The Case for Community Philanthropy

Publication date: 
July, 2013

illustrates some of what is being done and why it can enhance civil society sustainability and improve development outcomes for communities around the world. This concise publication, which debuted June 12, is an excellent primer on the vital importance of community philanthropy as a vehicle for international development and community betterment. (Read more about the June 12 launch event in Washington, D.C., which included a panel discussion on “Fresh Approaches to Building Assets, Capacity & Trust: Community Philanthropy in International Development.”)

“The Case for Community Philanthropy” builds on “The Value of Community Philanthropy,” a Mott-AKF USA report released last year that explains how community philanthropy around the world can build local capacity.

Mott’s support for community philanthropy started in our own home community of Flint; spread throughout the United States in the ’70s and ’80s; and reached beyond our borders in the ’90s and 2000s, especially to our geographic focus areas of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and South Africa. For us, the community foundation is the primary — but certainly not only — kind of community philanthropy organization and we are keen on cultivating a support framework for community philanthropy initiatives worldwide. Our primary vehicle for that is the Global Fund for Community Foundations, which was launched in 2005 in partnership with the World Bank and the Ford Foundation.

Community philanthropy has the potential to harness the power of pooled resources, common voice and collective action. It strongly resonates with the Mott Foundation’s core value of the importance of the partnership between individuals and their communities. Our founder, Charles Stewart Mott, often spoke about the need for institutions that facilitate this partnership.

- See more at: http://www.mott.org/FundingInterests/Issues/Community%20Foundations#stha...

illustrates some of what is being done and why it can enhance civil society sustainability and improve development outcomes for communities around the world. This concise publication, which debuted June 12, is an excellent primer on the vital importance of community philanthropy as a vehicle for international development and community betterment. (Read more about the June 12 launch event in Washington, D.C., which included a panel discussion on “Fresh Approaches to Building Assets, Capacity & Trust: Community Philanthropy in International Development.”)

“The Case for Community Philanthropy” builds on “The Value of Community Philanthropy,” a Mott-AKF USA report released last year that explains how community philanthropy around the world can build local capacity.

Mott’s support for community philanthropy started in our own home community of Flint; spread throughout the United States in the ’70s and ’80s; and reached beyond our borders in the ’90s and 2000s, especially to our geographic focus areas of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and South Africa. For us, the community foundation is the primary — but certainly not only — kind of community philanthropy organization and we are keen on cultivating a support framework for community philanthropy initiatives worldwide. Our primary vehicle for that is the Global Fund for Community Foundations, which was launched in 2005 in partnership with the World Bank and the Ford Foundation.

Community philanthropy has the potential to harness the power of pooled resources, common voice and collective action. It strongly resonates with the Mott Foundation’s core value of the importance of the partnership between individuals and their communities. Our founder, Charles Stewart Mott, often spoke about the need for institutions that facilitate this partnership.

- See more at: http://www.mott.org/FundingInterests/Issues/Community%20Foundations#stha...

This publication, produced by the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Aga Kahn Foundation USA, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Global Fund for Community Foundations, illustrates some of what is being done through community philanthropy and why it can enhance civil society sustainability and improve development outcomes for communities around the world. This concise publication, which debuted June 12, 2013, is an excellent primer on the vital importance of community philanthropy as a vehicle for international development and community betterment. “The Case for Community Philanthropy” builds on “The Value of Community Philanthropy,” a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation-Aga Khan Foundation USA report released in 2012 that explains how community philanthropy around the world can build local capacity. Community philanthropy has the potential to harness the power of pooled resources, common voice and collective action. It strongly resonates with the Mott Foundation’s core value of the importance of the partnership between individuals and their communities. Charles Stewart Mott often spoke about the need for institutions that facilitate this partnership.

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