The GFCF has been appointed Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, a new multi-donor, multi-stakeholder initiative supported by founding partners, the Aga Khan Foundation USA, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and USAID, which aims to make the case that growing local ownership and accountability leads to stronger communities and that this should be a key focus of development practitioners.
The Alliance offers an exciting opportunity to advance the field and the understanding of community philanthropy globally and the ways in which it can mobilize trust, assets and capacities and, by doing so, strengthen local development outcomes. For the GFCF, the work of the Alliance promises to build on a programme of work that has been developed over the course of the past seven years, aimed at strengthening individual institutions of community philanthropy, supporting the development of community philanthropy networks and raising the profile of community philanthropy among a broader cross-section of stakeholders.
In March 2013, a strategic review of the GFCF was conducted by two external consultants. It examined the work and achievements of the institution to date and concluded that the GFCF “is playing an exemplary role in identifying, nurturing and supporting the field of community philanthropy based on a solid programme of small grants to organisations around the world”.
More details about the Alliance will become available over the coming months.