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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.
Nearly one in five people globally lack access to electricity and this is a major development challenge facing the world's poor, particularly in Africa. Electricity is a key driver of business growth and economic development. If the right policies, financing, and incentives are in place, small and medium enterprises, based in Africa could create energy solutions that will yield economic benefits for African communities while not exacerbating climate change impacts. There is an opportunity to influence U.S. investment in Africa's energy sector to ensure that off-grid and mini-grid renewable electricity are prioritized in order to provide access to millions in poor rural communities. With this short-term grant, Oxfam America will develop the research and communications strategy that helps to frame the debate on such energy access issues in Africa.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and South Africa. The overall goal of our work in these regions is to develop and strengthen civil society by promoting civic participation in democratic processes at the local, national and regional levels; strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and addressing issues related to race and reconciliation and transitional justice.
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