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IFP Alumni Publications

For over three decades, alumni of the Center’s International Fellows Program (IFP) have published a wide-ranging body of research in the field of philanthropy and civil society generally and community philanthropy specifically.  In many cases, their publications build on research conducted at the Center during their tenure as International Fellows.  (A selection of their IFP research papers are available here).

Below is a database in-progress of alumni writing and commentary on philanthropy.  The database which follows is a compilation-in-progress of alumni writing and commentary on philanthropy and related topics.  It tracks 12 unique facets including: language, publication type, publication location, as well as the name, country, and year of IFP fellowship for each author.  A variety of media are included in the listings — articles, books, chapters, presentations, reports, interviews, blogs, and videos.

The database is searchable by key word and may be sorted by column heading.  Database records will be updated regularly to capture alumni contributions to the field — past, present, future.

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Trends in Civic Tech: new opportunities to enhance community engagement?

Though the terminology may vary, more and more funders, investors and practitioners have joined this emerging “civic tech” field.

The purpose of my research is to enhance civic engagement within the community thanks in part to the use of many open-sources tools that can be easily adopted by citizens and NPOs.

Have you used open source community tools like Fix My Street? What was your experience with it? Any best practices or pitfalls to avoid? Thank you, Federica (Fellow 2017)

Powerful sharing @ Center on Philantropy and Civil Society

(from sx: Shani Horowitz-Rosen, Mariane Maier Nunes, Federica Corda, Barbara Leopold, Ruta Dimanta, Robert Edgar, Myrna Gimena Cacho)

It has already been 2 weeks since our program at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society started and  the emotion to be part of this group is so special, it is not easy to describe in words!

I am Federica, from Italy, I have been working for 8 years at the Verbano Cusio Ossola Community Foundation as an Executive Director.

Thanks to the Fellowship provided by the Center, I met four colleagues (now also friends!) with whom I have been sharing professional experiences, ideas, best practices and goals. I have to say the best interaction comes when we try to find out solutions for incoming challenges that our communities might face in the next future.

I really like the way we have been discovering innovative approaches to our daily practices.
We all come from different countries where we manage diverse activities, such as raising funds, seeking donors, making grants, promoting more efficient communication’s strategy for NPOs …but for all of us the most relevant purpose is how to support civil societies and, more in general, communities, in providing help to solve local issues.
I think that experiences such as this are extremely valuable  to students, not only academically but also and above all, on a personal, emotional human and social level. I am really glad to be here and be part of this unique experience!
(Federica Corda, 2017 Fellow, Italy)

The 2017 International Fellows are here! 

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (New York City) is pleased to welcome five International Fellows to our professional development program. The Fellows bring a depth of practical and theoretical knowledge on philanthropy and a variety of perspectives to the program. In addition to research and writing, Fellows will participate in seminars on US and international civil society and voluntary-sector activities; learn about the work of key agencies; and meet with leading nonprofit representatives and scholars.

The 2017 Fellows join an alumni network of scholar-practitioners in from the globe. They bring the number of program participants to 202 from 64 countries.



IFP Alumna Rita Thapa (SIFP 2015) has been appointed as the new Chair of the GFCF

Rita Thapa is an IFP Alumna (SIFP 2015), and she has been appointed as the new Chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations! Congratulations!