The Value of Community Philanthropy

Aga Khan Foundation

At the Aga Khan Development Network, community philanthropy is an integral aspect of our work — from community contributions to projects, to initiatives supporting local civil society and creating local assets. At the Mott Foundation, we believe local institutions need to nurture partnerships between individuals and their community. This belief has driven our long-term commitment to help develop community foundations in the U.S. and around the world. So, with a shared vision our two institutions embarked on a journey, along with others, to discover how we might work together to support community philanthropy globally. This report sets out results from a consultation to explore ways to stimulate and develop community philanthropy as a means of contributing to the sustainability of civil society and supporting the effectiveness of development aid. The consultation was undertaken by the Aga Khan Foundation USA and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in association with the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The Ford Foundation also contributed resources to the process. Three meetings were held (in Washington D.C., Johannesburg, and Dhaka). Three working papers were written during the process, and two articles published in Alliance magazine so that a wider constituency could offer feedback. February 2012.