New GFCF grants in China, Mongolia and India!

A grant for US $20,000 to the Guangdong Harmony Foundation will support a project to map the community foundation landscape in China, focusing on the characteristics, purposes and relationships with other sectors of this emerging set of institutions. Meanwhile, in Mongolia, a grant for US $15,000 will MONES, the Mongolian Women’s Fund to develop an online giving portal to promote local philanthropy. And in India, with a grant of US $10,000 Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad (GENVP) will be exploring the feasibility of creating a Dalit community foundation in Bihar.

A full list of GFCF grants made in 2014 and 2015 can be found here

Amitabh Behar of the National Foundation for India joins GFCF board

We are delighted to announce that Amitabh Behar joined the GFCF board as of 1st September 2015. Amitabh is currently the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India. His areas of interest are governance and civil society. Over the years he has worked on issues promoting governance accountability and social action. He is one of the leading experts of people centered advocacy and was the Executive Director of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies.

Amitabh is the Co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, the Convener of National Social Watch Coalition and earlier the Convener of the Wada Na Todo Abhiyaan (Don’t Break Your Promises Campaign) in India. He sits on several other organizational boards including the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, Navsarjan and mobile creche and is the President of Yuva.

Last chance to nominate for Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize!

GFCF is proud to be a part of the third annual Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize, which was established in memory of Olga Alexeeva, founder of the Philanthropy Bridge Foundation (PBF), by former PBF trustees in honour of her memory and beliefs.

As in past years, the prize of £5,000 will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries. The prize will be for the individual winner to use at their discretion.

A shortlist of up to six finalists will be developed by the three founders of the prize:

– Maria Chertok, CAF Russia and former PBF Trustee

– Caroline Hartnell, Alliance and former PBF Chair

– Jenny Hodgson, GFCF and former PBF adviser

The final winner of the £5,000 prize will be selected by a panel of judges and will be invited to deliver a keynote speech at a global philanthropy conference in 2015. In addition, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to the conference as special guests, and profiled in a special supplement of the June 2015 issue of Alliance magazine.

Now all we need is good nominations! The closing date for applications is February 28th 2015. For more information on the Prize and to download the application form, please click here. All questions should be directed to olgaalexeevaprize@alliancemagazine.org.

The Case for Community Philanthropy – now available in Slovak!

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters, is now available in Slovak. The report makes the case that increasing local ownership and local accountability leads to stronger communities and should be a main focus of  development aid practitioners. The community philanthropy approach works at the grassroots level  by looking at local assets (financial and otherwise) and by building capacity and trust for addressing  community needs and priorities.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, joins the GFCF board!

The board of the GFCF is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The GFCF board is currently made up of individuals highly experienced in the field of community philanthropy and social development, hailing from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The board is responsible for guiding the GFCF’s programmes and operations, and it very much looks forward to working with Clotilde in her new role! A short biography is available below.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. She has dedicated her career to improving lives through civic service. Her leadership experience has centered on leading collaborative efforts to solve the most critical problems facing communities. Clotilde is a nationally-recognized spokeswoman on a range of issues including strategic philanthropy, community service, and cultural diversity.

Previously, Clotilde served as the executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women where she worked to remove gender-based inequities for women addressing issues of representation on boards, domestic violence, and economic self-sufficiency.

She has founded and led numerous initiatives, including a public-private sector collaboration to establish the Family Justice Center of Erie County for victims of domestic violence and the Western New York Women’s Fund. Most recently, Clotilde founded the Literacy Funders Network, a national coalition of foundations dedicated to improving literacy in America.

Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Clotilde has served on many national and local boards, including the National Women’s Hall of Fame (president), Mayoral Council on Hispanic issues (chair), John R. Oishei Foundation, and the National Federation for Just Communities. Currently she serves as a board member of CFLeads and a national delegate to the Vision 2020-Equality in Sight project.

Clotilde’s work has been recognized by many including the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service, and the President’s Award for Service. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College and a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a distinguished alumna from both. Clotilde is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a native of Cuba

Call for expression of interest in commissioned research for GFCF

GFCF wishes to commission research studies in the following areas:

(i) Report on the status of community-based philanthropy in Latin America and the Caribbean

This study will compile a comprehensive list of grantmaking foundations (and philanthropic organisations with the active objective of being grant-makers) that are located, and are working to address needs at the community level, in the respective countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the research will collect qualitative data through telephonic interviews with a sub-set of short listed foundations (to be agreed with GFCF) to gain an in-depth understanding of the context in which they work; the nature of their grantmaking and related programmes; the size and structure of their foundation; the nature of their donor base; and any strategic approaches or stories they would like to share with their peers to make the case for community philanthropy.

It is envisaged that the commissioned research will be available in draft form for review by 16th December 2014, to be available as a final report by 31st January 2015.

(ii) Report on the status of community-based philanthropy in Central Asia/Central South Asia

This study will compile a comprehensive list of grantmaking foundations (and philanthropic organisations with the active objective of being grant-makers) that are located, and are working to address needs at the community level, in the respective countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In addition, the research will collect qualitative data with a sub-set of short-listed foundations (to be agreed with GFCF) to gain an in-depth understanding of the context in which they work; the nature of their grant-making and related programmes; the size and structure of their foundation; the nature of their donor base; the main challenges they face; and any strategic approaches or stories they would like to share with their peers to make the case for community philanthropy.

It is envisaged that the commissioned research will be available in draft form for review by 13th February 2015, to be available as a final report by 13th March 2015.

 

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Avila Kilmurray, Director of Policy & Strategy (avila@globalfundcf.org) by Friday 26th September 2014. Completed submissions should include the following:

  • Name(s) and contact details of researcher(s)
  • CV with reference to previous research studies completed, together with the name and contact details of two referees
  • Summary of experience relevant to the research topic
  • Languages spoken
  • Outline of proposed methodology
  • Timescale for the research study
  • Estimated number of days aligned to methodology and timescale
  • Summary of financial costs (set out against number of days and related expenses)

Lights, camera, #CF100 Video Contest!

The Council on Foundations is helping to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world’s first community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, by highlighting stories that show how community foundations are addressing critical local and regional issues. Part of this is the exciting 100-second Centennial Video Contest for community foundations.

Applicants are encouraged to create and submit short, entertaining clips of no more than 100 seconds that spotlight their role in shaping and impacting their communities. First place will be awarded a grant of USD $15,000, second place $7500 and third place $2500. Videos must be submitted to COF by 12th September 2014 for consideration.

EAAG Awards seek to recognize and celebrate outstanding philanthropy in East Africa – nominations open!

The East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) has announced the call for nominations for the 2014 edition of the East Africa Philanthropy Awards. Launched in 2011, the awards were established to identify, recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to strategic social development and to the growth of the philanthropic movement in East Africa. By highlighting their contributions, EAAG hopes to create awareness on the significance of giving and create role models for local philanthropy.

Previous recipients of the award are: Dr. Manu Chandaria, Ephantus Maina of the Happy Kidney Foundation, Safaricom Foundation, The Lewa Children’s Home, the Janada Batchelor Fund for Children (TZ) and the Maasai Girls Education Fund. The 2014 Awards will recognize those who through their planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services have given voice and influence towards improvement of the wellbeing of humanity and the communities they live in.

For more information on how to nominate (deadline of 15th August), please consult this link.

The Case for Community Philanthropy – now available in Hungarian!

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters, is now available in Hungarian. The report makes the case that increasing local ownership and local accountability leads to stronger communities and should be a main focus of  development aid practitioners. The community philanthropy approach works at the grassroots level  by looking at local assets (financial and otherwise) and by building capacity and trust for addressing  community needs and priorities.

Translations of the report are now available in 14 different languages!

The Case for Community Philanthropy – now available in Czech!

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters, is now available in Czech. The report makes the case that increasing local ownership and local accountability leads to stronger communities and should be a main focus of  development aid practitioners. The community philanthropy approach works at the grassroots level  by looking at local assets (financial and otherwise) and by building capacity and trust for addressing  community needs and priorities.

Translations of the report are now available in 13 different languages!