New grants for community philanthropy and the environment to Turkey, Bosnia, Egypt and Nepal!

The GFCF is pleased to announce grants totalling $117,000 to 10 community foundations and community philanthropy organizations for a new programme aimed at exploring the links between community philanthropy and the environment. New grantees include the Bolu Community Foundation in Turkey, the Tuzla Community Foundation in Bosnia, the Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation in Egypt and Tewa in Nepal.

This programme represents a new area of exploration for the GFCF and builds on a series of activities conducted last in year which included consultations and two pilot grants in Romania and South Africa. In addition to grants to individual organizations, the GFCF will create a peer learning network and will host at least one face-to-face meeting later this year.

A full list of grants can be found here

 

Photo courtesy of the Monteverde Community Fund in Costa Rica, another 2014 GFCF environment grantee

Call for applications: Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program for community foundation professionals

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York is seeking young community foundation professionals from around the globe to join its 2014 fall International Fellows Program, to be held Monday September 22 – Friday December 12. Individuals should apply who:

  • Aim to strengthen community philanthropy and place-based grantmaking organizations
  • Want to increase the sector’s impact in their local community
  • Seek networking opportunities with third-sector colleagues worldwide
  • Aspire to lead the community philanthropy sector in new directions

The final deadline for applications is June 13 2014. For more information and how to apply, visit the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s website.

The Case for Community Philanthropy – now available in Polish

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters, is now available in Polish. 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 12 different languages!

Grants awarded in 2014-15

 

 

East Asia and the Pacific

New! Mongolian Women’s Fund (MONES), Mongolia. US $15,000 (July 2015) Support to develop online fundraising campaign

New! Guangdong Harmony Foundation, China. US $20,000 (August 2015) Mapping of community foundationl landscape in China

LIN Center, Vietnam. US $20,000 (May 2015) Instutional development and matching funding support for local resource mobilization

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Bilgoraj Community Foundation, Poland. US $9,000 (June 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Bolu Community Foundation, Turkey. US $10,950 (May 2014) and US $10,000 (follow-on grant, May 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Covasna Community Foundation, Romania. US $8,000 (January 2014) and US $12,000 (follow-on grant, May 2015). Community philanthropy and environment

Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation, Romania. US $11,190 (May 2014) and US $11,340 (follow-on grant, April 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Penza Community Foundation “Civil Unity”, Russia. US $15,000 (June 2015) Development of endowment concept for Russian community foundations

Tuzla Community Foundation, Bosnia. US $11,240 (May 2014) and US $12,000 (follow-on grant, April 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Tuzla Community Foundation, Bosnia. US $5,000 (January 2014). Close-out of YCE activities

Sodeistvie (Social Initiatives Support Fund), Perm, Russia. US $11,500 (May 2014) and US $10,200 (follow-on grant, May 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Latin America and Caribbean

Instituto Rio, Brazil. US $10,000 (January 2015). Support for local resource mobilization strategy

Fondo Región Colonia, Uruguay. US $12,000 (May 2015) Institutional development

Monteverde Community Fund, Costa Rica. US $12,000 (May 2014) and US $15,000 (follow-on grant, May 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Fondo Acción Solidaria, A.C. (FASOL), Mexico. US $12,000 (May 2014) and US $13,000 (follow-on grant, April 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

Espwa (for the Haiti Community Foundation Initiative). US $10,000 (April 2014) and US $6,500 (June 2015) Support for planning and local consultation processes; operating costs

Middle East and North Africa

Creative Palestinian Communities Fund / Middle East Children’s Alliance, Palestinian Territories / United States. US $5,000 (October 2014) Support for planning / feasibility process

Waqfeyat al Maadi Community Foundation, Egypt. US $12,000 (May 2014) Community philanthropy and environment

South Asia

New! iPartner, India. US $12,000 (July 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

New! Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad (GENVP), India. US $10,000 (July 2015) Feasibility for community foundation for Dalit communities in Bihar

Bangladesh Women’s Foundation, Bangladesh. US $10,000 (July 2014) Support for strategic planning process

Dalit Foundation, India. US $17,000 (April 2015) Mobilization of 40 community level initiatives

Foundation for Social Transformation – enabling northeast India, India. US $12,000 (May 2014) and US $25,000 (follow-on grant, June 2015) Community philanthropy and environment + institutional development

Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, Sri Lanka US $10,000 (August 2014) Institutional development and small grants programme

Social Trust Fund, Indonesia US $10,000 (August 2014) Core support

Tewa, Nepal. US $12,000 (May 2014) and US $10,460 (follow-up grant, June 2015) Community philanthropy and environment / disaster response

Sub-Saharan Africa

Kilimani Project Foundation, Kenya. US $12,000 (December 2014) Institutional development support

Uluntu Community Foundation, Zimbabwe. US $12,000 (May 2014) and US $15,000 (June 2015) Community philanthropy and environment + core support

Community Development Foundation Western Cape, South Africa. US $10,010 (February 2014) and US $15,000 (follow-on grant, 2015) Community philanthropy and environment

West Coast Community Foundation, South Africa. US $10,000 (April 2014) and US $18,000 (April 2015) Ongoing development of YouthBank programme and institutional development support

It’s not too late to complete the Community Foundation Atlas survey! Join 400 organizations around the world and be part of this unique global project!

With over 400 responses from more than 40 countries, the Community Foundation Atlas – an online project aimed at mapping community philanthropy the world over – is growing rapidly. But we need more responses to add to this already rich of data on community philanthropy around the world!

Initial findings show the enormous diversity of the global field. There are community foundations with annual budgets in the tens of thousands of US dollars and others which have tens of millions! Over three quarters have an endowment fund – and again these range from the hundreds of dollars to the billions. Although the deep analysis of the data is just getting started,

The information collected through the Atlas survey also includes how community philanthropy organizations see themselves – their roles and their successes in the communities they serve – as well as some of the societal trends to which they are responding. Participants at a recent session on the Atlas at WINGSForum in Istanbul at the end of March had a “sneak-peak” of some of this data, which looks at the essence of community foundations’ work and made further recommendations around regional disaggregation of data sets as well as looking at cohorts of institutions based on age or asset size as a way of digging deeper into understanding the dynamics, drive and origins of community philanthropy organizations in different parts of the world.

The Community Foundation Atlas is a joint collaboration of the Cleveland Foundation, the Global Fund for Community Foundations, WINGS and the Foundation Centre. It is supported by the Mott Foundation.

The survey is currently available in English and Spanish. Go to the survey

He Daofeng wins second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize!

The finalists came from India, Russia (2), Latvia, Brazil and Turkey (2) but it was He Daofeng who was announced the winner of the second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize on 27th March 2014 at the WINGSForum in Istanbul. The £5,000 prize is awarded annually 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.” Last year’s prize winners were Jane Weru and Kingsley Mucheke for their work to build assets among landless slum dwellers in in Kenya.

He Daofeng, this year’s prize-winnerHe Daofeng is Executive President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) the first GONGO to become a fully independent foundation and Chair of the China Foundation Center. In his work there and at the China Foundation Center, Mr He has pioneered the use of open and businesslike management methods in China’s philanthropic sector. His work with high net worth individuals as well as more modest givers has helped both to encourage the practice of philanthropy, and to stress the importance of accountability.

In a recent interview with Alliance magazine, Mr He discussed his personal motivation to join the field: “I was a farmer for many years, so I understood the plight of poor farmers. I was also a researcher looking at China’s rural reform in the 1980s and I saw that social reform was needed to underpin economic reform. After Tiananmen Square I thought it would be useless to push for political reform. Rather, we should promote philanthropy and cultivate social self-governance, the civil society spirit and citizen obligation. So social change was the industry sector I chose at the time.”

The “Olga” prize commemorates the memory of Olga Alexeeva, a Russian-born but global citizen who had been a pioneer in the world of emerging markets philanthropy and whose sudden death in July 2011 marked an enormous loss to the global philanthropy field. 

Meet some of the finalists for the 2014 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

So far, the list includes Brazil, Russia, Latvia, Turkey…

Over the last few weeks, Alliance magazine has been gradually revealing the names of the finalists for the 2014 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize which 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.

Finalists so far include:

 

  • Lucia Dellagnelo, Founder of ICom (Instituto Comunitario Grande Florianopolis), the first community foundation in Southern Brazil. Read more
  • Larisa Avrorina, Community Foundations programme manager at CAF Russia. Read more
  • Rūta Dimanta, Founder of Foundation ‘Ziedot’ (donate), Latvia’s first internet giving portal. Read more
  • Natalya Kaminarskaya, executive director of the Russian Donors Forum. Read more
  • Itir Erhart and I Renay Onur, founders of Adim Adim (Step by Step), Turkey. Read more

The last finalist will be announced in the coming days and the winner will be announced at the WINGSForum in Istanbul in March 2014.

 

The Case for Community Philanthropy – now available in 10 languages!

The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters was first published in English in June 2013. Since then, and thanks to the efforts of partners in the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, it has been translated into 10 languages, including Arabic, Haitian Creole, Turkish and Ukranian.

See the other languages

For further information on getting the report translated into other languages, please contact Wendy Richardson at the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

Achieving social change: what role for grantmaking?

Increasingly, grantmaking is being dismissed as a serious strategy for achieving social change, with the real business being done by venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, and most recently catalytic philanthropy.

As a prelude to the March 2014 issue of Alliance magazine this webinar roundtable brought together proponents/practitioners of different approaches to philanthropy to look at grantmaking as a strategy for achieving social change – not as the strategy, the truth, but as one of a number of approaches that funders can use.

The discussion was moderated by Barry Knight and Jenny Hodgson, guest editors for the ‘Grantmaking for social change’ Alliance special feature to be published on 1 March.

The following took part:

  • Kathleen Cravero, Oak Foundation, Switzerland
  • Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, US
  • Avila Kilmurray, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, UK
  • Rana Kotan, Sabanci Foundation, Turkey
  • Mark Kramer, FSG, US

Listen to the webinar