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2021 Ariadne Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders

March 1, 2021

To create the 2021 Ariadne Forecast, 275 Ariadne members and friends of the network filled in surveys, participated in interviews, and attended online forecast meetings to share their insights into trends in European social change and human rights philanthropy for 2021.The report looks at the challenges and opportunities this year might bring for grantees; how funder practice could change; which political events are likely to affect their work; what will become more important in the months ahead; and -- perhaps most importantly -- what to feel hopeful about. There are chapters on France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, and the UK, plus a broader, global focus.The challenges ahead may be great, but philanthropy can play a role in helping us overcome them.

Europe

Community Foundations in Germany - Facts and Trends 2013

January 1, 2014

Community Foundations in Germany have proved successful in the financial crisis -- more assets, more donations, more grantmaking: total endowments increased to 235 million euros. Donors gave more than 10 million euros in flow-through funding in 2012. Community foundations invested 14 million euros in their communities. Increasingly, donors choose community foundations as partners for their own foundations: 530 funds and trusts with endowments amounting to 82 million euros have been entrusted to community foundations, twice as many as five years ago. Thus, community foundations help donors to join forces in times of low interest rates and to achieve more together.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

The Potential of German Community Foundations for Community Development

December 1, 2013

The present study aims to determine the potential community foundations in Germany have for community development. Therefore six randomly chosen small-size community foundations were interviewed regarding their financial settings, level of professionalization and their commitment towards community development. By using qualitative content analysis this article assesses the relevance of reaching their defined goals in contrast to the need of satisfying the demand of current and potential donors. The results indicate that small foundations initially depend highly on the involvement of voluntary board members and on the independence of political authorities. Furthermore, the results show that a process of professionalization is necessary already in the first years of existence.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Engaging Diasporas: How Governments and Development Agencies Can Support Diaspora Involvement in the Development of Origin Countries

June 1, 2006

This study analyses how governments and development agencies have implemented "migrants and development" policies over the past three decades to promote the engagement of diasporas and their members in the development of countries of origin. It focuses specifically on the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France, but also considers Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain. The author concludes that in general, it would be a mistake to assume that diaspora groups and their members should be taught how to "do" development or how best to spend their remittances. Diaspora organisations have survived independently for many years; any attempt to patronise or to state "what is best for them" would appear to be a recipe for failure. The challenge for development actors is not to make diaspora organisations more like them, but to build on their unique strengths.

Enabling environment and civic space

Fundraising für Bürgerstiftungen: Erfolgreich Stifter, Zustifter und Spender Gewinnen

December 1, 2003

This is a guide for successful fundraising for community foundations in Germany. It provides a general introduction into the concept of community foundations, discusses some strategic choices (grantmaking versus operating foundation), community leadership, PR, donor-advised funds, and the importance of recognition of volunteers.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Global Civil Society: An Overview

January 1, 2003

Drawing on the findings of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, this report provides a broad overview of the civil society sector in countries spanning all six inhabited continents and includes just-released data on developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The report provides a comparative overview of the civil society sector in 35 countries; analyzes the scope, size, composition, and financing of the sector, including new data on nonprofit employment, volunteering, expenditures, and revenues; examines geographic patterns and characteristics of the nonprofit sector; and presents data in dozens of easy-to-read charts.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Enabling environment and civic space

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