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Connecting the Missing Link: Bringing Together Global Philanthropists and Global Community Philanthropy Organizations

June 1, 2015

In a project begun in 2011, Synergos brought together individual philanthropists and leaders of community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) from around the world to learn about and understand the potentially transformative benefits of forming partnerships to address societal problems.This project has opened a number of doors to creating opportunities for community foundations and philanthropists to extend their reach as well as significantly increase the impact of their work. It has substantially raised awareness and has also created safe spaces for constructive dialogue on how to move forward in working together. These spaces can now be transformed into more practical "laboratories" to address community problems.

Funding Strategically in the Field of Climate Change

September 1, 2009

This paper aims to help donors identify strategic intervention points for effective funding and action in the arena of climate change. It is a summary of remarks from learning forums convened by the Institute for Philanthropy and Synergos in New York and London in May 2009, with the support of Oak Foundation and Zennström Philanthropies.

Building and Managing Endowments: Lessons from Southeast Asia

January 1, 2003

This paper provides an analysis of the experiences of four organizations in Southeast Asia (three in the Philippines, one in Indonesia) in creating, building, and managing endowments as mechanisms for their financial sustainability. However, it does not intend to compare and assess the performance of the four foundations' endowments. It describes the concept of endowments and draws conclusion about managed endowments, by comparing the four organizations and the differences between funding by grants and funding by managed endowments.

The Status of and Trends in Private Philanthropy in the Southern Hemisphere

October 1, 2001

This is a discussion Paper for the Executive Session on the Future of Philanthropy Of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, October 2001

Establishing Grants Administration Procedures

August 18, 2000

This set of guidelines is extracted from a complete guide to grants administration. The guidelines describe how to set up and follow a procedure to administer grants: from creating an application form to evaluating proposals.

Planning for Institutional Development and Developing Budgets and Financial Management Systems

January 1, 2000

This section lays out issues related to strategic planning by the Foundation for Community Development (FDC) and illustrates the development of budgets and financial management systems by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). Also explored here is the financial reporting system set up by the Esquel Ecuador Foundation (FEE) for their grantees.