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Tuesday
Oct312017

Upcoming webinar on “Sustaining civic action: towards a global movement for respectful partnership and responsible exit”

If the international community is to deliver on its promises to the most vulnerable people, then civil society actors need to be independent, effective, credible and sustainable. Join this upcoming webinar on 14 November 2017, from 13h - 15h GMT, to explore how funders and intermediary organizations can support the sustainability of grantees and partners.

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Tuesday
Oct312017

Burning issues and active citizens in Ukraine: using technology to strengthen community engagement

In 2016, the GFCF launched the Burning Issues grants and learning programme. From supporting environmental activists in Mexico who face a climate of violence and insecurity, to exploring the use of shared spaces in Northern Ireland to address disadvantage and division, to equipping and encouraging youth groups in Kosovo to become more active and positive contributors to their communities, the small grants serve as investments for community philanthropy organizations to strengthen their response to critical local issues. These grants are intended to begin the process of tackling complex and deep rooted societal ills.

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Tuesday
Oct312017

Start with what you have, not what you lack: how Appreciative Inquiry put SCAT back on track

Since the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) was started in 1984, it has played an important role tackling social injustice in partnering with the poorest communities in the Northern, Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa, and more recently the Free State. Through its grantmaking, it has helped hundreds of small organizations address issues from human rights, gender equity, HIV and AIDS as well as local economic development. Challenged by changes in staff and management as well as an evolving operating landscape, a GFCF grant allowed SCAT to invest in a faciliated Appreciative Inquiry process (AI).

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Tuesday
Oct312017

“Mind The Gap” - reflections from Palestine on why participatory grantmaking is essential to #ShiftThePower closer to the people

I was dragging my luggage around the beautiful city of Cardiff, in Wales, or Cymryu, as said by the local people’s language. Every now and then, I would search for my phone in my purse, open the camera app, and frame beautiful looking Victorian buildings on the six-inch screen. I was in the city to attend the European Community Foundation Initiative conference, Building Bridges for Local Good.

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