Shifting the Power: Applying Community Philanthropy to Sustainable Development Here and Abroad (Brown Bag Lunch)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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While slogans like “think globally, act locally” have been around for decades, still so much decision-making about philanthropy and development aid happens by stakeholders outside communities. Even those funders that care deeply about championing local leadership and initiatives often struggle with giving up power.

This program introduces the concept of community philanthropy: both as a form of, and force for, building local assets, capacities, and trust – ultimately, as a way to shift power closer to the ground so that local people have greater control over their own destiny, and impact is more sustainable. Speakers will include the principle author for a leadership series paper just published by GrantCraft on community philanthropy, and members of the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, a group of donors interested in exploring how they can support strategies that strengthen local ownership, invest in solutions that have long-term impacts, and build on assets and resources that already exist (or at least do everything in their power not to undermine them). Together, they’ll offer practical examples and advice on ways they've shared and shifted power by applying a community philanthropy "approach" or “lens” to their work.

Join us for this brown bag lunch (bring your own!) to learn how donors can produce lasting results that are people-owned and led without losing sight of their institutional interests and strategic imperatives. 

  • What is community philanthropy and how it is distinct yet related to concepts like empowerment, ownership, and sustainability within philanthropy and international development contexts
  • Ways donors around the world - in both philanthropy and international development arenas - have shared and shifted power using a community philanthropy “approach” or “lens”
  • Tips, tools, and advice for how you as a donor can the change power dynamic and recalibrate relationships with grantees so that you become strategic partners working together toward common interests


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All interested funders. 


11:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Check-in

12:00 - 2:00 PM  Program (Brown Bag Lunch - bring your own)

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Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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