Shifting the Power: Applying Community Philanthropy to Sustainable Development Here and Abroad: April 26

This program at Philanthropy New York 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 soon to be released on 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 at Philanthropy New York 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


Designed for

All interested funders. 


11:45 AM - 12:00 PM  Check-in

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

Please email with any questions.

Co-Sponsored by

Foundation Center

Global Fund for Community Foundations 

International Grantmakers Network


Thursday, April 26
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Philanthropy New York
1500 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036