Philanthropic centers or foundations have become more engaged in shaping public policy and driving change on pressing issues. Most of these foundations voluntarily give individuals or groups support to promote the common good. They are legal entities established to support various social causes. Most of the philanthropic foundations are grant making institutions while others make use of their assets to initiate and implement programming and direct service provision.
There has been a dramatic increase in size of the philanthropic sector for the last decade and currently it covers a broad spectrum of different philanthropic actors. This varies greatly in the way they are funded, their focus and approaches. The philanthropy centers can therefore help you achieve your goals. Which are these goals to be achieved? Most of the centers engage in partnerships with other actors to promote activities in international development which range from grant making to new forms of venture philanthropy. In attempts to help individuals achieve the set goals, there are definitions of the areas of interest supported by such centers.
As Philanthropy centers we help organizations in achieving goals geared towards giving support to the children, youth and families. The main aim is to give support to the organizations that provide enrichment and increased opportunity to children, youths and those that strengthen families. Such programs and activities include scouting, education, mentorships, youth community service clubs and job training, youth leadership, parent engagement, college access, arts activities and academic enrichment.
In an effort to support the human services, philanthropic centers support programs and services that provide basic welfare to help families, individuals and communities. These are services that will definitely prevent, alleviate, or provide ways of coping with crisis, stress and change. The areas covered under human services include crime and delinquency prevention, women’s issues, legal services, food, employment/jobs and housing/shelter.
In the health sector, all the set objectives with respect to treatment and rehabilitative programs are given support. The categories here include hospitals and primary care facilities, diseases, mental health and crisis intervention, dental care, nutrition, disorders and related medical disciplines.
One wonders if there in any support in Education? The philanthropy centers give a lot of support to institutions of higher education that provide academic education. Not only are the institute of higher learning supported but also the libraries and organizations that provide continuing/supplemental education outside of the formal school system. This includes English-as-a-second-language programs, reading programs for children and adults, and literacy. Local public, charter and private, and schools offering K through grade 12 education are excluded in this program.
The philanthropy centers do not leave behind Arts and Culture. All organizations or activities that promote enjoyment or understanding of the visual, folk, performing, or media arts, communication organizations (film, radio, video, publishing, television, journalism) and organizations that promote the understanding or appreciation of historical events. The services included under this program include performers, artists, entertainers, or art and writers, art and performing art schools, studios, and historical societies, studios and museums.
Not left behind are the programs or organizations under Public/Society Benefit that contribute to the public good and benefit society. This includes but not limited to beautifying public spaces, community/neighborhood development and improvement, civic organizations and institutions, voluntarism and philanthropy, and grant making foundations.
In all the above support, the philanthropy centers help to lower investment risk by providing grants to early-stage impact enterprises. They also provide anchor investments to impact investment products and funds. Foundations and Philanthropists are leaders in helping to build capacity among impact enterprises. The philanthropy centers provide you with the best-rounded set of resources to improve your craft.