December 2016

#ShiftThePower: The rise of community philanthropy

Volume 21 , Number 4

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#ShiftThePower: The rise of community philanthropy

Volume 21 , Number 4

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#ShiftThePower: The rise of community philanthropy

The December 2016 edition of Alliance looks at the rise of community philanthropy – the idea that development should be owned by local people not imposed from the outside. Community philanthropy’s advocates, many of whom are featured in this issue of Alliance, argue that, in addition to being socially just, this approach to development is the key to sustainable development.

In a powerful call to action to coincide with the December 2016 Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg, guest editors Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight argue that durable development requires the formation of local assets, the fostering of trust, and capacity building from the bottom up. As they put it, community philanthropy’s emphasis on ‘local resources and local accountability’ is a central pillar for ‘effective development’.

The December 2016 edition also features an interview with Beate Eckhardt about the Swiss Foundation sector, an analysis of the future of corporate foundations and an op-ed by Cathy Pharoah questioning whether it ever makes sense to force foundations to make annual payouts.

Guest Editors' Article

#ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy

29 November 2016
Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight

In this special feature on community philanthropy, we propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’. This involves shifting power closer to the ground, giving agency to local people and their organizations on the principle that they should have greater control of their own destinies. The growing field of community philanthropy has much to contribute towards such a paradigm shift because it marks a distinct break with many of the conventions – and resulting distortions – …

 
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Editorial

Philanthropy must shift power

‘The most radical way to advance meaningful change is to shift economic, social and cultural power to those who don’t have it.’ (Peter Buffett and Jennifer Buffett, Novo Foundation) The emergence of community philanthropy offers a new way of looking at philanthropic enterprise and international development. The essence of community philanthropy is that development should be owned by local people not imposed from the outside, and that power should be shifted closer to the ground to give people control over their own destiny. Community philanthropy’s advocates, many of whom are featured in this issue of Alliance, argue that, in addition …

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Letters

Democratize philanthropy

Eugenie Harvey For Subscribers

The September 2016 Alliance breakfast club, kindly hosted by Charities Aid Foundation, focused on the influence of philanthropy, and what limits, if any, should …

Funders need to use knowledge and exert influence

Lena Baumgartner For Subscribers

The topic at the last Alliance breakfast club, How much influence does philanthropy have? provoked much debate. One of the …

Give power to grantees

Angela Seay For Subscribers

Alliance magazine is to be commended for its September issue special feature contributing to the ongoing discussion of philanthropy’s increasing …

Choose carefully: thoughts on philanthropy’s bankers

Karin Jestin For Subscribers

Passionately convinced of the need to advance philanthropy, I welcome banks’ engagement on this issue, as highlighted in the article …