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Each grantmaking program also works within clearly stated geographic parameters or regions.
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Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada's food system
Engaging Residents: A New Call to Action for Community Foundations
Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation
The Mott Foundation created a multi-part series examining the field’s growth and development. The series reports on what is occurring and how the field is expanding globally. It also highlights the work of grantees in Mott's key funding regions.
Community foundations are non-profit organizations that use local resources to meet local needs. For more than three decades, the Mott Foundation has supported developing and strengthening community foundations as local leaders of positive change. Today, Mott supports the field domestically and abroad. This work is funded through the Foundation’s Civil Society program.
By NICK DEYCHAKIWSKY, Civil Society program officer
Community philanthropy provides institutional frameworks for expressing and channeling three natural aspirations that people in all societies and cultures have:
The Mott Foundation has been deeply involved in supporting the development of the community foundation field for decades. Today, we are thrilled to be working with groups such as the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Global Fund for Community Foundations on establishing an alliance that will strengthen community philanthropic organizations.
Our new printed publication, “The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust—and Why It Matters,” illustrates some of what is being done and why it can enhance civil society sustainability and improve development outcomes for communities around the world. This concise publication, which debuted June 12, is an excellent primer on the vital importance of community philanthropy as a vehicle for international development and community betterment. (Read more about the June 12 launch event in Washington, D.C., which included a panel discussion on “Fresh Approaches to Building Assets, Capacity & Trust: Community Philanthropy in International Development.”)
“The Case for Community Philanthropy” builds on “The Value of Community Philanthropy,” a Mott-AKF USA report released last year that explains how community philanthropy around the world can build local capacity.
Mott’s support for community philanthropy started in our own home community of Flint; spread throughout the United States in the ’70s and ’80s; and reached beyond our borders in the ’90s and 2000s, especially to our geographic focus areas of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and South Africa. For us, the community foundation is the primary — but certainly not only — kind of community philanthropy organization and we are keen on cultivating a support framework for community philanthropy initiatives worldwide. Our primary vehicle for that is the Global Fund for Community Foundations, which was launched in 2005 in partnership with the World Bank and the Ford Foundation.
Community philanthropy has the potential to harness the power of pooled resources, common voice and collective action. It strongly resonates with the Mott Foundation’s core value of the importance of the partnership between individuals and their communities. Our founder, Charles Stewart Mott, often spoke about the need for institutions that facilitate this partnership.
Community foundations are just such institutions.
Print copies of “The Case for Community Philanthropy” are available for community philanthropy organizations, meetings and conferences. To request copies, send complete name, mailing address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berks County Community Foundation, like many throughout the world, plays a key community leadership role in helping improve the area's economy, education, health and other important issues.
The familiar phrase that starts fairytales worldwide — “once upon a time” — also triggered the development of a sustainable food program in South Africa.
Beulah Fredericks, executive director of the Cape Town-based Community Development Foundation Western Cape (CDF WCape), smiles when she recalls how the project started.
After a local community-based organization in one of Cape Town’s townships applied for a $50 grant to cover one month’s operating expenses for a soup kitchen that feeds the poor, Fredericks visited the site, listened to their stories, engaged in conversation and then declined the request.
“A soup kitchen is an obvious solution,” Fredericks told the group.
“But after listening to your stories, I see you are a community that has it in you to move beyond the soup. We cannot give you $50 to buy food for the soup kitchen because next month you will be hungry again and ask for another $50. Why not start a community garden instead?”
Fredericks’ rejection did not prompt disappointment; it inspired local residents.
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