Dates: December 1-2, 2016 | Register here
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USD 250,-
Johannesburg, South Africa

Global Summit on Community Philanthropy

Do you want to see philanthropy and international aid re-oriented towards community strengthening?

Do you want to learn new approaches to building trusting relationships with community leaders, civil society, foundations, government, and the private sector?

Do you want to be inspired by leading thinkers and practitioners in community philanthropy from around the globe?

If so, join the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg!

Should I attend the Summit?

Do you work for a community philanthropy organization, (so a community foundation, a social justice or women’s fund, a grassroots grantmaker, a national grantmaking fundraising foundation?)

Do you have good stories to tell or practices to share on building local cultures of giving, on engaging community members around local development issues and fighting apathy or a dependency mindset, or on how small grants can support and grow great ideas at the grassroots that lie beyond the reach of big funders?

Are you a funder – public, private, or any other – who is interested in shifting more power to communities and / or to the most marginalized groups?

Are you looking for ways that external resources can catalyze and build on local assets and ideas, rather than undermine or displace them? Are you interested in engaging and building partnerships with emerging local philanthropic and other non-traditional actors?

Do you work for an NGO that believes that successful long-term development depends on the strength of a strong locally-run, locally-supported civil society sector?

Are you looking for – or have you developed – new tools that support the growth of different kinds of local assets, that give greater voice to local communities, or that build mutual accountability between donors and recipients?

Do you represent a philanthropic or civil society network, or a research or academic institution, that is looking for new and creative funding strategies for civic action or that is exploring or working with new and hybrid forms of both donor and civil society organization?

If the answer is “Yes,” or even “Sort of,” then the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy is for you!

Programme Overview

The Summit is not being organized like a regular conference. The main purpose of the two days will be to build connections and foster conversations between participants towards a collective and linked up the framework for people-led development.

Community philanthropy – with its emphasis on local assets, strengthening communities and building trust – is one set of tools and principles that can help achieve this.

8 Pillars to #ShiftThePower

  1. Participation & mobilizing people: People-based development is central to shifting the power.
  2. Added value: The link between processes (how development programs are delivered) and outcomes (what is delivered) is needed to be strengthened.
  3. Resources: Resources need to be used in different ways.
  4. Evidence & data: The evidence for the work need to be built using data to grow and drive it.
  5. Governance: The work of other institutions can be enhanced (including public) by demonstrating alternative forms of governance and decision-making.
  6. Effective interventions: The methods presented can bring better results (emergent practice).
  7. Narrative & communications: Words and meanings matter and the new and better descriptions are needed.
  8. Architecture & hybridity: Structure matters and new and emerging forms while reforming existing institutions looking to go local need to be encouraged.

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