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Assets, Capacity, Trust: Role of Community Foundations in Development of Local Philanthropy

February 1, 2021

The concept of community philanthropy continues to take shape across countries. Researchers and civil society development institutions in many countries are concerned with the same questions: what role community philanthropy plays in local development, what ideas and resources are invested in it, and how it can be measured and evaluated.We asked ourselves the same questions within the Program for Support of Community Philanthropy implemented by CAF Russia. Together with community foundations involved in the program we started to look for solutions. New research presented in this report demonstrates the use of ACT (Assets-Capacity-Trust) framework to find answers to these questions. This report highlights what we found important, what were the results and the impact of the work.

Measuring What Matters

October 1, 2020

This consultation paper is designed to advance a conversation about measurement in civil society. The goal is to identify more meaningful approaches to organizational learning and accountability. The paper is jointly published by published by Candid, the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) and Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP). Over a two‑year period, 130 people from civil society from all over the world came together in a series of parallel and intersecting conversations, online and in‑person, to co‑create this document. It is now being published to widen those discussions and to advance the co‑creation process still further. A list of those involved forms Annex A.

Medindo o que importa

October 1, 2020

Esse documento de consulta foi elaborado para avançarmos na conversa sobre mensuração das ações no âmbito da sociedade civil. Seu objetivo é identificar abordagens que tenham maior impacto em termos de aprendizagem organizacional e prestação de contas. Esse trabalho é uma publicação conjunta do Candid, do Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) e do Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP).Durante dois anos, 130 pessoas que atuam na sociedade civil em todo o mundo se reuniram em uma série de conversas paralelas e transversais, on‑line e presenciais, para cocriar esse documento. Sua publicação busca ampliar essas discussões e avançar ainda mais no processo de cocriação. O Anexo A traz uma lista das pessoas envolvidas.

Philanthropy for a safe, healthy, and just world

July 13, 2020

In 2019, Candid and Centris, with support from PeaceNexus Foundation, conducted a survey, Philanthropy for a Safe, Healthy, and Just World. The results, based on 823 civil society organization responses, reveal philanthropists can do better to support global peacebuilding efforts.The world today continues to be shaken by armed conflicts, yet, according to research by Candid, peace-related grantmaking comprises less than 1 percent of all grants. Further, the study found that only 18 percent of survey respondents indicated that conflict transformation and peacebuilding were "very important" to their work; in fact, it ranked at the very bottom of the list. Still, 57 percent of respondents said that supporting resilience and stable societies—a key component of peacebuilding— is either important or central to their work. Moreover, it was more common for organizations to see their work through the lens of social justice or human rights than through the lens of peace, suggesting a broader understanding and acceptance of these frameworks compared to peace.

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy - Indonesian Version

March 3, 2020

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy is the second global picture of organizations serving philanthropy presented by WINGS that reflects on how we, as a field, can grow and strengthen philanthropy infrastructure worldwide.

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy - Mandarin Chinese Version

November 25, 2019

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy is the second global picture of organizations serving philanthropy presented by WINGS that reflects on how we, as a field, can grow and strengthen philanthropy infrastructure worldwide.

Leadership and Development: Paper 2 in PSJP’s Defining Key Concepts Series

March 12, 2019

This is the second paper in PSJP's Defining Key Concepts series and it looks at the concept of 'leadership' in development and philanthropy. (The first paper, published in October 2018, looked at the concept of Dignity.) Although widely used, and viewed as an important ingredient in successful philanthropy and development, there is no common understanding of what people mean by the term leadership or how its value is demonstrated in practice. In March 2018, when PSJP ran an exploratory webinar for civil society practitioners to identify hot topics they wanted to discuss, leadership was identified because people said that they were unclear about its role.

What makes a strong ecosystem of support to philanthropy?

March 28, 2018

The stakes over the development of a sound and strong system to support and develop philanthropy have never been higher. In many regions the infrastructure is still emerging and needs to be strengthened and where it is well developed it often faces challenges of sustainability and duplications. This paper, published by WINGS,  provides information and key messages to guide the reflections of funders, philanthropy support leaders and other actors, in developing their infrastructure and turning it into a proper ecosytem. It gives a picture of organizations, functions and activities that are needed for philanthropy infrastructure to play its role unleashing the potential of philanthropy and calls for a new paradigm of collaboration within the field.  More than a publication, it is a step in a long-term process of reflection and action to develop a strong and interconnected global ecosystem of support to philanthropy.

Constiuent Voices: Lean Data Learnings

March 1, 2018

This report sets out results from a consultation to explore ways to stimulate and develop community philanthropy as a means of contributing to the sustainability of civil society and supporting the effectiveness of development aid.The consultation was undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation USA and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in association with the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The Ford Foundation also contributed resources to the process.Three meetings were held (in Washington D.C., Johannesburg, and Dhaka). Three working papers were written during the process, and two articles published in Alliance magazine so that a wider constituency could offer feedback. People who took part in meetings are listed in Annex A.

Building Bridges for Local Good : A Guide to Community Foundations in Europe

September 1, 2017

This report, produced by the European Community Foundation Initiative on the eve of their first annual conference, provides a look at the diversity which characterizes the approximately 670 community foundations in Europe. In 27 European countries, citizens are actively committed at a local level to improving their community. The differences in the general political, economic and sociocultural conditions become secondary; what connects people is their common goal. The report considers the field from a social science point of view, reflects on the future of the movement on the continent, and also provides a snapshot of the support organizations working to support community foundations in Europe.

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

February 22, 2017

Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy is the second global picture of organizations serving philanthropy presented by WINGS that reflects on how we, as a field, can grow and strengthen philanthropy infrastructure worldwide.

Grantmaking for Social Justice and Peace: Approaches Drawn from Shared Practice

January 1, 2016

This study aims to share the experiences and practices of many different funders and, in doing so, to encourage self reflection. Whether it is framing priority issues, designing grant programmes or listing selection criteria, each of these steps either includes or excludes options for change. What are often seen as technical considerations can, in fact, be incredibly important in identifying potential grantee and collaborative partners. Power does not only lie in foundation boards and chief executives, it is also found in the niches of programme decision making, outreach and administration.