The paths of contribution of the community philanthropy to sustainable development in Brazil, the role of financing (philanthropic and private social investment) in the support of efforts to build the common good – and in the promotion of diverse and inclusive communities – and the aspects of our practices we can change or learn from to facilitate these efforts, were the subject of the Seminar: Expanding and Strengthening Community Philanthropy in Brazil. Organized on June 11, by the Philanthropy Network for Social Justice, in partnership with GIFE, the event lasted all day and demonstrated experiences of grantmaking and private social investment, support funds to civil society, and the mapping of partnerships for community development.
“Philanthropy must act to build organizations, and not to buy results” – Jenny Hodgson, Global Fund for Community.
On the same day, there was also the official launch of the publication “Debates and reflections on philanthropy in Brazil” in Portuguese, with nine articles written by authors who work in the field of philanthropy at both the national and international level.
The document is an initiative of the program Philanthropy for Justice and Peace and the Network of Philanthropy for Social Justice, in partnership with Wings.
“The seminar was very strategic for the Philanthropy Network, not only to provide visibility to the work of the member organizations, but also to establish important debates in the field of the local philanthropic ecosystem – such as the importance of support and investment in the community-based organizations and in the field of local justice, through grantmaking actions. The partnership with Gife is also an aspect that needs to be highlighted because, in fact, it is a fundamental player in reaching social investors and in strengthening some of the priority-themed agendas of the members. The local partnerships, the recognition of the leading role of communities in territorial development, the diversity, and the meeting between social investors and grassroots organizations, are also important aspects. The seminar was fundamental in the consideration of the strengthening of Brazilian philanthropy at various levels, including in the methodology, by recognizing the importance of the contexts and realities in such a complex country that has a long trajectory of community organization – which ranges from indigenous and quilombo communities to the experiences of a solidarity-based economy” – Graciela Hopstein, executive coordinator at the Philanthropy Network for Social Justice.
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