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This is the important work of designing a support system for community foundation movements to emerge.
If the goal is to change disempowering systems into ones where people acknowledge their agency and communities bring their resources together, might supporting community foundation movements have a role in this change process?
Movements run on broad collaboration and participation. They are also full of examples of entrepreneurial spirit – groups of people who take the risk of acting upon a belief that the future can look differently from the present.
INSPIRE is one of these groups.
The practice of nurturing core capabilities as part of the organization’s DNA gets passed onto the system of local philanthropy through the relationships that community foundations cultivate with their donors, grantees and allies.
By being intentional in their goals and roles, and capable in their delivery, community foundations can shift the systems in which they operate. This replicable design can start with CFSOs themselves, as models of practice.
When compounded at the national level, through a network of community foundations, this transmission of different ways of doing can be a game-changer.
Over time, several forms of capital (social, financial, reputational) accumulate, leveraging the initial investment exponentially. That is when results speak for themselves.
Today is when the seeds are planted and the scaffolding for community foundation movements is designed, calling for visionary leadership and long term partnerships.
New challenges require new structures and new principles of operating. In spite of their age, community foundations are nimble constructs that integrate mechanisms for effective collaboration and participation.
They can also be innovating agents in their ecosystems by incentivizing the creativity and civic imagination of a broader spectrum of people, groups and organizations.
Permeating creativity and participation into their practice is a way of shaping community foundations that are relevant and ready for the future.
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The Association for the Practice of Transformation (APT) supports the intentional and systemic transformations of individuals, organizations, communities and societies by stimulating collaboration, research, learning, social innovation and strategic thinking.
INSPIRE is a program powered by APT with the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
We are a Romania-based nonprofit legal entity. Most of our team is based in Romania, UTC+3.
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