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Latin American community philanthropy in the vanguard

Andrés Thompson 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

In Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville remarked on ‘the general equality of conditions’ in the United States. He didn’t travel to Latin America. If he had, he would have seen a very different picture: …

Case study: Feminist philanthropy on the streets of Latin America

Luz Aquilante 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The Women’s Fund from the South (FMS) was created in 2007 to promote women’s rights by investing in women-led organizations, particularly at the grassroots level. Part of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF/Prospera), it …

Case study: Instilling a sense of co-responsibility in donors

Anderson Giovani da Silva 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The Community Foundation for Greater Florianopolis (ICOM) operates in Southern Brazil in a region of deep inequalities. Over the 10 years since its establishment, ICOM has gradually moved its source of funding away from international …

GIFE – New advocacy strategy in Brazil

GIFE 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Brazil enjoys a relatively free environment for civil society organizations, but non-profit organizations still face enormous challenges to develop a strong and autonomous sector. Some of these relate to the complexity of the social and …

How corporate foundations in Colombia can contribute to a lasting peace

Carolina Suarez 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

After more than six years of talks between the government and the FARC, the oldest and most violent guerrilla insurgency movement in Colombia, we are facing a historical moment. The narrow failure of the plebiscite …

Mexican Center for Philanthropy: Volunteering goes centre stage in Mexico

Cemefi 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Volunteering is increasing – and increasingly important – in Mexico. In recognition of this, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy’s (Cemefi’s) major events this year will be focused on volunteerism at the national and the international …

GIFE: Push for non-profit transparency in Brazil

GIFE 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Brazil’s politics is dogged by poor governance and lack of transparency among state institutions, with corruption scandals the most visible result. The non-profit sector faces similar challenges. In order to combat this, GIFE has recently …

Southern philanthropy to the rescue?

2 Ine Van Severen and Mandeep Tiwana 17 August 2016

In a time of receding foreign aid and restrictions on international funding, civil society organisations working on social justice and human rights are facing challenging times. Could the growth of philanthropy in the global south …

Mexican Center for Philanthropy: New platforms boost social investment

Cemefi 7 June 2016

The Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) is proud to announce the launch of two platforms aimed at strengthening civil society organizations and creating liaisons with corporate funding programmes. The social investment platform (PLADIS) is designed to …

Care for the earth: traditional wisdom of ancestral authorities

Juanita Cabrera Lopez 7 June 2016

Guatemala is among the 19 most diverse countries on the planet. Its particular vulnerability to hurricanes, tornados and drought makes it urgent and critical to respond appropriately to the threat of climate change.  However, any …