Expanding and strengthening community philanthropy in Brazil
“A crucial starting point to the examination of the concept of community philanthropy is that it must be perceived as a field that is constantly under construction, as a way or a tool to mobilize social reality through the development of initiatives and efforts involving numerous players and dynamics, without imposing “top-down” solutions, but rather raising the communities’ voices and power in pursuit of their own solutions to existing issues, and toward the construction of a greater common good.”
This paper from the Brazil Social Justice Philanthropy Network represents an important contribution to the emerging global community philanthropy narrative. It describes the current state of community philanthropy in Brazil and worldwide, by defining concepts and mapping important trends and experiences in the field. In particular, the concepts of “decoloniality” and “tropicalization” are offered as a way to consider community philanthropy as something that is inherent rather than imposed, and as a field that is constantly under construction. The paper was prepared on the basis of bibliographic and document research, as well as testimonies gathered during interviews held with a number of professionals engaging in philanthropy and private social investment in Brazil. It was conceived as an open-ended endeavour, a starting point, which does not purpose to be a complete or finished document, but rather a kick-off point to a reflection on the practices and experiences surrounding this topic, to contribute to the strengthening of community philanthropy in Brazil.
Published by: Brazil Social Justice Philanthropy Network
Published: November 2019