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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

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust-- and Why It Matters

June 1, 2013

The practice of community philanthropy, has witnessed a growing momentum internationally, as new forms of community solidarity models emerge at the local level. Because of their informal nature, it is difficult for some of these initiatives to grow or survive over time The global movement for community philanthropy offers a number of models for creating and sustaining community foundations which are owned and controlled from the 'bottom up.' Communities identify their own needs and objectives, and then work together to gather the needed resources internally -- whether in cash or in-kind -- to invest in the cause. This publication will shed light on this important practice and how it has contributed to more lasting and impactful results.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

The Value of Community Philanthropy: Results of a Consultation

February 22, 2012

Outlines how involving locals as donors shapes the outcomes and sustainability of civil society-building efforts in developing nations. Calls for bolstering community foundations' pool of funders, infrastructure, partnerships, performance, and evaluation.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Community Foundations: Learning from a Collective Experience: Process of Systematization

July 1, 2004

The report of a community foundation strengthening program involving eight Mexican community foundations: Tecate CF, Frontera Norte CF, Matamoros CF, Oaxaca CF, Puebla CF, Fundación Comunidad, Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense (FECHAC), and Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad (FIC). The report is also available in Spanish.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Fundaciones Comunitarias: Sacando Leciones de la Experiencia: Proceso de Sistematización

July 1, 2004

"Community Foundations: Learning from a Collective Experience; Process of Systematization" is the report of a community foundation strengthening program involving eight Mexican community foundations: Tecate CF, Frontera Norte CF, Matamoros CF, Oaxaca CF, Puebla CF, Fundación Comunidad, Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense (FECHAC), and Fundación Internacional de la Comunidad (FIC). The report is also available in English.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Sowing the Seeds of Local Philanthropy: Two Decades in the Field of Community Foundations

December 1, 2000

This report reflects on and documents 20 years of experience in the field of local philanthropy. It has two other purposes: to allow the provision of some insight into those experiences, and: to showcase the work of their grantees, some that have used the Foundation's financial resources to establish long lived programs and others that, in just the past few years, have moved into the uncharted territory of community building.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Community Foundations: Building a New South Africa Through Community Philanthropy and Community Development

August 1, 2000

This report by the Mott Foundation examines start-up and development strategies for community philanthropy and community development foundations in South Africa.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Community Philanthropy in Central/Eastern Europe: Practical Guidelines for Meeting Local Challenges

November 1, 1999

This is a primer for people interested in learning about community philanthropy organizations and the role they can play in strengthening communities in Central/Eastern Europe. It explains what community philanthropy organizations do and how they work; it describes the challenges for communities in building such organisations in Central/Eastern Europe, and it describes ways in which support organizations are offering assistance, with examples drawn from the region.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

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