On Friday 13th December at 16:00 – 17:00 GMT, join @awdf01 the twitter handle for the African Women’s Development Fund, (AWDF) for a twitter conversation on African philanthropy with @TheoSowa , AWDF’s Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the African Grantmakers Network (AGN).
Let’s talk about African philanthropy, how we give back, build communities, and strengthen institutions. Let’s talk about women in philanthropy. Let’s talk about African grant makers.
Join @awdf01 in this conversation by tweeting your questions on Friday 13th December, 16:00-17:00 GMT to @awdf01. Share your thoughts on African philanthropy with the hashtag #AWDFChat
The Global Fund for Community Foundations has announced the appointment of two new senior members of staff, Avila Kilmurray and Wendy Richardson, who will be joining the GFCF in early 2014.
Avila has been the Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland since 1994 and has received international recognition for her work around philanthropy for social justice and peace, both in Northern Ireland and internationally.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland was a founder member of the Foundations for Peace Network, a peer network of independent indigenous funders working in contested societies. Avila has written extensively on Community Development, Women's Issues and Conflict Transformation and is also a member of the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace.She will be joining the GFCF as Director, Policy and Strategy, with particular responsibility for the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy and will be based in Belfast.
Expanding the Philanthropic Dialogue on the Middle East and North Africa
Oct 29-30, 2013 in New York
Arts and Culture in Transformative Times: Expanding the Philanthropic Dialogue on the Middle East and North Africa is a two day conference to be held in New York on October 29th and 30th.The even marks ArteEast's 10th Year.
The conference is organized by ArteEast together with the Ford Foundation and co-hosted by Open Society Foundations, British Council and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
In the midst of profound and rapid political change across the region, artists, filmmakers, curators and arts leaders in the Middle East and North Africa are playing an increasingly crucial role in driving cultural and social change, both locally and regionally.
The Global Fund for Community Foundations has been appointed Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, a new multi-donor, multi-stakeholder initiative supported by founding partners, the Aga Khan Foundation USA, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and USAID, which aims to make the case that growing local ownership and accountability leads to stronger communities and that this should be a key focus of development practitioners.
The Alliance offers an exciting opportunity to advance the field and the understanding of community philanthropy globally and the ways in which it can mobilize trust, assets and capacities and, by doing so, strengthen local development outcomes.
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The Second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries.
Sound like someone you know? The closing date for nominations is 18 October (recently extended). Read more about the prize and nominate someone here.
The £5,000 prize will be for the individual winner to use at their discretion. All finalists will be invited to attend the WINGS Forum, to be held in Istanbul on 27-29 March, where the winner will be announced, and invited to deliver a keynote speech. The finalists will also be featured in a special supplement to be published with the March 2014 issue of Alliance. This supplement is being sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation as a tribute to Olga Alexeeva, who worked with them for many years.
Earlier this month (on September 10 and 11, 2013) the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social justice and Peace and the Global Fund for Community Foundations convened a small group of grassroots indigenous foundations in Shillong in the North East of India. The convening was hosted by the Foundation for Social Transformation – Enabling North East India and included foundations from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.
The convening aimed to provide a platform to these foundations to learn from one another to strengthen their organisational capacities and to work as a group to develop community philanthropy for progressive social change in Asia.
The foundations that participated in the convening are diverse in many ways – they describe themselves as women’s funds, community foundations, peace funds, social justice funds and each of them operates in its shifting and specific country context.
The Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace is currently examining experiences and issues within independent philanthropy covering peace-building and conflict transformation. We want to hear from grant-makers who have been involved in this area of work or who are interested in getting involved. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now available - the June issue of Alliance magazine
Philanthropy in a changing world economy
The latest issue of Alliance magazine considers how foundations are responding to global shifts of economic power and what philanthropy might look like in the future.
We are excited to be co-sponsoring a session at the European Foundation Centre Conference in Copenhagen. Our session 'From Good to Great Philanthropy' will be held on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 between at 3:30 PM.
Many foundations would probably claim that the work they are doing is good – but how many would say it’s great? In order to make this leap, are there certain ingredients which must be present in order to position a foundation in a way that allows for greatness to be possible? Through drama, group work, and lively discussions this workshop will delve into this question and more by considering other sectors and drawing from the results of an EFC member survey exploring European foundations’ attitudes and practices. The session will also bridge two previous EFC AGA and Conference sessions, namely: “Impact Island” which considered impact assessment (Cascais, 2011), and “Risky Business” which looked at risk in programming (Belfast, 2012). For, after all, no one talks about the Good Wall of China.
We hope to see you in Copenhagen!
Voting is now open for the winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize.
The shortlist for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize was announced at the beginning of March.
Profiles of the shortlisted finalists are featured in a special supplement to accompany the March 2013 edition of Alliance magazine, which focuses on philanthropy in emerging market countries.
Members of the public are invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote. The outcome of this vote will be one factor in the judges’ decision, which will be announced in the middle of April 2013.
The nominees for the prize in 2013 are: