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…

Why the Environment is a Human Rights Issue: The Experience of Funding in South America

Almost 23 years ago, Brazilians invented a new word.  The reason? A story of conversion of two apparently opposing concepts.  Here is the story:   In preparation for hosting the groundbreaking UN Summit on Environment and Development, best known as ‘Rio-92’, the tensions of approach that remained between the social justice sector and the wilderness…

Neighborhood Funders Group Launches FundersforJustice.org

Dear Friends, We are grieved and outraged to see, in just a week’s time, two grand juries fail to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men: Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY. In just the past few weeks alone, more black men and children have been killed or harmed…