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Community Foundations in Europe : State of the Field 2022

January 1, 2022

This report presents the results of extensive field research based on consultation with national support organisations across Europe. It offers an overview of the community foundation field in Europe along with detailed profiles which provide information on the historical development and current state of the field in each country. This highlights the diversity that exists within Europe, in respect of the context but also in the form and function of  community foundations.Based on national-level understanding of the characteristics of a community foundation our research shows there are 851 in 22 countries with 32 infrastructure organisations serving the field.A directory of community foundations and its online map are available online and complement this analysis: https://www.communityfoundations.eu/directory.html

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

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

Assets, Capacity, Trust: Role of Community Foundations in Development of Local Philanthropy

February 1, 2021

The concept of community philanthropy continues to take shape across countries. Researchers and civil society development institutions in many countries are concerned with the same questions: what role community philanthropy plays in local development, what ideas and resources are invested in it, and how it can be measured and evaluated.We asked ourselves the same questions within the Program for Support of Community Philanthropy implemented by CAF Russia. Together with community foundations involved in the program we started to look for solutions. New research presented in this report demonstrates the use of ACT (Assets-Capacity-Trust) framework to find answers to these questions. This report highlights what we found important, what were the results and the impact of the work.

Community Philanthropy; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

State of the Community Foundation Field in Europe 2020

January 1, 2021

Building an understanding of the shape and work of the community foundation field is important not only in raising awareness of its scale and scope, for those operating within it and those with an interest in local development, but also to inform further development of the field.In an exceptional year for all societies worldwide, ECFI has conducted its biennial assessment of the community foundation (CF) field in Europe. This report has been informed by a survey of community foundations support organisations (CFSOs) and intelligence gathered through our ongoing engagement with the field.This report provides a snapshot of the field, highlights changes and trends, and identifies some key issues relevant to its further development. There are reflections on the role that community foundations played in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but also on how this impacted on the community foundations themselves, and how this has altered their thinking and strategies.The analysis of community foundations support organisations (CFSOs) differentiates them by type and shows how this essential part of the field has developed. The work of community foundations support organisations is described and there is a focus on two important areas – what they did differently following the outbreak of Covid-19, and how they are supporting the field in respect of embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Conclusions are drawn from the analysis of the field which will inform ECFI's work which aims to strengthen and promote the community foundation movement in Europe.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

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

Community Foundations vs Coronavirus

March 1, 2020

In the current situation of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which is an extraordinary test for all of humanity, community foundations have a huge role to play. As they are close to people on a local level, they can serve as both a source of information and a refuge of peace in these difficult days for us all. This ongoing pandemic is a model example of a global challenge to which we should try to find local answers.The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland decided to take this opportunity to find out how the organizations across Europe are coping with all the obstacles in this difficult time.We prepared a questionnaire asking several questions regarding the organizations' functioning which was then sent out to the CFs, you will find their answers on the following pages.

Community Philanthropy

Connecting Community Foundations with the SDGs

February 1, 2020

This document seeks to demonstrate that the work of all community foundations is highly relevant to the SDGs and that by adopting a 'whole-of-organization approach' which takes into consideration mission, investment, strategies and programmes, communications and operations, there is scope to use the framework to enhance their role, credibility and effectiveness as catalysts for change. This can attract partners and funding, can motivate staff, board members and volunteers and can consolidate the position of the community foundation in its locality.

Community Philanthropy; International Affairs, Global Challenges

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen

April 17, 2018

While slogans like "think globally, act locally" have been around for decades, still so much decision making about philanthropy happens by stakeholders outside them. This paper intends to address the struggle funders face with giving up power, despite caring deeply about championing local leadership and initiatives. Learn about the "community philanthropy approach" and practical examples of how funders have shared and shifted power without losing sight of their strategic imperatives.

Community Philanthropy

Constiuent Voices: Lean Data Learnings

March 1, 2018

This report sets out results from a consultation to explore ways to stimulate and develop community philanthropy as a means of contributing to the sustainability of civil society and supporting the effectiveness of development aid.The consultation was undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation USA and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in association with the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The Ford Foundation also contributed resources to the process.Three meetings were held (in Washington D.C., Johannesburg, and Dhaka). Three working papers were written during the process, and two articles published in Alliance magazine so that a wider constituency could offer feedback. People who took part in meetings are listed in Annex A.

Community Philanthropy

Assessing Community Foundation Needs and Envisioning the Future

September 19, 2017

Community foundations have several attributes that, taken together, distinguish them from many of their philanthropic brethren, including a local orientation, relationships with many living donors, and a public charity tax status. This affects everything from their approach to solving problems to their business model. Because of this, community foundations have sought out support services that are designed for their particular needs. The infrastructure of organizations serving community foundations has evolved, and there has been confusion among community foundations over where to get their needs met and some frustration over the perceived fragmentation of services.In response to these concerns and to create some clarity, CFLeads and CF Insights, both of which exclusively serve community foundations, decided to map out the current support services and lead a discussion exploring a vision for the future. The findings from a survey of a dozen large community foundations and a one-day symposium are summarized here. Hopefully the results of this partnership provide a better understanding of the ecosystem of organizations serving community foundations and some initial thinking on how to meet needs in the future.

Community Philanthropy

Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity

September 18, 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving. It recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities. These include:-The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy-The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships-The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and-The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Building Bridges for Local Good : A Guide to Community Foundations in Europe

September 1, 2017

This report, produced by the European Community Foundation Initiative on the eve of their first annual conference, provides a look at the diversity which characterizes the approximately 670 community foundations in Europe. In 27 European countries, citizens are actively committed at a local level to improving their community. The differences in the general political, economic and sociocultural conditions become secondary; what connects people is their common goal. The report considers the field from a social science point of view, reflects on the future of the movement on the continent, and also provides a snapshot of the support organizations working to support community foundations in Europe.

Community Philanthropy

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