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Romania’s Community Card Program - turning local shoppers and businesses into philanthropists 

In 2009, the Community Foundation of Odorheiu Secuiescpartnered with a local supermarket chain to launch the SOLCARD, orCommunity Card. The Community Card is essentially a customer reward card with a social twist. Most customer reward cards give some percentage or points back to the consumer that can be redeemed for reimbursement in the form of coupons or discounts. The Community Card Program does the same, offering users a percentage back on their purchase. But the difference between the Community Card Program and other rewards cards is that the savings to the consumer are matched with a donation to the Community Foundation of Odorheiu Secuiesc from the participating company. So every time a local individual uses their card they save money on their purchase, and the company contributes to the community foundation’s Local Development Fund. 

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New GFCF grants in Kenya, Kosovo and Uganda 

Supporting the rights of sexual minorities, encouraging youth civic engagement, and growing local philanthropy: read on for more information on three new GFCF grants.

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Growing ambition in a shrinking space: Hungary’s community foundations after the election 

The build-up to and results of the Hungarian general election confirmed my feeling that my nation has become the “Syria” of Europe. Just a decade ago, it was unthinkable that Hungary could so quickly again become the battleground for major ideologies and political strategies. It could not be envisaged that the world’s strongest global players, including Russia and the European Union, would influence it so fundamentally, whilst each claiming that they are doing nothing, or can’t do anything more.

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New report explores if philanthropy is rising to the occasion in Brazil 

This report on Brazilian philanthropy is part of a larger study by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), started in 2016, to review the current state of philanthropy in emerging economies and the role philanthropy is playing in the world today. This is the fourth report from the study, which we hope will eventually form part of the Philanthropy Bridge Series. The earlier three reports in the series are on Indian philanthropy (published October 2017), Russian philanthropy (published January 2018) and Philanthropy in the Arab Region (published March 2018).

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