The Knowledge Capsule – Exploring New Ways to Communicate Local Philanthropy

3. May 2021.

Alina Porumb, INSPIRE, shares how the COVID-19 pandemic allowed them to explore new ways of communicating community philanthropy

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which we learn, connect, and sustain a shared sense of purpose and experience, across physical boundaries. We used this time to create the INSPIRE Knowledge Capsule to help discover fresh ways to spark creative conversations on the relevance of community foundations.

Our normality was a practice of sharing and connection. It was a space of movement that allowed us to have access to our colleagues’ experiences and contexts. Through travel and interaction, we could get a bit of distance from the daily work and see things from a broader perspective. I remember that when I returned home from the first PEXforum in Madrid, it was very easy to connect the dots for the INSPIRE strategy for the future and to feel a fresh sense of energy and possibility.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our context. It has forced us to expand our definition of how we connect with others and learn new ways to sustain a shared sense of purpose and experience, across physical boundaries. Within these new limits, Dafne stepped up and created enriching experiences through which we can grow as individuals and still feel connected.

From this metaphorical high point, the Capsule allows you to ask and reflect on some key questions:

  • What is the unique value proposition of community foundations in the current and future context, considering emerging opportunities and challenges?
  • Why is it important to stimulate local leadership and make people aware of the resources that they have or can cultivate in the long term?
  • What are some areas where community foundations can facilitate change?
  • Why is local grant-making important or how can community foundations use a fund development approach to engage local donors and cultivate community level philanthropy?
  • And knowing all this, can we help expand the territories supported by community foundations? If so, how much adaptation is needed to the national, regional or local culture?

And now that you know a little bit about its uses, you are warmly invited to a virtual tour of the Knowledge Capsule. If the Miro experience does not work well from where you stand, you can go directly to our YouTube channel playlist.

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Europska zaklada za filantropiju i društveni razvoj je korisnica financijske podrške Nacionalne zaklade u okviru Razvojne suradnje u području razvoja filantropije i zakladništva u Republici Hrvatskoj.