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.
Chinese investments in the economies of South America are much larger and more influential than most had previously acknowledged. The realization of their importance was highlighted by research that Tufts University published through this project. The project’s research also presented a compelling case for Chinese authorities to pay more attention to environmental standards in their investments outside China. This renewal grant will continue research on the impacts of Chinese economic growth and investment on South America, while also beginning research to address Brazilian investment impacts in neighboring countries.
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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