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Círculo de herramientas para la integración de la perspectiva de género en el diseño, implementación y evaluación de proyectos comunitarios

June 1, 2023

The toolkit Círculo de herramientas para la integración de la perspectiva de género en el diseño, implementación y evaluación de proyectos comunitarios, was created through a collaborative process that integrates the visions, experiences, work and voice of fourteen women representatives of seven community foundations participating in COMUNALIA´s network. The tools guide a first step towards the integration of the gender perspective in the design, implementation, and evaluation of community projects.

Philanthropy for Gender Equity: Recommendations and Learnings from the WINGS Community

May 30, 2023

WINGS recognises that gender equity is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Therefore, WINGS aims to raise awareness and develop concrete action for gender equity in the philanthropic sector.In this sense, WINGS has commissioned preliminary research to collect data and propose actions to foster philanthropy for gender equity within our community. The objective was to map learnings and best practices toward gender equity among WINGS members.The publication is funded by the European Union as part of the project 'Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential: Enhancing the Enabling Environment, Effectiveness and leveraging the contributions of Philanthropy actors'.

Creative Capitalism: Nelson Rockefeller’s Development Vision for Latin America and the World

May 30, 2023

This study of the American International Association for Economic and Social Development (AIA) and its associated corporations, including the commercial International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC), illuminates an understudied chapter in the history of the public-private aid regime that grew in the midtwentieth century to become the major industry it is today. As development aid became an American strategic priority in the decades after World War II, Nelson Rockefeller embarked on his own experiment for improving agricultural production and standards of living in poor areas of the world. His laboratory would be Latin America, the region he knew well from his wartime work at the Office of Inter-American Affairs (OIAA). Rockefeller's vision of "creative capitalism" meshed development work into a complex system of nonprofit and for-profit corporations engaged in trial-and-error projects to figure out how to develop perceived underdeveloped societies. With the announcement of President Truman's Point IV policy to deploy American development aid globally, Rockefeller advised the US government to make creative and robust use of American nonprofit and commercial expertise to implement this new strategic objective. This project illustrates just how overlapping and porous the boundaries of nonprofit and commercial development work were and the extent to which they intertwined with the state and other entities. It also shows the difficulties of agricultural and economic development abroad when conducted by small nonprofit corporations and commercial capital—even with the backing of Rockefeller wealth. These limitations meant that AIA increasingly turned to support from the burgeoning US and international public-private aid industry.

Arts and Culture at the Core of Philanthropy : Volume 2

May 23, 2023

As multiple crises have unfolded in recent years, the arts and culture sector has been among the most damaged financially, and its structural fragilities have significantly deteriorated. At the same time, its value to society throughout these crises has been undoubtedly clear.This second volume of Philea's research into European philanthropic funding in the field of arts and culture reveals a philanthropic sector that is strongly committed to resourcing artistic and cultural organisations to strengthen their resilience; has a cross-cutting and intersectional tendency in its work; and is clearly open to collaborative and participatory approaches.This edition of the mapping surveyed 64 foundations from 17 different countries, and includes contributions from several experts in the field. 

Environmental Funding by European Foundations : Volume 6

May 22, 2023

The 6th edition of this research into environmental funding by European foundations is the most comprehensive report to date on environmental philanthropy in Europe. The report is based on 2021 grants data from 126 of the largest environmental foundations in Europe. The mapping analyses the 8,518 environmental grants made in 2021 by these foundations, worth a combined €1.6 billion.This is more than double the value of the grants analysed in the previous edition of this research. The report covers topics ranging from thematic focus of environmental grantmaking, to geographical distribution, to approaches to change and environmental discourses taken by funders, among others. It concludes with issues for foundations to consider as the world reckons with the current environmental and climate crisis. 

The Guide to Usefulness of Existing AI Solutions in Nonprofit Organizations: A starting point for nonprofit organizations that are embarking on their AI journey

May 17, 2023

The goal of this Guide to Usefulness of Existing AI Solutions in nonprofit organizations is to provide a starting point to those embarking on their AI journey. It focuses particularly on generative AI tools, with a range of available solutions and some cautionary advice. By no means is it a complete list - rather, we want to encourage nonprofits to try out the solutions on offer, to understand their functionality and limitations, and to assess what benefits their use may deliver, as well as hold risks in mind.

The 1963 Ford Foundation Program for Film Makers and the Networks of Experimental Cinema

May 12, 2023

In June 1963, the Ford Foundation's Humanities and the Arts program sent out a call for nominations for their Program for Film Makers. Nine months later, in March 1964, twelve American filmmakers received grants of 10,000 dollars "to enable a limited number of creative film makers to extend and deepen their artistic experience and productivity." The documents surrounding the creation and development of this one-time grant in support of experimental filmmaking reveal the challenges facing private foundations engaged with an evolving and diverse art form. Furthermore, they counter a representation of experimental filmmaking as individualistic and author-centered by uncovering networks of support among artists and the cultural milieu that sustained their works.

Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations

May 12, 2023

For philanthropy, as in other sectors of public and private life, acting with transparency and being ready to be held to account for one's actions is an essential precondition for building trust, legitimacy, and community support for each organisation's work.Given the current challenges in philanthropy, there is a growing need for practical guidance on achieving greater transparency and accountability. The 'Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations', produced in collaboration with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI), offers detailed step-by-step guidance on designing and implementing transparency and accountability plans.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union.

The Creator Economy: A guide for impact investors

May 4, 2023

The "creator economy" is the online ecosystem of platforms, products and services that enable independent content creators to make their work, build their audiences, monetize their ideas, and manage their careers. Technology is transforming how creative work is produced, distributed, compensated, and enjoyed — while simultaneously expanding who gets to tell their stories and who sees their own experiences represented online. Upstart Co-Lab believes impact investors can play a role to ensure the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and access are prioritized in this rapidly growing sector.The latest in a series of deep dives into key creative industries, this report looks at a fast-growing segment of Upstart Co-Lab's pipeline of impact investment opportunities in the U.S. creative economy.

Funding Climate Action: Pathways for Philanthropy

May 4, 2023

Increased greenhouse gas pollution is warming the planet quickly, threatening people, cultures, ecosystems, and global stability. We need a worldwide transition to clean, safe, accessible energy. This transition is complex and requires steady, staged progress. Too often, strategies for addressing the twin challenges of protecting the planet and promoting clean energy access have been slowed by divisions between and among nations, governments at all levels, the private sector, nonprofits, and advocates. At risk are the people and communities that need solutions.This report is a call to action. The solutions necessary to combat climate change are systemic and require collaboration across the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. Fortunately, there are also hopeful signs of progress, both globally and in the U.S. In the last few years, we have seen an acceleration of government funding, significant Net Zero commitments from corporations, and an important increase in philanthropy focused on climate adaptation and mitigation. 

Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local

May 3, 2023

'Lecciones de financiadores para la acción climática sobre la asistencia para el desarrollo liderada a nivel local' se centra en las experiencias de los donantes que han apoyado iniciativas de desarrollo dirigidas localmente para abordar el cambio climático. Proporciona una descripción general de las mejores prácticas y los desafíos asociados con los esfuerzos de financiamiento climático y recomendaciones para mejorar el apoyo a las comunidades locales en la lucha contra el cambio climático.Esta publicación ha sido realizada con el apoyo financiero de la Unión Europea. Su contenido es responsabilidad exclusiva de ALAS y no refleja necesariamente los puntos de vista de la Unión Europea.English: French:

Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques

May 3, 2023

"Aide au développement local : leçons de bailleurs de fonds climatiques" se concentre sur les expériences des bailleurs de fonds qui ont soutenu des initiatives de développement menées localement pour lutter contre le changement climatique. Il offre un aperçu des meilleures pratiques et des défis associés aux efforts de financement climatique et des recommandations pour améliorer le soutien aux communautés locales dans la lutte contre le changement climatique.Cette publication a été réalisée avec le soutien financier de l'Union européenne. Son contenu relève de la seule responsabilité de WINGS et ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues de l'Union européenne.English: Spanish: