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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

Philanthropy in Russia

January 1, 2018

The report provides an overview of the current state of philanthropy in Russia, based on conversations with people who have been working to promote, support or strengthen different areas of philanthropy. Our aim is to shine a light on new ideas and innovations, and the implications of these for the future role of philanthropy. We hope this will enable us to better address the questions: what is the role and purpose of philanthropy and how do we build a supportive ecosystem for it? 

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

November 1, 2016

The Social Change Initiative, Belfast and the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace have released a new resource Funding In Conflict-Affected Environment. Authored by Avila Kilmurray, the resource serves as a guide that addresses the question - how can independent philanthropy fund activities and initiatives in conflict-affected areas in order to promote and support peacebuilding? A core objective of this study is to highlight the positive contribution that independent grantmaking trusts and foundations can make to peacebuilding. Evidence shows that they do make a positive contribution, although many are still wary of working in situations of violent conflict-fearing that interventions can have negative as well as positive consequences. It is with this in mind that the study looks at the importance of conflict sensitivity for independent donors, in addition to detailing how donors can support peacebuilding through different stages of conflict and peace processes.This study is made up of five sections: 1) Understanding the context – do no harm, 2) supporting peacebuilding and positive change 3) crafting the grant portfolio 4) how do we know that we are contributing to 4) positive change? 5) summary notes.It is accompanied by a 16-page summary guide Conflict-Affected Environments: Notes For Grantmakers drawn from the bigger study. The guide presents the nuts and bolts of grantmaking for peacebuilding work: http://www.psjp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Funding-in-Conflict-Summary-Report.pdf

Grantmaking and Programme Management; Peace and Conflict

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

Grantmaking for Social Justice and Peace: Approaches Drawn from Shared Practice

January 1, 2016

This study aims to share the experiences and practices of many different funders and, in doing so, to encourage self reflection. Whether it is framing priority issues, designing grant programmes or listing selection criteria, each of these steps either includes or excludes options for change. What are often seen as technical considerations can, in fact, be incredibly important in identifying potential grantee and collaborative partners. Power does not only lie in foundation boards and chief executives, it is also found in the niches of programme decision making, outreach and administration.

Grantmaking and Programme Management

Grantmaking for Social Justice and Peace: Some Practical Lessons

January 1, 2016

This study aims to share the experiences and practices of many different funders and, in doing so, to encourage self reflection. Whether it is framing priority issues, designing grant programmes or listing selection criteria, each of these steps either includes or excludes options for change. What are often seen as technical considerations can, in fact, be incredibly important in identifying potential grantee and collaborative partners. Power does not only lie in foundation boards and chief executives, it is also found in the niches of programme decision making, outreach and administration. Practical Lessons

Grantmaking and Programme Management

How Can We Grow the Work? Ideas from Practitioners of Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

March 1, 2013

How can we grow the practice of philanthropy for social justice and peace? This is the question we put to twenty-four leading practitioners from different parts of the world during interviews conducted between May and December of 2012. In the pages that follow, you'll hear a fascinating and at times provocative array of answers, reflections, and further questions. Some talk about the relationship between social justice and economic development. Others call for a greater emphasis on indigenous philanthropy. Some speak to what is common among practitioners of social justice philanthropy, while others discuss geographic differences. Risk emerges as a key obstacle, networking as a key opportunity.We did these interviews -- along with a survey of 68 practitioners -- as part of our work to spark conversation and connection among philanthropy practitioners committed to advancing social justice and peace in regions around the globe. The Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network exists to increase the impact of this kind of grant making. We do this by developing tools and practices, shifting the narrative in philanthropy, and supporting a community of practice. We invite you to join the Network and the conversation. Let us know what you think about the perspectives in this piece, see our website at www.p-sj.org, and contact any of us individually for more information. -- The Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

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