For two time Olympian Ian Bird (Community Foundations of Canada) and Paul Melia (True Sport Foundation), sport is a platform for action that transcends cultural barriers. “Like most cultures, sport is an important part of Canadian identity. So too is giving and sharing—our roots in philanthropy.”
Monica Patten led the community foundation movement for more than two decades, presiding over a period of unprecedented growth and acting as a champion of community philanthropy around the world.
Chandrika Sahai, network coordinator for the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, asks how foundations can collectively ensure transformational impact in the sector, bringing attention to the critical role associations play in building trust and driving innovation. “I’m hoping that, through WINGS, discussions about a network approach in philanthropy will include the role of associations as leaders of innovation, and as the glue that binds the field together.”
Two years ago Canada’s Governor General gave a memorable speech, calling for a smart and caring nation towards the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017. That was the inspiration for the Community Foundations of Canada to launch the Smart & Caring Communities effort, which set two goals: 1. that every community in Canada be served by a community foundation, and 2. the establishment of community funds. A sense of innovation and collaboration to help the movement achieve these goals set the tone of the CFC 2013 Conference: Inspiring Smart & Caring Communities.
Approaches to community foundations standards, including case studies from Poland and Slovakia.