“If Dalits can establish a community foundation then any community – no matter how marginalized – can do it too”

By Jenny Hodgson (The title of this blog was inspired by a conversation with a colleague at the Africa Philanthropy Network conference in November 2018.) On 28 November 2018, together with GFCF board chair, Rita Thapa, and several community philanthropy partners from across India, I attended the launch of the Dalit Community Foundation in Patna, the capital of India’s…

How community philanthropy shifts power and changes the world

‘Every year billions of dollars are spent in aid to help the poor, the vulnerable, the excluded. But how much really changes?’ This animated film by the Global Fund for Community Foundations talks about ‘new paths’, alternative ways of doing things, i.e. the growing community philanthropy movement that challenges traditional development approaches (that often undermine the agency of…

Brazil Social Justice Philanthropy Network speaks out against Marielle Franco assassination

On the evening of 14 March 2018, Marielle Franco – a Rio de Janeiro city Councillor widely known for her support of grassroots social movements and social justice causes – attended an event entitled “Young black women who are changing power structures.” On the way home, she was assassinated along with her driver Anderson Pedro…