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Assets, capacity, trust: The role of community foundations in the development of local philanthropy

The concept of community philanthropy continues to take shape around the world, though researchers and civil society development institutions in many countries are concerned with the same questions: what role does community philanthropy play in local development, what ideas and resources are invested in it, and how can it be measured and evaluated? The research in this report surveys the work of four Russian community foundations – in Angarsk, Perm, Pryazha and Pskov – and uses the Assets-Capacities-Trust (ACT) Framework to begin to address these questions. It looks at how these organizations measure their work, particularly around tracking the small, often invisible, markers of progress, and how together they all contribute to a bigger version of success.

Authors: Larisa Avrorina and Barry Knight

Published: February 2021

Published by: Charities Aid Foundation Russia, GFCF & Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace

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