Community Development & Grantmaking, Global Opportunities & Challenges

APR 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




April 30, 2013: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM





Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society


This Civil Society Round Table, the first installment of an annual series, brings together seven Senior International Fellows at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society to present key issues facing the civil society/philanthropic sector in their countries and regions. These visiting scholar-practitioners bring to the forum an extensive and varied professional experience that forms the backdrop for what is anticipated to be an informative discussion about challenges and opportunities in the grantmaking sector from a global perspective.

Participants in the roundtable and their research topics are as follows:

Bernardino Casadei (Milan, Italy)
General Secretary, Associazione Italiana Fondazioni ed Enti di Erogazione
Community foundations and collective impact: strategies for successful collaboration

Bill Holland (Tauranga, New Zealand)
Senior Partner, Holland Beckett Lawyers; Chairman, New Zealand Association of Community Foundations
Role of a national association in supporting and strengthening community foundations in N.Z.

Petra Krystiánová (Prague, Czech Republic)
Development Manager and Endowment Campaign Director, The Via Foundation
The development of philanthropy through the cultivation of major donors in the Czech Republic

Sharon Nathani (Melbourne, Australia)
Executive Officer, Inner North Community Foundation
Defining ‘community’: the relevance of community foundations to diverse populations in urban contexts

Pradeepta Kumar Nayak (New Delhi, India)
Executive Officer, Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy
Strengthening community philanthropy and community development funds in rural India

Shaun Samuels (Johannesburg, South Africa)
SGS Consulting, Executive Director; Managing Director, Technical Support and Dialogue Platform, Managing Director
Strategies for building local giving and strengthening the community development foundation sector in South Africa

Myra Virgil (Hamilton, Bermuda)
Programme Executive (Bermuda), The Atlantic Philanthropies
Global trends in community foundations and their applicability in the context of Bermuda

This group of participants are the 31st cohort of International Fellows hosted by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Since 1989 the Center has provided Third-sector leadership training and professional development to over 170 International Fellows from 58 countries.

Kathleen D. McCarthy is the founding director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she developed the Center's signature International Fellows Program for Third-Sector Scholar-Practitioners. On the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center, Professor McCarthy’s scholarship and courses cover a range of topics, including the rise of American civil society; writing history; 19th-century U.S. women's history; and, most recently, gender, power and money. Her books, edited volumes, and articles explore philanthropy and civil society in local, national, and international contexts, and she lectures on these topics worldwide.