Over the next 4 weeks at the City Unviversity New York, Centre for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Carola is seeking to address the following questions:
– are community foundations in Europe willing to overcome isolation from other philanthropic organizations and other stakeholders?
– do community foundations in Europe see themselves as local platforms connecting civil society to local state actors?
– governments should begin viewing philanthropy as a partner, not just a source of additional funding. Are community foundations in Europe willing to play a critical role in, for example, monitoring and evaluating the SDGs implementation at national and subnational levels?
– do community foundations in Europe see themselves as more than grant-makers, as development partners with decades of experience and deep ties to local communities and people who know how to create and sustain change at the grassroots level?
– are community foundations in Europe ready to bring to the SDGs agenda their unique role in terms of convening power at local level?
– are community foundations in Europe ready to offer to the SDGs agenda their unique capacity to take risk and invest in testing innovative solutions? to fund local civil society organizations in the long term and supporting core costs? to identify niches of action that are alien to other donor?
– among the 17 SDGs which are the ones community foundations in Europe feel more close to?
– which are current good practices in Italy?
– which are current good practices in the Netherlands?
– is it possible to identify few common trends towards the SDGs engagement in each of the European countries where ECFI is active? And in the USA? And in Canada?