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,…

Supporting Community Foundations in Times of Conflict

  What happens when Community Foundations find themselves facing political turbulence, periods of severe community crises or periods of societal transition? Is there a role for community philanthropy during times of political conflict and conflict transformation?  What can support associations do to facilitate the work of Community Foundations when they are struggling to develop a…

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…

Supporting Countries in Transition

A Framework Guide for Foundation Engagement This guide, published by the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and the Gerhart Center, offers a tailored framework for private foundations to support the work that goes into rebuilding polarized societies when conflict ends or a dictator falls. The framework is premised on the evident fact that the strategic…

The Contested Corners of Asia

Subnational Conflict and International Development Assistance Thomas Parks, Nat Colletta, Ben Oppenheim Subnational conflict is the most widespread, enduring, and deadly form of conflict in Asia. Over the past 20 years (1992-2012), there have been 26 subnational conflicts in South and Southeast Asia, affecting half of the countries in this region. Concerned about foreign interference,…