The CUNY International Fellows Program and Community Foundations: Learnings from the Field report explores how alumni have shaped community foundation development around the world, as well as how the program evolved over time.
Ten years ago I was willing to bend anyone’s ear about giving circles, the power of collective giving and what we lose as a sector when we narrowly define philanthropy by wealth. I would ask frequently, who is the community in community philanthropy?
Most of the responses I received at that time were not enthusiastic. But as an American-based Diversity Fellow in the CUNY International Fellows Program, I was introduced to a vibrant community of everyday givers who were glad to be seen and excited to see their approach to philanthropy championed. Over time, these relationships have continued to be an inspiration for me.
Most importantly in the field, we now see more community foundations embrace participatory partnerships and grantmaking as well as efforts to engage a broader range of donors and incorporate grassroots giving. This is why I am so glad to be included in this new report.