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Senior International Fellows 2017


The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York is pleased to welcome six International Fellows to this term’s 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, writing, and reflection, Fellows will participate in seminars on civil society and community philanthropy in comparative perspective; share learnings from the field; and meet with 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 208 from 65 countries.


Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba | Harare, ZIMBABWE and Nairobi, KENYA 
CEO & Executive Director of Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) 
Research Focus: Strengthening feminist philanthropy in Africa by examining the ‘Pro-women business model’ that influences and informs women-led community philanthropy in Africa  
“Spurred by the ever-shifting philanthropic architecture that doesn’t guarantee resources for women’s rights, my strategic resourcing interests have shifted in search for more sustainable approaches to addressing intractable women’s rights and social transformation issues in Africa. The solution for me is in the nexus between women, business and philanthropy-community philanthropy!”

Carola Carazzone | Torino, ITALY
Secretary General of Assifero, Associazione Italiana delle Fondazioni ed Enti della Filantropia Istituzionale
Research Focus: Engaging community philanthropy in Europe around the U.N. 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
Community philanthropy can be a very essential player for the SDGs agenda everywhere, in the once called ‘developed countries’ as well as in the ‘developing’ and/ or ‘emerging’ ones. It can make a real difference for 2030 Global Agenda local ownership, accountability and different kinds of sustainability. It can contribute to break down the divide between donors and the so-called ‘beneficiaries’ towards an idea of co-investment where different actors bring different strengths and needs to the table.”  
Marina Fay | São Paulo, BRAZIL  
The President of Fundação Affonso Brandão Hennel (Fundação ABH)
Research Focus: Strategic resource allocation towards strengthening and developing community foundations in Brazil
With Brazil’s vast territory, high percentage of rural and urban vulnerable communities, current political scenario, and high index of non governmental organizations established, community foundations are an interesting form of philanthropy to give voice and empower vulnerable populations in order to fight poverty and inequality.

Lesia Naichuk | Vinnytsia, UKRAINE
Executive Director for the Community Foundation "Podilska Hromada" 
Research Focus: Developing a culture of corporate social responsibility among local businesses in Ukraine and establishing effective communication and strategic partnership between businesses and community foundations.  
"The global goal of the Foundation's work is to develop civil society and increase the degree of philanthropy of society in order to meet the existing needs in it. We understand that for a business to consider itself to be a socially responsible business it has to function in a developed civil society."

Marta Petenzi | Monza, ITALY
Executive Director, Fondazione della Comunità di Monza e Brianza Onlus 
Research Focus: Restitution of community ownership over abandoned and degraded public sites to facilitate “common heritage” and economic development.
"Commons aren’t only ‘natural’ things (like water, energy, air, forests) but are places, buildings, squares, schools, parks… In Italy today, scattered around the territory, there are abandoned and degraded sites and assets that could be restored to the community, to the citizens for the promotion of social, cultural and aggregate activities."

Andrea Szegedi | Budapest, HUNGARY
Program Manager, NIOK Foundation
Research Focus: The link between online and offline fundraising: How to convert online donors into offline communities and vice versa.  
"Philanthropy is extremely important nowadays, when the government not only attacks non-profit organizations, but also encourages discrimination and hate communication. We have developed several tools to help popularize the idea of giving and we have also established a body to promote transparent fundraising and donation management."