Formation of Network of Donor Foundations
Because the world is collaborative, on January 30 the first meeting of the future Network of Donor Foundations was held. This idea arose from the roundtable carried out at the meeting of foundations, which took place last November at Club de Golf Los Leones.
The objective of this initiative is to create an organisational structure that allows all our country’s donor foundations to improve individual and joint work, enhance learning, know who we are and how much we weigh (mapping the organisations and measuring their impact), and make our work visible, in order to improve the reputation of philanthropy in Chile.
• Represent and defend the interests of Chilean donor foundations.
• Strengthen and organise the sector.
• Improve the professionalisation and management of foundations, contributing to their transparency and good governance.
Fundación Chile + Hoy, represented by its executive director, Lorena Medel, will be part of a committee (made up of representatives from a total of five organisations) to define the steps to follow according to criteria such as (i) purpose of the network; (ii) key lessons; (iii) studies to be carried out; (iv) profile of the general coordinator, and others.
The first meeting will be held in the second week of March 2024.
First CEFIS 2024 meeting
On Thursday, January 18, at the Vitacura headquarters of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, the first CEFIS meeting aimed to open spaces for conversation between foundations to contribute – with their different experiences and trajectories – to develop the country’s philanthropy ecosystem.
One of the key conclusions of this first meeting was that philanthropy in Chile — although incipient and small compared to countries such as the United States, whose philanthropy sector is significantly more developed — has already made significant progress worth preserving and highlighting. Some examples include the work models that have been formed, the humanity of its people, and the collaboration that emerges between member organisations around specific projects. It is clear that the prospect of delving into the roots of the problems depends, in part, on integrated and coordinated work.
Winners of the Vida Mejor grant
On January 31, Chile + Hoy officially presented the contributions to the eight foundations that benefited from the Vida Mejor grant. This aid seeks to recognize the initiative and commitment of organisations that are taking charge of the integration and mental health of the elderly, their care (both in residences and at home), the promotion of active ageing, infrastructure and equipment.
They are Hogar de Cristo, Fundación Más Familias, Fundación Caminatas, Fundación Gerocultura, Fundación Revivir, Fundación RAFA – Comunidades que Sanan, and Hogar Italiano.