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The Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy is a multidonor collaborative aimed at expanding and deepening the role of community philanthropy in strengthening local development efforts. Activities within the framework of the alliance include: 1) piloting community philanthropy projects; 2) learning, research, and evaluation; and 3) communication and representation to global stakeholders. In its role as the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy Secretariat, the Global Fund for Community Foundations will track, compile, and analyze members' programming; coordinate and conduct mutual learning efforts; disseminate knowledge both internally and externally; and promote community philanthropy as a valuable development practice. During the first year of this project, the grantee focused on organizing meetings, recruiting staff, and developing a database. Registered as an independent organization in late 2009, the Global Fund for Community Foundations is a global, grassroots grantmaker seeking to promote community foundations and other local philanthropic institutions in the Global South and in the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe.
Launched in March 2013 as a project of TechSoup Global and the Council on Foundations, NGOsource is a membership service for United States grantmakers that streamlines and standardizes the equivalency determination process. The service aims to dramatically improve the efficiency of international grantmaking and to inspire a significant increase in cross-border philanthropy. Over 2015, NGOsource will improve the functionality of the service and raise funds needed to achieve financial sustainability through membership dues and fees. Mott funds will support collaborations with nonprofit information providers such as GuideStar and Foundation Center, application programming interface integration with commercial grants management systems, development of capability to work in several languages, cooperation with leading international grantmakers on strategies to seed the NGOsource repository with previously certified equivalency determinations, and expanded outreach to small- and medium-sized foundations. Founded in 1987 as CompuMentor, TechSoup Global helps nonprofits globally obtain and use technology to heighten their impact.
This grant provides continued support to the International Society for Third-Sector Research, a global membership association with 870 members from 76 countries that encourages, supports, and provides academic legitimacy to the study of civil society. Founded in 1992 and based at Johns Hopkins University, the society's major accomplishments include convening biennial international research conferences; publishing special reports, conference working papers, and a scholarly journal; and convening regional meetings of research networks in Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific. In 2015-2016, activities will include organizing PhD student seminars in Sweden, China, and Indonesia; hosting regional meetings in Puerto Rico, Japan, and Ghana; building research capacity in severely underserved and underrepresented countries and regions including China, the Middle East, and Russia; fostering an international network of academic research center directors; continuing to publish a journal; and holding a biennial international conference in mid-2016 in Sweden.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
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