August 15, 2004

EXPANDING THE LOCAL: COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS LOOK OUTSIDE THE U.S.

Marcia Pinto

One of the features of the last issue of “International Dateline”, a quarterly review of news, interviews with notable international grantmakers, as well as information for international grantmakers, published by the Council on Foundations (COF), was “Expanding the Local: Community Foundations Look Outside the U.S.”

The article provided an explanation of how the role of community foundations is expanding beyond community boards and, “whether driven by the interests of individual donors, by location along an international border, or by the demands of immigrants living within their community, community foundations constitute a rapidly growing source of international grantmaking”.

This observation was adequately illustrated by an interview with Kelly Uranker of the Pittsburgh Foundation, a community foundation which has recently started to administer a designated fund on behalf of the VIA Foundation, Czech Republic. Ms Uranker explained, among other issues, how the fund was established, the purposes it serves and the advantages of giving to the Czech Republic through the fund.

For further details, please download this issue of “International Dateline” at => www.cof.org/index.cfm?containerID=168 . For further information, please contact Robert Buchanan, COF, at => buchr@cof.org

First published in CPI Bulletin (Bulletin of the EFC Community Philanthropy Initiative), Vol. VI, No. 1, January 2004.
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