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The Black Sash Trust was founded in 1955 by a group of women who were fighting for the recognition of human rights for all in South Africa. Its aim is to contribute to the creation of a society that has effective laws and comprehensive social protection for the most vulnerable. It conducts rights awareness programs for community-based organizations and poor and marginalized people. Over the next year and a half, the Black Sash Trust will train community-based organizations and members of the public about human rights and how to access them, provide the tools and information to community-based organizations on how to monitor the delivery of government services, and engage relevant government institutions on how to improve on their delivery of basic services. This grant increase will contribute to the Dullah Omar Spring School, which will offer training to an estimated 400 community-based paralegals on various subjects related to basic rights and the law. This grant increase has been made possible by a partnership with Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
The program goal is to build the capacity of grassroots nonprofit organizations and community enterprises in southern Romania to engage in the development of their communities. To this end, PACT – Partnership for Community Action and Transformation Foundation will provide training, field consultancy, small matching grants, and networking opportunities to grassroots organizations whose activities address the local needs of marginalized groups. In addition, the grantee will strengthen its fundraising strategies and capacities and will start building its permanent assets. During the past two years, the grantee trained community groups and local authorities in 49 communities, raised more than $350,000 for regranting from sources in Romania and supported 54 community projects, and strengthened its leadership position in the field of community development and social economy. Established in 2006, the grantee is based in Bucharest, Romania.
Frayintermedia was founded by veteran journalist and media trainer Paula Fray.
It seeks to help build skilled journalists and communicators across the African continent and has been providing training since 2005. Frayintermedia has provided tailored training and mentorship support to many nonprofits on communication and facilitated a communications convening of Mott grantees in 2015. This grant will enable frayintermedia to do an evaluation of grants made through a partnership between the Mott Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies to support the community advice office sector in South Africa for the period 2013-2016. The evaluation will assess the impact of the grants on the overall work of the organizations that received support, the relevance of the supported programs relative to the needs of poor and marginalized communities, and whether the supported organizations achieved the anticipated outcomes. Frayintermedia will engage all the organizations supported and will conduct desktop reviews, develop case studies, and produce a video as part of this evaluation. This grant has been made possible by a partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies in support of the community advice office sector.
The Mott Foundation, through each of its four programs — Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Education — supports nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that promote people’s involvement in decision making processes at the local, state, national and/or global levels.
Through grantmaking approaches, we fund ways to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, promote community organizing efforts, support sustainable development projects, and advance economic stability and racial equality.
*Note: This program area previously included support to organizations working in Russia, and such support is detailed in the Foundation's grants database. However, in 2015, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was included on a list of organizations that the upper house of the Russian parliament recommended designating as “undesirable.” We therefore concluded that the best course of action was to discontinue our support in Russia. See the Foundation’s statement regarding this development for more information.
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