Actually, it was my capacity that needed to be built

“Capacity building” has been in every job description or programmatic strategy of every international aid and philanthropic organization with which I’ve worked over the past 15 years. In some form or another, I’ve led, funded, or facilitated workshops, exchange visits, trainings intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of people who live in poor countries.…

What can an artist-in-residence program do for your foundation?

I’ll admit it. I’m scared. I joined IDEX less than two months ago, and now, I’m being asked to “take on the mantel of being an artist.” What?! I’m the Director of Communications. I think up strategy to reach our audiences. I update the website. I manage our brand. I post blogs. I run our social…

Six Steps to “Dignified Interdependence”

Not infrequently, people ask me how community organizations can become independent of international funding. Part of the answer, I believe, lies in reformulating the question. “Independence,” is a smokescreen. First world countries that claim to be independent are often dependent on the natural and human resources of the global south. Even donors who claim to…

Weaving Philanthropy Into Relief Work

After the 7.8 Earthquake of 25th April, 2015 and a few significant others which followed, all of us had to go into relief work.  Although this was a new on the job learning for many of us, we used our common sense and a sense of urgency recognizing how most the affected people had suffered…

Putting Social Justice at the Centre of Brazilian Philanthropy

A new phenomenon is unfolding in Brazilain civil society – a new breed of indegenous grassroots grant makers is emerging that supports the movemnet for human rights and social justice in the country. Ten of these foundations are united in the Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice (NIFSJ)- Brazil or Rede de Fundos Independentes…

If “Philanthropy” Ruled Our World

It was inspiring to listen to Professor Benjamin Barbar.  With reference to his book “If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities”, he spoke convincingly why the shift is happening from Nation-States to cities, towns, and metros.  In relation to this, since the launch of the book in 2013, the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) has…

Quiet Leadership: An Evening with Albert Ruesga

A blog post about an evening with Albert Ruesga by Patrice Relerford: “Quiet leaders are more inclined toward action than talking. These men and women also take the time to assess a situation and map out the best way to proceed. I’m sure the fact that Ruesga seems inclined to think before he speaks has…