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This grant provides support to ICom in coordinating the activities of the Ibero-American Network of Community Foundations. Initiated in 2013, the network aims to strengthen community philanthropy organizations in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. It currently has 32 members from Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Uruguay. Over the next two years, the network's objectives are to (1) structure governance and membership policies, (2) promote virtual and face-to-face exchange experiences, (3) improve communication among members and with other stakeholders, and (4) increase the participation of European members. Activities will include monthly virtual meetings; one in-person convening of country representatives in 2015; a full in-person member convening in 2016; peer exchanges for at least ten member practitioners, maintenance, and enhancement of a trilingual Web site with biweekly news; and the provision of promotional materials about the network and the social impact of its members. The network is managed by the Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis, Brazil's largest community foundation.
The Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University has created a method to disclose federal data on nonprofit employment collected through the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, a data source operated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In cooperation with the bureau, the center will develop a robust database on nonprofit employment by state and county going back 20 years, analyze this data, and create a public use access point for it. The center plans to produce a series of reports and a major book presenting this data and analyzing the dynamics it reveals, as well as establish an on-line database that researchers, state nonprofit associations, funders, and other stakeholders can use. Johns Hopkins University is one of America's premier research universities. The Center for Civil Society Studies seeks to improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or civil society organizations.
This grant will support the continued development of the Global Civil Society Information System. This system will help integrate data on civil society organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism into countries' economic statistics; provide vastly improved access to information on civil society organizations worldwide to both donors and beneficiaries; and increase the transparency of civil society organizations. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies will work with the United Nations Statistics Division to complete revisions to its guidance to countries on gathering statistics about nonprofit institutions. In partnership with TechSoup Global, it also will pilot the use of data coming out of the United Nations guidance for at least six European countries. The grantee will then encourage implementation of the resulting procedures into the statistical systems of select non-European countries. The Center for Civil Society Studies is part of Johns Hopkins University, one of America's premier research universities.
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/Eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa, United States, and select countries internationally, as well as globally.
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