector, and the “more than money” value of grantmaking, all important and, perhaps obvious, stuff – community philanthropy can be hard to sum up. The GFCF is very pleased, therefore, to be investing in, and sharing, new resources that shine a light on community philanthropy and its application across a range of contexts and conversations. Here are four of those:

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Position: #ShiftThePower, Part-Time Platform Coordinator 

The 2016 Global Summit on Community Philanthropy was organized with the intention of shifting the fields of development and philanthropy towards a new paradigm of “people based development,” giving primacy to building local assets, capacities and trust. The Summit’s rallying cry, #ShiftThePower, ultimately reached a social media audience of more than 37 million users, and has since been widely used to describe, and advocate for, a long-overdue change in focus towards community-led, durable development.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Reflections on the 2017 WINGS Forum from a first-time participant

“Critical Philanthropy: Addressing Complexity, Challenging Ourselves” was the title of the 2017 WINGS Forum, held in Mexico City in February. Did the Forum live up to its title? Hear from two GFCF partners, both attending their first WINGS Forum, on the complexities and challenges raised by the Forum, and what they took with them back to their offices (beyond the signature Forum maracas!).

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