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 Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy is a multidonor collaborative aimed at expanding and deepening the role of community philanthropy in strengthening local development efforts. Planned 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. The Global Fund for Community Foundations was selected to act as the secretariat for the initiative. In this capacity, 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. 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.
Community foundations are non-profit organizations that use local resources to meet local needs. For more than three decades, the Mott Foundation has supported developing and strengthening community foundations as local leaders of positive change. Today, Mott supports the field domestically and abroad. This work is funded through the Foundation’s Civil Society program.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s new annual report, Community Foundations: Rooted Locally. Growing Globally., celebrates the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement — an American contribution to local philanthropy — as well as the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to the growth and vitality of the field.
The publication was timed for release as the field begins a year-long commemoration in 2014 of the phenomenal spread of the concept. From a single community foundation begun in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914, the field has mushroomed to 1,750 today, with these local philanthropic institutions existing on every continent except Antarctica and in more than 50 countries.
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Berks County Community Foundation, like many throughout the world, plays a key community leadership role in helping improve the area's economy, education, health and other important issues.
The many years needed by Romania to transition from decades of communism to a modern-day democracy have helped influence the country’s more long-term approach to philanthropy work.
“We have learned to celebrate incremental changes in attitudes and behavior about giving instead of expecting one dramatic transformation,” said Alina Porumb, the community foundation’s program director at the Association for Community Relations (ACR) in Cluj-Napoca, a northern Romanian city.
“In the last years, however, the rhythm of change in Romanian philanthropy has picked up, and what was only hope five years ago is now reality.”
With Mott’s help, there are now 12 community foundations nationwide. These grantmaking institutions are spreading because they incorporate an inclusive style of decisionmaking that involves residents in all aspects of community projects — vastly different from how things were done under the former communist system, Porumb says.
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The Mott Foundation created a multi-part series examining the field’s growth and development. The series reports on what is occurring and how the field is expanding globally. It also highlights the work of grantees in Mott's key funding regions.
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