#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.