By Jenny Lei Ravelo: There is a need for the development community to see local people as actors and donors rather than as beneficiaries, says a new report on community philanthropy.
Community philanthropy is not often heard of in international development. And in the report, ”The Value of Community Philanthropy: Results of a Consultation,” a joint effort by the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, people wonder how different it is from the work of nongovernmental organizations.
Barry Knight, CENTRIS consultant and facilitator, and author of the report, wrote community philanthropy has the same characteristics as NGOs: organized and structured, self-directed, an open architecture and part of civil society. But what differentiates community philanthropy from NGOs is that the former makes use of its own money to develop long-term assets for a community.