December 2000

How to identify grassroots organizations

Volume 5 , Number 4

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How to identify grassroots organizations

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Guest Editors' Article

Community foundations as partners in corporate responsibility

1 December 2000
Gaynor Humphreys

Community foundations all over the world are proving themselves as knowledgeable local grantmakers. In the UK many companies are finding it effective to channel their investment in the community through a community foundation. But this is not just happening at the local level. Both companies and government are beginning to experiment with national-level partnerships to deliver local grantmaking. The community foundation network in the UK now includes nearly 60 local community foundations at various stages …

 
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Editorial

Editorial – December 2000

How does a northern-based grantmaker reach small grassroots organizations in the South – what Rien van Gendt refers to as ‘the "darlings" of the international development community’? This issue of Alliance looks at some of the options. One approach increasingly being explored by donors of all types is the use of intermediary grantmakers. Another approach, exemplified by the Global Fund for Women and the Global Greengrants Fund, is the use of formal and informal networks of regional and country advisers to help identify local organizations to support. A new feature you will notice in this issue is the South Asia …

Editorial – How to identify grassroots organisations

Yugoslavia has shown that effective cooperation between civic groups and donors can play a very significant role in the public policy arena. There is perhaps no other country in Europe where civil society organizations have played such a key role in changing the country’s destiny. In my view, having been privileged to cooperate with Yugoslav/Serbian NGOs over recent months, theirs was the best non-partisan election-related campaign developed by NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe. There have been several outstanding NGO campaigns in CEE countries in the last decade, but none on so large a scale or so creative. Learning from …