Johannesburg will be the capital to host the first Summit on Global Philanthropy Community (SGPC). The summit will assess the advancement of Community Philanthropy across the continents. According to the Community Foundation Atlas, there currently 1838 Community Foundations, a reality on the ground that marks the liveliness of the movement born 100 year ago in the US and that has spread around the world since the end of the nineties.
Even the very definition of "Community Foundations is evolving. As the identity of "the Community Foundations” found itself established in some parts of the world where civil society is more organized and able to recognize effective solutions to shared problems, in recent years a more inclusive and wider notion in a filed called “Community philanthropy” has been gaining ground. This "field" is highly diversified and includes community foundations, grant makers, dedicated funds (in support of women, environment, etc.) while retaining some common features concerning assets, capacity and trustworthiness.
This first Summit of the Global Philanthropy Community, which is sponsored by the Global Fund for Community Foundations and the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, aims at initiating a change process that would lead towards the embracement of a new paradigm that would place people advancement at the forefront of the Foundations’ undertakings.
Throughout the summit, there will be opportunities to engage participants in storytelling exchanges and public debates that will revolve around these eight pillars of "good development":
People participation and mobilization
The added value of Community Philanthropy in relation to specific issues
Funds to be used differently
The use of data and evidence to improve their work
Strengthening the institutions works by showing alternative ways and new forms of participation
Exploitation of effective interventions
Narration and communication
Architecture and hybridization to encourage new and emerging forms towards local development
The Italian Community Foundations and ASSIFERO will join the summit within the framework of the promotion of Community Philanthropy in Italy and in the world as an innovative tool for the involvement and promotion of human development at local level.
The Italian participation at the Summit aims at strengthening the capacity building, the skills and the network of the practitioners of the Community Foundations and ASSIFERO through discussions, dialogue and international networking.
Thanks to the contribution of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cariplo and Fondazione Con il Sud, 14 Italian delegates will represent Italy in Johannesburg along with ASSIFERO. They are: Fondazione della Comunità del Canavese, Fondazione della Comunità Comasca, Fondazione della Comunità Messina, Fondazione della Comunità di Mirafiori, Fondazione della Comunità Nord Milano, Fondazione della Comunità di San Gennaro, Fondazione della Comunità Ticino Olona, Fondazione della Comunità Monza Brianza, Fondazione della Comunità Salernitana, Fondazione della Comunità Valle d’Aosta, Fondazione della Comunità del Verbano Cusio Ossola.
Follow the summit through facebook and twitter and learn how community philanthropy organizations are "transforming power" going beyond the donor-recipient logic.
For those two days, you favorite hashtag will be #shifthepower
The article appeared on Vita.it