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The Philea Virtual Library includes over 1,000 free-to-download publications from a range of organisations and publishers on the topics of philanthropy, the management of foundations and the areas they are involved in and support. As a Philea member you can send us your publications for inclusion in the library which will also be added to the global IssueLab network where they will be made available to an extended audience, including users of Worldcat, the global catalogue used by tens of thousands of libraries. For questions or assistance, please contact the Philea Virtual Library.
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Child and Youth Participation in Philanthropy : Stories of Transformation

May 30, 2022

This study represents another milestone on the journey of supporting philanthropic practice in becoming more inclusive and closer to those it serves. It is based on: a survey of and interviews with 40 European philanthropic organisations; focus group interviews with children and young people involved with these organisations; and 11 case studies of participating organisations. The study provides recommendations and clear examples of initiatives by foundations along this journey, which can be used to spark discussion on the various modes and phases of participatory philanthropy, whatever the target group or thematic area.

Children and Youth; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Weaving a collective tapestry: A Funders' Toolkit for Child and Youth Participation

June 1, 2022

This Funders' Toolkit for Child and Youth Participation is the result of a research study commissioned by the Elevate Children Funders' Group to better understand child and youth participatory models used by funders. The toolkit was co-created by a group of young leaders, and with the guidance of an advisory committee and the ECFG Child and Youth Participation working group. It is the first of its kind to offer support and guidance on the substantive "how-to" of child and youth participation - tailored specifically to funders. Further resources related to this report can be found here: toolkit was produced in parallel to the report Child and Youth Participation in Philanthropy: Stories of Transformation (, published by Philea. 

Children and Youth; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Governance, Boards and Strategy; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Shifting the Field: Philanthropy’s role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups

April 1, 2021

In 2019, Elevate Children Funders Group commissioned the exploratory study, 'Philanthropy's role in strengthening child- and youth-led community rooted groups.' The objective of this study was to map current practices in philanthropic support for child and youth led work at the community level and provide strategic advice to donors on how to strengthen their funding modalities through participatory approaches to achieve greater and more effective impact. The findings and recommendations from this process—conducted through literature review, key informant interviews, focus groups, and online surveys with funders, child- and youth-led community rooted groups, and non-funders—articulated in this report will pave the road for members of ECFG to challenge their own practices; build on the broader philanthropic momentum to shift money down to the grassroots level; explore ways to influence the broader philanthropic sector; and influence and shift the wider donor community thinking and approaches.

Children and Youth; Community Philanthropy; Evaluation and Learning; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Participatory Philanthropy : Six Foundations' Journeys

October 1, 2020

In September 2020, Heather Hamilton, Executive Director of Elevate Children Funders Group, interviewed six members of the network about their journey towards participatory philanthropy, particularly engaging children and youth. This is what they said. 

Children and Youth; Community Philanthropy; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Switched On : Exploring the Challenge of Adequate Digital Access for All Children and Young People

February 1, 2019

Switched On brings together recent research and evidence about key issues related to digital inclusion, with a particular focus on children and young people. Digital access is complex picture with multiple factors driving, compounding and impacting those who are included or excluded.The report explores a number of features of the digital inclusion debate including analysing the components that comprise appropriate digital access, examines the impacts around a lack of access, maps exclusion factors in the UK and outlines the current policy and practice landscape, including successful interventions.

Children and Youth; Employment and Labour; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Girls to the Front : A Snapshot of Girl-led Organising : Case Studies

December 1, 2018

11 case studies that highlight the outstanding work girls have been doing around the world. Rather than being selected by the report's funders and researchers, these case studies were selected and prepared by the Girl Advisors involved in the Girls to the Front research study.

Children and Youth; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Girls to the Front : A Snapshot of Girl-led Organising

October 1, 2018

This participatory, feminist, intersectional research report explores some of the creative and impactful ways in which girls are bringing about social justice in their communities. It placed girls at the centre, making them partners of the study. The research used in-depth interviews and an online questionnaire, as well as an exhaustive desk review to collect data from girl-led groups and organisations, girl-centred organisations and the stakeholders that support them at different levels.

Children and Youth; Gender and Women; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy


April 1, 2018

This online story, published by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, is part of the 'Historical Cases' series. It intends to collect lessons from the past experience of the foundation in Nicaragua from 1981 to 2008.Learning questions raised by this story include:How can we best take advantage of historical moments in a country to accelerate progress towards scale? How does this factor into our own decision making?How to diversify our partnerships and our approaches (for example, advocacy versus field projects) to ensure continuity throughout inevitable political changes in government?When making plans for scale, is it always desirable to aim for universalisation? Or is it better – from a quality standpoint – to advocate for a more targeted approach to specific populations of children and families?

Children and Youth; Education; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Responding to the ECEC Needs of Children of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe and North America

April 1, 2018

This report explores the findings of a nine-country study of ECEC policies and practices designed to serve young children of refugees and asylum seekers. It draws on fieldwork conducted in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States—major host countries with varied refugee and asylum-seeker populations, migration-management policies, and ECEC systems—to highlights both common challenges and promising practices.

Children and Youth; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

A Digital World for All? Findings from a Programme of Digital Inclusion for Vulnerable Young People across the UK

January 1, 2017

Not all young people have the basic digital skills needed to prosper in our online world. A digital world for all? explores the issues of digital exclusion amongst vulnerable young people. The #NotWithoutMe programme challenges the assumption that young people are 'digital natives' and have basic digital skills or access to learning opportunities. The report's main findings are drawn from four, year-long pilot projects run across the UK (two based in England, one in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland). The report provides a range of recommendations to help further develop innovative practice and policy interventions in this area.

Children and Youth; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Science and Technology

Funding Futures: Scholarships as Agents of Social Change - Donor Resource Guide

September 8, 2016

At the Ford Foundation, we know that young people are a formidable force for positive social change in the world. Yet we have also seen how unequal access to economic and social resources limits many talented young people, and keeps them from reaching their full potential.This resource guide is intended to illustrate how scholarship programs can make higher education more open and inclusive to all—and how they can fuel social change. The impact of well-designed scholarships can extend far beyond individual scholars. These scholarships help recognize and cultivate untapped talent, and address the inequality that too often thrives both in higher education institutions and in communities around the world.This donor resource guide will be helpful to anyone who wants to start or improve a scholarship or fellowship program and we hope the guide—with its resources and examples from past programs like the foundation's International Fellowships Program—inspires donors and institutions alike to take risks and initiate transformational programs.

Children and Youth; Education

Effective Philanthropy: Another Take

April 25, 2016

This is a collection of 11 stories describing a philanthropic intervention against some form of injustice (socioeconomic and/or political) at a local, national or global scale. These stories are told through the lens of a grantmaker illuminating the sorts of considerations, dilemmas and uncertainties a grantmaker might wrestle with when making a grant to effect positive social change. They delve deep into the analysis of the problem, the solution, the strategy and tactics used to address it, the risks and challenges involved, and the impact of the philanthropic support. The purpose in telling these stories is to broaden the circle of philanthropy practitioners whose aim is to help produce lasting change in the lives of people and communities, by showing how such grantmaking is done and giving evidence of its impact. The stories broadly fall into three categories: Supporting marginalized groups and communities to achieve change in their own lives Naseej Foundation supports the mobilization of collective effort for community projects in Palestine, including extending a local school.Fikra, a fund established by four European foundations in response to the Arab Spring, supports the ideas and aspirations of local communities in Tunisia.The Webb Memorial Trust supported efforts to give children a voice on poverty in the UK.Fighting for justice and opportunity Indonesia for Humanity is supporting a community's struggle to overcome the legacy of authoritarianism.Brazil Human Rights Fund supported Mothers of May in their fight for justice for victims of structural violence in Brazil.The Ford Foundation supported 27 local education reform programmes throughout the Philippines and the subsequent establishment of Synergeia, in an effort to improve the country's failing education system.The efforts of businessman and philanthropist Patrick Taylor led to the passing of a law in 1989 in the US state of Louisiana that every child who achieves certain standards should be allowed to go to college regardless of their parents' ability to pay.Challenging accepted attitudes and ways of thinking Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's support to the Rainbow Project helped spark a change in public perceptions of LGBT people in Northern Ireland.Bernard van Leer Foundation's programme to reduce violence in young children's lives involved shifting social norms to make violence less acceptable and promoting evidence-based policies to prevent violence.The Ford Foundation's International Economic Policy portfolio fostered networks of analysts and activists to develop an alternative economic narrative to challenge the prevailing globalization agenda.Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's early support for the Carbon Tracker Initiative helped to bring the term 'stranded assets' into the mainstream of global economic thinking in just five years.

Children and Youth; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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