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US community foundations making significant global impact

Natalie Ross 15 August 2017

Since I joined the Council on Foundations in early 2016, I have fielded many requests from community foundations (CFs) seeking support and guidance in facilitating international grants, often due to growing interest from members of …


Community foundations learn to #shiftthepower in Belfast

Alliance magazine 8 August 2017

Foundations from around the world attended a three-day meeting in Belfast during the week of July 27, held by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The event was …


German and US community foundations – what can they learn from each other? 

Christiane Biedermann, Bernadette Hellmann and Stefan Nährlich 27 June 2017 For Subscribers

Community foundations are a global phenomenon. The first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, was founded by Frederick Goff in Ohio over 100 years ago. The aim was to create a local and independent institution, run for …

EFC Forum presents results of Roma Inclusion mapping

Sarah Perrine 1 June 2017

Twenty participants of the EFC annual conference met this week, at the EFC’s annual conference in Warsaw, to discuss the future of private donor funding on Roma inclusion. The EFC’s Forum for Roma Inclusion presented …

Refugees welcome: Germany can do it!

Bettina Windau 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Summer 2015: 200,000…800,000…1,000,000… official estimates of the number of displaced people arriving in Germany continually lagged behind the facts. Germans worried about how their country could deal with such an influx of people. Yet at …

The story of Ghayat and Biggi… and all the others

Axel Halling 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Everything is different for Ghayat Svied now that he knows Biggi Marburger. Gayat Svied is 42 years old, has a degree in biology and worked for 17 years in environmental protection in Syria. For the …

Rita Thapa appointed as new chair of GFCF board

Alliance magazine 24 March 2017

The Global Fund for Community Foundations has appointed Rita Thapa as the new chair of its board. She will succeed Gerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre, who has held the position since 2013. …

Community foundations’ growing popularity in rural Russia

Halie Dalton 21 March 2017

CAF Russia has completed a study, funded by the Global Fund for Community Foundations, on the phenomenon of community foundations (CFs) in rural areas of Russia. Community foundations in small areas are seen as ‘drivers …

How to be effective and responsive to communities?

Chandrika Sahai 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

The December issue of Alliance focused on the topic of community philanthropy and the concept of ‘durable development’ – shifting power closer to the ground and giving agency to local people and their organizations. Here, …

Impact of new approaches needs to be demonstrated

Anna Wansbrough-Jones 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

The December issue of Alliance focused on the topic of community philanthropy and the concept of ‘durable development’ – shifting power closer to the ground and giving agency to local people and their organizations. Here, …