Social Justice Philanthropy General

Summary Report: Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace in South and South-East Asia

In September 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 attached report summarizes the key characteristics of these foundations as emerging from group work during the convening. Its purpose is to set out the emerging themes form the conversation in Shillong and explore ways in which the practice of philanthropy for social justice and peace in the region can be deepened and broadened.

A Tangled Web: The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

Since 2004 South Africa has had in place legislation that regulates the
responsibilities of business to the transformation of society, and this
regulation includes an element that relates to corporate philanthropy.

European Values - Promoting Solidarity at a Time of Austerity. What Role can Philanthropy Play?

A summary report based on discussions at a convening in Brussels, Belgium, October 7-8, 2014

This report presents a summary of the discussions that took place at a convening organized in Brussels on Oct 7-8, 2014 by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP).  The event was arranged in collaboration with the Network of European Foundations and the Even’s Foundation (Antwerp) and was  entitled “European Values - Promoting Solidarity at a Time of Austerity. What Role can Philanthropy Play?” The convening brought together a small group of individuals, from foundations and networks of foundations in Europe, interested in looking analytically at the underlying problems, reflecting on different approaches to tackling the problems and seeking to make a greater impact on the current difficult environment.

Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace: A Summary Report from Latin America & the Caribbean

This report, published in September 2014, summarises the findings of a baseline study on philanthropy for social justice and peace in Latin America and the Caribbean. It gives a glimpse of an emerging body of foundations that are providing resources for movements for structural and systemic transformation in the region.

The study reveals that the region is today dotted with small indigenous philanthropic institutions that identify themselves as women’s funds, community foundations, human rights funds. While they are often set up with international funding, they are characterised by a shared commitment to social justice in the region, support for a social change agenda that is locally owned and driven, and a commitment to long-term work towards the change they seek.

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 2009 in Cairo. On the one hand, foundations from across the world, working in societies with deep-rooted structural and systemic injustices, are embracing the value of arts and culture as a powerful and uncontested space to regenerate broken societies, to give voice to people and to challenge and address discriminatory structures. On the other hand, there is still little organized information and knowledge about the links between such initiatives and social justice and peace building and the opportunities and challenges in funding this work.

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 the differences. Some have endowments, some don’t. Some are large, more are small. Some call themselves community foundations, others do not. This diversity is one sign of community philanthropy’s flexibility, potential, and rising popularity.

But it also presents a challenge to those who want to better understand and support community philanthropy, especially on a global level. A practice so varied, so organic and tied to local conditions, complicates classification, resists general conclusions, and calls for lots of learning through example.

A movement relatively young and quickly evolving, with a limited body of applied research, requires ongoing documentation and study.

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, depth and vision) in the last 15 but still much work to be done ahead particularly to develop its knowledge and its human and financial capacities.

Contents of the report

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 of over 1,100 women’s organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly changing funding landscape and makes recommendations for how to mobilize more and better resources for women’s rights organizing through a feminist collective resource mobilization approach.

Key Funding Trends
-Women and girls are in the public eye, recognized as key agents in development, as never before.
-Vast resources are becoming available under the broad umbrella of ‘development’ and there is significant interest in ‘investing’ in women and girls.

Interview with Amelia Fauzia, Social Trust Fund, Indonesia

Amelia Fauzia, Vice Director of the newly formed Social Trust Fund, talks about the social justice issues and the philanthropic potential in Indonesia that necessitated the formation of the Social Trust Fund and the vision of the Fund for creating a model for social justice philanthropy in the country.

Click on the attachment below to read the full interview with Amelia.

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