Project Description

Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione di Comunità

Project’s client:
Fondazione Cariplo

Community Foundations are philanthropic institutions that aim to attract and bring together people and resources to carry out socially useful initiatives in favour of the citizens of a given territory. They are organizations that bring together actors and organizations from various parts of civil society and the community. They constitute one of the most effective social infrastructures currently in place to implement processes of change in existing society to improve it in cohesion, solidarity and widespread prosperity. Community foundations are present in various forms almost all over the world and in Italy they have been developed by the CARIPLO Foundation.

The changes taking place in societies and organizations of nations in various parts of the world are profoundly changing not only the functioning of many sectors, but also the role and values with which civil society actors operate and interact with each other. In the light of these trends, the idea and need for community foundations to develop a more strategic and decisive role in local territorial systems and beyond is emerging with increasing strength.

In order to map the change taking place and to be able to define possible scenarios and future strategies for PACO Community Foundations, the CARIPLO Foundation has conducted strategic qualitative research on Community Foundations at an international level.

The territorial areas analyzed were in particular: Germany, UK, Canada and USA, where the Community Foundations system has developed the most. More than 250 organisations were mapped and 50 were selected and analysed in the countries of reference.

The research has led to the definition of the main organizational and functional models of the Community Foundations and their strategic lines have been defined, in particular for: relationship and involvement of communities, relations and activities with the business world, use of technology in fundraising, relations with large and small donors, definition of intervention objectives, operational and disbursement methods.

Operational tools have been designed and implemented to define, in particular in the path of foundation but applicable in all phases of the organization’s life, strategic location of the foundation, definition of objectives and definition of the management and operational mode for the pursuit of the set objectives

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