Our MissionThe Global Fund collaborates with civil society organizations around the world, promoting enlightened philanthropy and providing ethical fundraising services targeted toward local and international sources.
Civil Society Organizations
Rather than speak of an organization as not-for-profit or non-profit, which are negative terms, we prefer to call it a civil society organization / CSO.
Civil Society is an admittedly vague term that refers to the associative aspect of people's daily lives, a quality that fosters and manifests a cooperative spirit. Some people use the term in a narrower sense, referring to the public sphere wherein citizens exchange views about common issues.
While not everyone shares the exact same definition of civil society organization, more and more academics and practitioners uses this positive term to describe charities, universities, professional associations, religious groups, labor unions, citizen advocacy organizations, etc.
We are a civil society organization / CSO, too, and our two programs help our counterparts to improve and prosper, for the long-term benefit of the people they serve.
First, the Global Fund Raising Advisory trains and advises CSOs in developing and transition countries regarding how to obtain contributions from individuals, foundations, and businesses within their own country. Provided they work hard to do so, we act as consultants for their international fund raising.
Second, the Global Solidarity Fund serves as an incubator for small groups of donors in the U.S. and abroad who exercise hands-on philanthropy, contributing money and professional services to one or two CSOs of their own choosing, located anywhere in the world, including the U.S.
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