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From “Innovation for Localization” to “Local Philanthropy, Localization and Power”

November 17, 2022

n 2021, five organizations – Save the Children Denmark, Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), STAR Ghana Foundation (SGF) and the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) participated in an ambitious and experimental joint project.The aim of the project was to "test durable, locally rooted funding mechanisms" in Somalia and Ghana, with the broader purpose of contributing – by demonstration – to efforts within the international humanitarian aid and development sector to transform and localize aid. The purpose of this learning report, curated by the GFCF, is to capture some of the main insights and reflections ofthe participating organizations and to consider the broader implications of and lessons from the project. It focuses on the experiences of those involved and the larger question of how unorthodox configurations of actors and new and different kinds of partnerships might contribute towards transformative change within the international aid system. 

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Climate and Community Research Findings

June 1, 2022

This research approaches climate and community by addressing these main questions:What are the views of community organisations about climatechange and priorities for action by the community sector? What 1 barriers do they experience in taking action?  What are Community Trusts in Aotearoa New Zealand currentlydoing to catalyse a reduction in emissions and support thecommunity response to climate change?What are high-impact roles Community Trusts could play in thefuture in response to community organisations needs? What canwe learn from the leading international philanthropies? 

Climate philanthropy; Grassroots and community philanthropy

Os desafios na comunicação da filantropia comunitária e de justiça social

July 2, 2021

This publication brings together a series of four reports carried out with the communicators of the member organisations of the Philanthropy Network for Social Justice (Rede). The articles published are the result of press conferences held in mid-2020 to map and analyse the challenges for communication in community philanthropy and social justice and give visibility to the communication strategies developed by the thematic and community funds that make up the Network.Esta publicação reúne uma série de quatro reportagens realizada com os/as comunicadores/as das organizações membros da Rede de Filantropia para a Justiça Social (Rede). As reportagens publicadas são fruto de entrevistas coletivas realizadas em meados de 2020 com a finalidade de mapear e analisar os desafios para a comunicação na filantropia comunitária e de justiça social e dar visibilidade às estratégias de comunicação desenvolvidas pelos fundos temáticos e comunitários que integram a Rede.

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean

Como Criar um Fundo Emergencial: A Experiência e os Resultados do Fundo Emergencial para a Saúde na Pandemia de covid-19 no Brasil

April 29, 2021

In this publication, we share how we structured the Emergency Fund for Health Coronavirus Brazil (FES), which supported philanthropic hospitals that were at the forefront of combating the pandemic: from forming a strategic alliance, through communication campaigns and mobilizing networks and through fundraising strategies to the destination of the use of money that helped 61 philanthropic institutions throughout Brazil.Nessa publicação, contamos como estruturamos o Fundo Emergencial para a Saúde Coronavírus Brasil (FES), que apoiou hospitais filantrópicos que estavam na linha de frente do combate à pandemia: da formação de uma aliança estratégica, passando pelas campanhas de comunicação e mobilização de redes e pelas estratégias de captação de recursos até a destinação do uso do dinheiro que ajudou 61 instituições filantrópicas Brasil afora. 

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean

Global Giving Circles

December 21, 2020

This is a very relevant study which highlights how this new, more democratic, and local form of giving is spreading. There are 426 giving circles (GC) outside the US and estimate that in 2018 they gave away a combined $45.74 million in grants and involved 42,200 members. Among many of the specific findings, we found global GCs to be more frequently connected to a GC network and more often to be independently run (vs hosted) than their US counterparts, to be overwhelmingly local in their focus, and overall much younger than their US counterparts with 92% founded in the last decade. 

Cultures of Giving; Grassroots and community philanthropy; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

How the Sustainable Development Goals Can Help Community Foundations Respond to COVID-19 and Advance Racial Equity

October 28, 2020

In 2020, the Mott Foundation commissioned philanthropic researcher, Dr. Larry McGill, to examine how U.S. community foundations can use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to lead local revitalization efforts, advance racial equity and recover from the complex effects of the pandemic. The subsequent report aims to help community foundations unpack the SDG framework and use it to create an organized approach to their work toward systemic change.

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Race and Philanthropy

Expanding and Strengthening Community Philanthropy in Brazil

November 25, 2019

This paper intends to describe the current scenario of community philanthropy in Brazil and worldwide, by defining concepts and mapping important trends and experiences in the field.This work, which proposes a preliminary approach to the issue, was prepared on the basis of bibliographic and document research, as well as testimonies gathered during interviews held with a number of professionals engaging in philanthropy and private social investment in Brazil. This paper was conceived as an open-ended endeavor, a starting point, which does not purpose to be a complete or finished document, but a kickoff point to a reflection on the practices and experiences surrounding this topic, to contribute to the strengthening of community philanthropy in Brazil.

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Latin America and the Caribbean

Donors working together: The story of the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy

September 30, 2019

From 2013 – 2019, six U.S.‑based donor organizations, all active internationally, came together with the support of the GFCF to work as an alliance to build and promote community philanthropy as a global movement. There were three underlying factors that made this initiative unusual:The Alliance was a mix of private and public donor entities, who do not often work together in this way.It was based on a commitment to work collaboratively over a number of years around an idea.A key motivation was to promote new approaches to community philanthropy as an important part of the development portfolio to donors operating internationally.Surely, this makes it a story worth telling – not just to see if the collaboration achieved its goals, but also to explore what it means to be part of an 'alliance' and what lessons this Alliance may have for other donors across the globe seeking to collaborate in new ways to make a difference.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Grassroots Giving, Philanthropy and Identity, Singapore 1919-1959: Philanthropy in Asia: Working Paper No. 6

March 31, 2019

This exploratory paper examines giving and philanthropy in Singapore's grassroots community when the "Pioneer Generation" was young.Follow their journey from settling in Singapore, struggling through the Japanese Occupation, and onwards to building a new Singapore just before nationhood.With little money and many mouths to feed, pioneers and their parents still gave generously. They helped families in their old homelands survive while building new communities in Singapore. How did they manage?Join ACSEP Senior Research Associate Yu-lin Ooi for a discussion on the place of giving in Singapore's traditional Asian societies; how it is deeply embedded in our sense of self; and how philanthropy became part of grassroots life in Singapore.

Asia-Pacific; Grassroots and community philanthropy

A Scan of Community Foundations Accepting Cryptocurrency Gifts

December 14, 2018

With the proliferation of bitcoin and other forms of digital (or "crypto") currencies around the world, a growing number of charitable donations are being given via these transaction vehicles. To what extent have community foundations entered this space? Which cryptocurrencies are the most popular in the field, and which are the most popular digital payment platforms? And how do processes surrounding these gifts differ across the field? CF Insights recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based community foundations to explore these questions, and more.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors

November 30, 2018

In Nov. 2018, the CGRG released the second and third reports of the series. Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors, looks at how giving circle participation influences members and explores how established members differ from new ones. Key findings include:Newer giving circle members tend to be more diverse in terms of age, income and race.Newer members join giving circles for the opportunity to engage more deeply on a cause or issue; more established members cite the ability to leverage gifts and "fun" as primary reasons for participation.The report affirms previous research that giving circle members give more, give more strategically and proactively, give to a wider array of organizations, volunteer more, and are more likely to engage in civic activity.

Cultures of Giving; Grassroots and community philanthropy

Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles and Collective Giving Groups

November 30, 2018

The final report of this initial series, Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles and Collective Giving Groups, explores the hosting experiences of community foundations and other organizations. Key findings include:Contributing to a culture of philanthropy in their communities is the top reason that hosts are motivated to start or support a giving circle, followed by reaching new donors and a more diverse set of donors.The most fundamental service provided by giving circle hosts is serving as a fiscal sponsor; other top services offered include providing communications support, organizing educational opportunities for members and soliciting proposals from potential grantees.Hosts cited staff time required, differences in expectations between the giving circle and host organization, and covering costs as the biggest challenges associated with hosting giving circles.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

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