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.”