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This grant provides general purposes support to the Foundation Center, a national organization that collects, analyzes, and publishes information on foundations and philanthropy. The center operates five regional offices and a network of over 450 funding information centers throughout the country. It provides training and information resources for grantseeking organizations and individuals. Its databases contain profiles of more than 140,000 grantmakers and more than 3.8 million grants around the world. The center also produces and disseminates research on foundations and strategic communications that promote public understanding of philanthropy. Its strategic priorities for 2016-2017 are to: 1) connect nonprofits to the resources they need to thrive; 2) empower donors with knowledge tools they need to be more strategic; 3) build the global data platform for philanthropy; 4) communicate philanthropy's contribution to making a better world; 5) encourage greater transparency; and 6) ensure that technology provides a strong foundation for the center's work.
The program goal is to support scholarly research that provides the basis for constructive public policy development for philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Launched in 2010 at Georgia State University, the Nonprofit Policy Forum is a professional journal that addresses public policy issues as they affect or are influenced by nonprofit organizations. Grant support will allow an increase of the annual number of issues from two to four, the provision of open access status, growth in readership and the flow of high-quality manuscripts from scholars, and a transition to a broader base of continuous support, primarily from subscriptions and institutional sponsorships. Starting in 2016, the journal will be housed at the Center for Nonprofit Policy & Practice at Cleveland State University. The center serves the nonprofit sector through training and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, scholarly and applied research, and education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.
SGS Consulting is a consultancy firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It has provided consultancy services to organizations including various United Nations agencies, other multilateral agencies, civil society organizations, and private foundations. The Technical Support and Dialogue Platform project began in 2010 to provide technical support to civil society organizations in South Africa and offer them opportunities to convene around issues of common interest. Past support enabled SGS Consulting to provide organizational development and other institution-building assistance to civil society organizations working in the community advice office and philanthropy development sectors. This grant increase will enable SGS Consulting to support civil society organizations to strengthen their communications capacity.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
We fund organizations and initiatives that promote effectiveness, accountability, and transparency within the sector; build the capacity of foundations and nonprofit organizations to address local community needs; enhance the sector’s legal, fiscal, research, and policy framework; and ensure an adequate, responsive flow of resources to the nonprofit sector. Our geographic focus includes: Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa, United States, and select countries internationally, as well as globally.
*Note: This issue 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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