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Blog: More than the Poor Cousin


“If Dalits can establish a community foundation then any community - no matter how marginalized - can do it too” 

On 28 November 2018, together with GFCF board chair, Rita Thapa, and several community philanthropy partners from across India, I attended the launch of the Dalit Community Foundation in Patna, the capital of India’s north-eastern Bihar state. The event was held in a centrally located hotel and the turn-out was high, with the Dalit community, NGOs and local media all represented.

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#ShiftThePower: how are we doing? Reflections on two years of a hash-tag

It was around the middle of 2016 when our organization, the Global Fund for Community Foundations, started to use the hash-tag #ShiftThePower. Our plan was very practical: we wanted to promote a conference that we were organizing in Johannesburg in December of that year. The Global Summit on Community Philanthropy was the first meeting of its kind, bringing together and celebrating the rapidly-growing, vibrant and wonderfully diverse global community philanthropy movement. For too long, the role of this particular set of institutions – community foundations, grassroots grantmakers, women’s funds, environmental funds and other kinds of community development foundations – had been overlooked by most of mainstream philanthropy and development and we wanted to change that.

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