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Power, democracy and decolonizing philanthropy in the Global South: reflections from the Africa Philanthropy Network conference

From 8 – 9 November, by invitation of the GFCF, I had the opportunity to represent the Brazilian Philanthropy Network for Social Justice – together with Maria Amália Souza of the CASA Socio-Environmental Fund – at the Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) Conference, held in Mauritius. The main theme of the conference was "Giving and power”, a strategic topic and one of great interest to me personally, but nonetheless still slightly unusual in the field of philanthropy.

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Building the collective strength of women’s groups in Hong Kong - a Q & A with the HER Fund 

The initial idea for the HER Fund first came about around 2001, and developed further as the founders came to more fully understand the need for more support - particularly around core functions and advocacy efforts - for civil society groups fighting for women’s rights in Hong Kong. More than a decade of work later, the Fund has learned a lot about growing local networks, building a local resource mobilization strategy, and the importance of “just getting out there.” The GFCF spoke to Judy Kan, Acting Executive Director of the HER Fund, to find out more.

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Deepening the conversation at the regional level: new Spanish and Portuguese resources now available

Language and meaning matter: in English, the term “community philanthropy” is far from being established or understood as a pillar of mainstream philanthropy and development. The same is true in other languages, with the words “community” and “philanthropy” often contested in terms of how they are defined and what they are seen to stand for. The GFCF is pleased to have worked with some of our partners in Latin America – including the Brazil Social Justice Philanthropy Network, Fondo Acción Solidaria A.C. (FASOL), Monteverde Community Fund and some excellent translators – on translations of our recently published GrantCraft paper (Spanish translation already available), as well as our new animated film “The Answer is Local” (Spanish and Portuguese translations are live!).

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How doing good is good for business - Vietnam's LIN Center connects with local corporates

On 28 June 2018, the LIN Center for Community Development, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce HCMC and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, proudly hosted their second annual conference How Doing Good is Good for Business. This year’s conference introduced and facilitated discussion about the creation of shared value models, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development, providing participants with a unique platform for developing understanding and building partnerships that will create socio-economic impact in Vietnam.

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