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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The program goal is to enhance the development of community philanthropy globally. To this end, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, housed within the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, runs an international community foundation fellowship program. Each year, the program offers emerging leaders and seasoned community foundation practitioners from foreign countries opportunities to learn about community foundations through an intensive graduate program of research, seminars, conferences, and mentoring. Since its inception in 1989, 186 individuals from 59 countries have participated. The program has sparked the creation of new philanthropic ventures and research resources in places as diverse as Armenia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Slovakia, Turkey, and Vietnam. Founded in 1846, the City University of New York is among the nation’s leading urban public universities. The university’s Research Foundation was created to expedite and provide oversight of the management of funds obtained by faculty.
In 2008, together with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, the East-West Management Institute launched a "Philanthropication thru Privatization" project to explore and promote capturing a portion of the proceeds of privatization sales as a means for building community-based philanthropic endowments. The Mott Foundation provided early support to the project’s “case-building” phase during which the project’s implementers clarified the concept, conducted research to identify 539 cases of this phenomenon around the world, and generated a detailed analysis report. The next “dissemination and implementation” phase will involve the development of best-practice materials and guidance manuals, dissemination of project results, and assistance for the implementation of “philanthropication thru privatization” processes 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 encourage the economic and social development of rural communities in central Croatia. To this end, during the grant period the Regional Foundation for Local Development Zamah will provide grants, organize training, raise public awareness about civic responsibility, facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation, encourage social entrepreneurship, and promote philanthropy. In 2012–2013, the grantee supported a wide range of community projects with direct grant support totaling more than $260,000 and by helping to secure local financial and in-kind donations. Direct grantmaking was complemented by trainings and technical assistance to recipients. The grantee also worked with local businesses and local government officials to encourage transparent and effective funding mechanisms for civic initiatives. Through various events and activities, including an annual Women’s Philanthropy Award and workshops in primary schools, the grantee stimulated and promoted philanthropy. In 2014–2015, the grantee will continue to support participatory community development initiatives with grants and will diversify funding for this work by raising funds from individuals, businesses, and local governments. The grantee will strengthen its organizational capacities by increasing the number of staff. The grantee was established in 2006 and is based in Zagreb.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
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