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Global Summit on Community Philanthropy

What #ShiftThePower means to us

Neena S Jain 14 December 2016

When we first started our nonprofit organization, emBOLDen Alliances, it was a bit of a lonely road that involved many an uphill climb and overcoming incredible obstacles. We have been told more than once to …


Moving forward community philanthropy

1 Andrés Thompson 12 December 2016

On reflection, having attended the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy a couple of weeks ago, I have no doubt that it was a great, creative and productive summit. However, there are some issues that I …


About grantmaking and effective interventions

Ine Van Severen 6 December 2016

Imagine the following scenario: as a donor you come across an informal community group with a great idea that would substantially benefit the community. Downside? It’s an informal group, a loose network of activists, with …

Reflections on community philanthropy’s global gathering

1 Carola Carazzone 6 December 2016

I am at Jo’burg airport on my way back to Italy. I leave South Africa after the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy with a warm, energizing feeling of belonging. There is a global community of …

Is it time to dance? The intersection of community philanthropy and ‘traditional’ international development

Anna Wansbrough-Jones 6 December 2016

Following my first exposure to community philanthropy at the Global Summit in December 2016, I left feeling both excited and challenged. Community philanthropy – I learnt at the conference – believes in the process as …

Shifting the power? An alternative to ‘big aid’ in community philanthropy

2 Aisha Mansour 6 December 2016

While new to the community philanthropy world, I have been an advocate for change in the international aid system for nearly 10 years.  After living in one of the highest recipient per capita countries of …

Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

Ine Van Severen 5 December 2016

It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks trends in the conditions for civil society in countries around …

Extractive Resources – An Alternative Source of Funding?

Aimi Zhou 5 December 2016

The open session during the second day of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy centred on a rarely discussed, but frequently controversial topic: communities receiving funding from extractive companies. Increasingly, communities are looking for alternative …

On Language and Power

Dana Doan 5 December 2016

I walked into the Global Summit for Community Philanthropy breakout session on narrative and language a bit late and yet my heart started racing as soon as I overheard the inter-related issues the discussion sought to address… …

‘What do we want? Participatory grant-making!’

Anna Wansbrough-Jones 2 December 2016

In one of the many buzzing fringe sessions at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, contributors from across the globe discussed how they engage and empower communities in deciding what funds are spent on and …