The case for strengthening communities

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.”

Diaspora philanthropy, giving effectively across borders and emerging trends in global philanthropy

Otar Makharashavili (Bolder Giving) reports on a recent webinar cohosted with WINGS, as part of the organization’s Global Givers Initiative, which aims to advance philanthropic giving by promoting donor awareness and action in Southeastern Europe through donor storytelling. “The lack of trust in civil society and the NGO sector in general continues to be the biggest roadblock for groups working on local individual philanthropy promotion.”

Help us to help Tewa, the Nepal Women’s Fund

Jenny Hodgson (GFCF): “While there are clearly crucial roles to be played by specialized internal and external actors in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, community philanthropy organizations — who are known and trusted in their communities — have a huge part to play.”

Global perspectives on Asia-Pacific philanthropy

Following a recent meeting in Beijing, we asked WINGS board members for their thoughts on philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region. “The implications of wider global developments around wealth generation and the digital era for grantmaking and social investment are challenging to predict for western economies, let alone for the Asian region, currently arguably the most dynamic in the world.”

Community philanthropy and a new model of development

In this newly unlocked article from Alliance magazine, Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) and Barry Knight (CENTRIS) ask what role community philanthropy can play in development post-2015. Community foundation leaders in North America and Europe weigh in. “The post-2015 goals will apply universally, not just to developing countries, so this discussion is relevant everywhere.”

Lessons learned from Ten Years of the Foundation for Social Transformation

Chandrika Sahai (PSJP Working Group) draws out lessons from a new resource produced by the Global Fund for Community Foundations that tells the story of a community foundation in the Northeast of India. “The story of the Foundation for Social Transformation India is testament to the difficult conditions in which many grassroots foundations in the global south are established and operate, the adjustments they have to make along the way and how it is their unique capacity to constantly reinvent themselves and keep their ear to the ground that keeps them going.”

Most comprehensive dataset about community foundations now available

Today at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations, an international research collaboration unveiled the Community Foundation Atlas, the most comprehensive directory of the world’s community foundation movement that has ever been published. The online platform maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world.

David Cutler reports from WINGSForum

“The fact that the Forum was held in Istanbul was a powerful reminder that foundations are part of civil society rather than standing aloof from it. The notorious decision of the Turkish president to ban tweeting made tweeters of the most Luddite of us, to make clear that we don’t like being banned even from those freedoms that ordinarily we don’t value very much, such as speaking truth to power in 140 characters or fewer.”

The power of networks, locally and globally

In our latest WINGSForum 2014 reaction piece, Ansis Bērziņš of the Community Foundation Movement in Latvia emphasises the role of data in strengthening community identity. “Reliable data is a tool that explains what philanthropy is, what grantmakers do, and how these concepts can contribute to local communities. Data can and does show that we are not alone.”

Why plumbing matters—introducing the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy

Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) unveils the recently-established collaborative aimed at advancing the practice of community philanthropy worldwide. “We will be drawing on our experiences of using our grantmaking to develop an evidence base for the global community philanthropy field, drawn from a diversity of circumstances, institutions and contexts. There is certainly a need for some radical new thinking about what the future architecture for civil society funding might look like.”

Community Foundation Atlas will commemorate movement’s 100th year

The world’s first comprehensive atlas of the community foundation movement will provide an unprecedented opportunity for community foundations and community philanthropy organisa­tions worldwide to increase their visibility to a much wider audience including peers, policy makers and potential funders. Organisations can share their work and effectiveness by taking a brief survey.

Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

Ezra Mbogori of the African Grantmakers Network saw PtP as providing an ‘important’ opportunity to free African civil society organizations from sole dependence on external funding and create meaningful, local sources of revenue. Jenny Hodgson of the Global Fund for Community Foundations echoed this observation and agreed that there are important possibilities to use the PtP concept to buttress a number of promising but still struggling community foundations in the South. Article by Lester Salamon.

WINGS webinar » philanthropy in emerging markets

The last decade has seen profound economic changes, whereby growth has shifted from long established developed countries to the Global South. This kind of structural change is bound to affect all sectors of society, particularly philanthropy and its traditional donor/grantee relations. How do these macroeconomic changes affect different forms of philanthropy, and which new philanthropy…