Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts and Culture

‘Where overt protest is repressed, arts and culture are a subversive way to give people voice…unfortunately from a philanthropic perspective, this has not been a place where resources for change have flowed…,’ said Barbara Ibrahim (John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Cairo) at a convening of social justice philanthropy practitioners in February…

Lessons for Today’s Social Justice Movement from the Freedom Funders

  The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has released “Freedom Funders: Philanthropy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1965” to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The paper explores the impact of four foundations that defied convention by supporting the leadership organizations of the civil rights movement. While this financial support was modest, it…

What does Community Philanthropy Look Like?

What makes the global spread of community philanthropy organizations so exciting is the variety of forms they take, adaptations to different local contexts, challenges, resources, and leaders. The core similarities matter— all in some way help geographic communities mobilize financial and other kinds of capital for improvement of the lives of residents. But so do…

Of Narratives, Networks and New Spaces: A Baseline Mapping of the African Philanthropy Infrastructure Sector

Halima Mahomed, March 2014, The Rockefeller Foundation The report provides an overview of the current state of infrastructure for philanthropy in Africa.  It suggests that the sector is small, but growing steadily in numbers and diversity of offering. Both challenges and opportunities are highlighted stressing overall significant progress in the sector (in terms of capacity,…

Watering The Leaves, Starving The Roots

The Status of Financing for Women’s Rights Organizing and Gender Equality This new report (authored by Angelika Arutyunova and Cindy Clark) from the Association for Women’s Rights in Development provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world. Based on a survey…

Session Report – Social Justice Philanthropy: Why should it matter?

This report summarises the discussions that took place during a two-hour session of the Annual Philanthropy Conference 2013 organised in Mombasa by the East Africa Association of Grantmakers. The session on ‘Social Justice Philanthropy: Why should it matter?’, provided a diverse group of philanthropic grantmakers and development practitioners with an opportunity to develop a shared…