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Thursday
Mar162017

Danger, opportunity, and a new path for community asset management

Contrary to popular belief, the Mandarin character for "crisis" is not composed of the characters meaning "danger" and "opportunity." Yet, in the crises many local and global communities face right now, danger and opportunity are gliding within a razor's edge of each other.

"The razor's edge between danger and opportunity" is an apt way to describe what the GFCF team has discovered researching community management of large-scale assets. Although most Indigenous and rural communities are surrounded by valuable natural resources (from minerals to rivers to old growth forests), these assets are usually managed by corporations and/or governments, and many communities don't see long-term or commensurate economic benefit when the resources are used.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

The Summit: weaving a new, multi-coloured fabric for development

It’s hard to believe that six weeks have passed since almost 400 of us from over 60 countries gathered in Johannesburg – in the heat of the South African summer – for the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy.

At the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) we are still digesting what came out of the Summit and how we can build the momentum it created, but we are also eager to hear from you.

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