Foundation grantmaking focuses on four major program areas.
These programs touch upon a number of major issues.
Each grantmaking program also works within clearly stated geographic parameters or regions.
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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.
Early 2015 is a good time for the international aid community and its civil society partners to think creatively about the role community philanthropy can play in future sustainable development projects worldwide, says Jenny Hodgson (pictured), executive director of South Africa-based Global Fund for Community Foundations.
Read her recent blog on the topic.
Learn more about GFCF's work through a case study featured on Mott's Community Foundations website.
The Tuzla Community Foundation, based in Bosnia-Herzegovina, supports activities that encourage residents to work together for common goals.
Photo courtesy of the Tuzla Community Foundation
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation joined more than 700 community foundations — operating in urban, suburban and rural areas in every state in the nation — in celebrating Community Foundation Week November 12-18.
For more than 35 years, Mott has provided funding to help develop and strengthen community foundations and their support organizations at home and around the globe. “Community foundations are an ideal place for diverse interests and different voices to come together, a place where hope can bloom,” said Mott Foundation Chairman, President and CEO William S. White.
To commemorate the community foundation’s 100th anniversary in 2014, Mott recently launched a website that allows visitors to explore key lessons, case studies, interactive maps, and other multimedia features highlighting what the Foundation has learned by working in the field.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s 2012 annual report, Community Foundations: Rooted Locally. Growing Globally., celebrated the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement — an American contribution to local philanthropy — as well as the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to the growth and vitality of the field.
The publication was timed for release as the field began a year-long commemoration in 2014 of the phenomenal spread of the concept. From a single community foundation begun in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914, the field has mushroomed to more than 1,750 today, with these local philanthropic institutions existing on every continent except Antarctica and in more than 50 countries.
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The program goal is to support the development of local philanthropy and community foundations in Bulgaria. During the grant period, the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation will provide institutional development grants to eight existing community foundations in Bulgaria to strengthen their institutional capacities and improve their fundraising and fund development strategies. In addition, the grantee will support initiative groups with a strong potential to develop community foundations in at least two new localities. Also, the grantee will strengthen youth involvement in philanthropy and community development by developing a network of at least 15 YouthBanks in Bulgaria. Key project results in the past two years include strengthening the leadership role of community foundations in local development and promoting new philanthropic initiatives on the local level, including collaborative giving circles and YouthBanks. The grantee is based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2008, together with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, the East-West Management Institute launched a Philanthropication thru Privatization initiative to explore and promote capturing a portion of the proceeds of privatization sales as a means for building community-based philanthropic endowments. Crown achievements of the project thus far have been the publication of an in-depth report on the 540 instances of foundations created through such privatization transactions, a major international conference on the subject, the launch of a Web site, and the preparation of case studies and guidance materials. The next phase will involve further preparation and dissemination of best-practice materials and guidance manuals and assistance for the implementation of pilot projects in four to six target countries. Founded in 1988, the East-West Management Institute works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector to build accountable, capable, and transparent institutions.
The program goal is to support the community foundation movement in Romania. To this end, the Association for Community Relations in partnership with the Romanian Federation of Community Foundations will provide funding and technical assistance to strengthen the 12 existing community foundations in Romania. In addition, the grantee will initiate and support the development of new community foundations in at least four locations in the next two years. The grantee's activities will include promoting the community foundation concept, assisting local groups during the registration process, and providing funding and technical assistance to the newly established community foundations. During the previous two years, the grantee helped to establish one new community foundation and supported eight initiative groups to explore community foundation development. Also, the grantee supported the development of local philanthropy and individual giving. The grantee is based in Cluj-Napoca.
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.
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