Dr. Atallah Kuttab is promoting a better understanding of local practices and philanthropy discourse — a trend he hopes will create a “truly global philanthropy enriched with its diversity”. We met with Kuttab to learn more about Arab philanthropy, its history, and how it fits into an “ecosystem of philanthropies around the world”.
The formation of IHRFG’s new International Grants Operations Working Group was introduced at a recent workshop in Berlin. The new initiative aims to bridge the gap between operations teams and programmatic staff navigating cross-border funding restrictions. Meanwhile, new research on the state of human rights grantmaking builds on previous reports to analyze funding flows for human rights by region, issue area, and population.
Evans Rebello (Dasra) shares on a recent viral social campaign in India and an event in New York that led to an interactive virtual diary to highlight girls’ issues, and previews upcoming online resources for the sector. “Online audiences expect the information they want and need to be available 24/7 in any format. This trend will increase as the number and variety of online communities where people consume information grow, and we want to be where our audience is.”
For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Ambika Satkunanathan (Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust) argues that, in the context of diminishing resources for civil society, the role of indigenous grant-makers is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly where supporting work on human rights and social justice is concerned. “CSOs working on human rights and social justice issues in particular are currently facing immense challenges in continuing their work.”
For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Adam Pickering (Charities Aid Foundation) compares positive and negative trends in global giving following the latest World Giving Index. “In the same way that democracy has value to society above and beyond the policies of the governments it elects, civil society should be about more than the outputs it produces.”
For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Helena Monteiro (WINGS) highlights the five main features of an enabling environment for philanthropy, and the role philanthropy infrastructure support organizations play in helping to achieve these conditions, even as CSOs face increased control and undue restrictions in funding. “Organizations that support philanthropy infrastructure provide a necessary support system for amplifying the effectiveness of philanthropy, and are well placed to have a powerful effect on the underlying cultural conditions that surround philanthropy.”
For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Avila Kilmurray and Barry Knight (GFCF) bring attention to a new global development industry that “may not be fit for purpose”, calling for a more holistic approach to local challenges. “As the contribution of local people through their own CSOs is downgraded, everyone loses: development aid professionals find it difficult to attain their goals, and local people experience insurmountable obstacles in making any contribution to the wellbeing of their communities.”
In this guest essay for the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Naila Farouky (AFF) outlines the trends in Arab philanthropy the challenges of the region, and the impact on the philanthropic landscape. “In 2015, the landscape of philanthropy in the Arab region looks decidedly different than it did a mere four years ago.”
Community philanthropy is a field in expansion throughout the world – the number of community philanthropy organizations has more than doubled between 2000 and 2014. We asked Natalie Ross (COF) and Nick Deychakiwsky (Mott) to share on a few key initiatives that show this behind-the-scenes work.
A new report from Halima Mahomed raises the issue that while legislation may help to incentivize Corporate Social Investment, the mere presence of regulation alone is not enough. “For CSI regulation to have an effect on impact it needs to be grounded in intensive consultation that caters to the needs and goals of the civil society sector it envisions supporting, as well as the motivations of the corporate sector it aims to influence.”
A recent CAF Southern Africa report on giving in South Africa’s most populous province carries a clear message to the nation: “I believe I can make a difference in both the present and the future for my fellow citizens, my community and my country”.
This ongoing collaboration between TrustAfrica and IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, will enable a better understanding of the nature of giving in Africa, encourage more widespread and cross-sectoral analysis of the gaps in our knowledge, and serve as a platform from which to develop new knowledge and as a basis for refining and adding to the discourse on African giving.
The WINGS toolkit, Transparency and Accountability in Philanthropy and Private Investment, is the result of regional consultations over two years with more than 100 WINGS members and partners. Neville Gabriel (The Other Foundation) and Ana Pinho (WINGS) share how the sector can benefit from the new resource.
GIFE’s transparency series continues with a recent video and e-discussion, following its translation of the report, Opening Up: Demystifying Funding Transparency, done in partnership with Foundation Center.
CF Insights was created in 2006 as a partnership between FSG and the Council on Foundations. Its initial vision was to help community foundations make more informed, effective decisions about their operation models. Today, the CF Insights network includes more than 150 US community foundations.
Hanna Surmatz (EFC) gives an update on the Financial Action Task Force’s revision of the “Best Practices Paper” (BPP) on Recommendation 8, asking for support for the nonprofit sector recommendations from FATF member governments.
Foundation Center’s new tool, Foundation Maps, uncovers more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion made by over 33,000 foundations to nearly 300,000 recipients worldwide. We asked Jake Garcia, Foundation Center’s vice president for data and technology, to share how WINGS members can use Foundation Maps to access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact.
Making your content visually appealing and easy to find is important, but what about the “invisible” part — the numbers that tell the story of your website, and how that story fits into the big picture of global philanthropy?
As a follow up to our Local Cultures of Giving Peer Learning Event in Johannesburg, Shelagh Gastrow (Inyathelo) has compiled a list of resources on philanthropy in Africa — now included in the downloadable PLE report.
Dr. Lisa Hehenberger (EVPA) reflects on VP/SI exit strategies, highlighting a new report that aims to help. “Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment organizations look for a social return over or next to a financial return — making exits more complex than in the traditional field of investment.”