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This grant supports the general purposes of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, a national network of 34 geographically organized regional associations of grantmakers that collectively represent more than 5,500 participating organizations. The forum facilitates effective philanthropy by delivering educational programming and resources, convening foundations, communicating the value of philanthropy, and sustaining and supporting regional grantmaker associations. Some of the forum's recent activities include co-organizing the yearly Foundations on the Hill; providing information and educational opportunities for members (annual conference, webinars, monthly policy round robin calls, biweekly newsletters, redesigned Web site, grantmaker education programming directory); hosting the PolicyWorks for Philanthropy project, and engaging in collaborative partnerships with other infrastructure organizations, including a data partnership with the Foundation Center. Over 2015, the forum will continue and enhance these activities.
The program goal is to promote public participation in decision making and community development through targeted grantmaking and support to community-based action. The grantee is a national-level, Bosnian foundation established in 2000 and based in Sarajevo. In 2015-2016, the Mozaik Foundation will implement a revised, far-reaching strategy focused on enabling young, innovative social entrepreneurs to play a bigger role in Bosnia's social and economic transformation. Building on its successful implementation of the YouthBank model-an approach to engaging young people in grantmaking and community action-over the last several years, over the next two years the Mozaik Foundation will use grantmaking, technical assistance, research, and advocacy to identify young community leaders and develop their potential. Additionally, the grantee will build its endowment through local and international fundraising initiatives. In 2013-2014 the grantee supported 760 community initiatives with small grants totaling approximately $1,000,000, and these initiatives leveraged significant financial and in-kind contributions locally.
This grant will provide seed funding for a new affinity group focused on grantmaking in Africa. Building on the successful decade of work with the Southern African Grantmakers Affinity group led by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the new Africa-wide affinity group had its first formal meeting in October 2000, developed a membership directory, and sponsored a session at the Council on Foundation conference. Plans for the next year will be to formalize an office in New York City, hire one staff person, provide support for members, and provide a point of exchange for information about grantmaking in Africa.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
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