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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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The Global Philanthropy Environment Index 2022

March 10, 2022

The 2022 Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI) reveals that the philanthropic environment showed modest improvement at the global level, but not uniformly so. Country and regional reports suggest that a consistent and enabling regulatory environment, state collaboration, and strong philanthropic traditions and societal values are essential to nurture philanthropy.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Legislation and Taxation

Grantmaking With a Racial Justice Lens : A Practical Guide

December 1, 2019

The new Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide, written by PRE Senior Fellow Rinku Sen and Executive Director Lori Villarosa with contributions from Maggie Potapchuk, Lisa McGill, and Makani Themba, provides grantmakers with reflections, frameworks and tools built from the direct experience of activists and funders for advancing racial justice in any philanthropic setting.

Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Sustaining Civil Society: Lessons from Five Pooled Funds in Eastern Europe

October 21, 2019

After 1990, US and European foundations and government agencies invested in a series of Partnerships and Trusts to support civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and the Black Sea regions. Analyzing the long-term impact of these investments is crucial, especially as many politicians across these regions increase their anti-civil society rhetoric. Three long-time US foundation staff look back at the legacy and impact of this funding and derive a series of lessons for practitioners seeking to understand how best to sustain civil societies for the long term.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Global Civic Activism in Flux

March 17, 2017

Civil society around the world is in flux. New forms of civic activism have taken shape, ranging from protest movements to community-level forums and online campaigns by individual activists.This analysis charts how civic activism is evolving across 8 countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.These case studies reveal crosscutting themes relevant to the future of civil society support. While there is a global wave of new protests and innovative citizen movements, many civic struggles are increasingly rooted in specific national issues. New and older forms of civic activism coexist and intertwine in a variety of ways. Some new activism is highly political and confrontational; some is very practical and pragmatic about trying to circumvent the shortcomings of mainstream politics. New civic activism includes groups espousing an increasingly wide range of ideological positions. While the new activism has been effective on some specific issues, it is mostly struggling to hold at bay resurgent authoritarian and illiberal government responses.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

State of Civil Society Report 2015

July 1, 2015

Glimpses into the amazing work being done by our colleagues in civil society to address some of the most urgent global issues. From humanitarian response to long-term peacebuilding, civil society is often at the frontline of the world's challenges. The report is also full of worries, especially when it comes to the political space in which civil society operates and vital resourcing for its activities.This year's report is aimed not just at mapping the nature of the challenges in these two areas but also acts as a guide for our members -- and others -- to come up with their own responses. You will see there are actionable recommendations after each section.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Peace and Conflict; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015

June 15, 2015

The Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015 is the first analysis of philanthropic freedom across the world. By examining barriers and incentives for individuals and organizations to donate money and time to social causes, CGP has measured, ranked, and compared countries on their ease of giving. The research is a major step in identifying the public policy actions to encourage private giving which, in turn, can increase generosity.

Giving and Volunteering; Legislation and Taxation; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? Case Studies on Community Philanthropy, Vol. 1

February 13, 2014

What makes the global spread of community philanthropy organizations so exciting is the variety of forms they take, adaptations to different local contexts, challenges, resources, and leaders. The core similarities matter -- all in some way help geographic communities mobilize financial and other kinds of capital for improvement of the lives of residents. But so do the differences. Some have endowments, some don't. Some are large, more are small. Some call themselves community foundations, others do not. This diversity is one sign of community philanthropy's flexibility, potential, and rising popularity.But it also presents a challenge to those who want to better understand and support community philanthropy, especially on a global level. A practice so varied, so organic and tied to local conditions, complicates classification, resists general conclusions, and calls for lots of learning through example. A movement relatively young and quickly evolving, with a limited body of applied research, requires ongoing documentation and study.The case studies presented here provide intriguing snapshots of locally driven development in communities across the globe.

Community Philanthropy

Diversity Metrics Forum: Developing Standards for the Collection of Data on Diversity in Philanthropy

September 1, 2010

In recent years, private foundation leaders have found themselves in the national spotlight due to growing public concern about the lack of available data on the diversity of foundation staff and boards, as well as grantee organizations and the communities they serve with the support of philanthropic dollars. This report summarizes the discussions that took place at the Diversity Metrics Forum, which brought together 47 foundation leaders, researchers, and representatives of philanthropic infrastructure organizations to discuss strategies for systematically collecting data on diversity in philanthropy.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Knowledge and Data Management

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations

October 1, 2007

The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector released Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: Guide for Charities and Foundations in October 2007, based on comprehensive analysis of over 50 systems of self-regulation and best practices, two public comment periods, and the involvement of charities and foundations nationwide. The guide's 33 practices are designed to support board members and staff leaders of every charitable organization as they work to improve their own operations. The Reference Edition includes legal background for each Principle, studies on self-regulation systems, and a glossary of terms. An Executive Summary is available for those who want a brief overview of the Principles. The Panel encourages charity and foundation leaders to examine the Principles carefully and determine how best they should be applied to their own operations.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Governance, Boards and Strategy

The Future of Community Foundations. A Transatlantic Perspective

June 1, 2007

The TCFN Academy is a virtual think tank focusing on strategic issues that are relevant to the international community foundation movement. It provides a venue for studying important community foundation issues in a transnational, cross-cultural perspective. The report is a result of the TCFN Academy 2006, held in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, CA. It outlines the dominant themes of the Academy's discussions and includes short analyses of the specific situations in ten countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Key findings will be of interest to a wide audience of practitioners and funders of community-based philanthropy. The report can be downloaded at no cost from the Network's website. The Academy saw the report as a way to begin a broader inquiry. Aside from those described in the U.S., what other major trends or concepts should community foundations outside of the U.S. be anticipating and exploring? Howshould we be planning today to ensure our work is successful in the world we will inherit over the next generation?

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Foundation Expenses and Compensation: How Operating Characteristics Influence Spending

January 27, 2006

This report examines the impact of a broader range of operating charateristics on the spending patterns of the 10,000 largest independent, corporate, and community foundations by giving. It provides an overview of the composition of expenses of the three types of foundations and documents how major differences in foundations' operating characteristics have an impact on their expense levels. The appendices include the methodology of the study, the list of variables as well as benchmarking tables.

Administration and Management; Finance and Investment

Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States

February 1, 2005

Reviews two decades of work in the microenterprise field by examining the evolution of the industry, past accomplishments, current weaknesses, and potential for growth. Details critical challenges and recommends a set of new directions for the field.

Employment and Labour; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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