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Community Foundation Support Initiative in Germany

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2005–December 31, 2007
  • Location Berlin, Germany
  • Geographic Focus Germany

About this grant

This grant will provide support for the second phase of the Community Foundation Support Initiative in Germany, which offers technical assistance and support to new and emerging community foundations. Because the community foundation concept is relatively new in Germany, these organizations require help with organizational development, project management and asset development.Multiyear funding will enable the project to pursue activities that include promoting the community foundation concept throughout Germany; strengthening the information-sharing network; and providing consulting and support services to existing and newly-established community foundations.Accomplishments during the start-up phase included initiating a steering committee to oversee and guide the project; establishing an office in Berlin; offering consultations with experienced foundation colleagues and legal, financial and programmatic experts; convening peer learning and special exchange workshops; publishing educational manuals on community foundation organizational development; and developing and implementing a small grants program.