WEBINAR: Applying a Social Justice Lens to Your International Grants

Recorded in Partnership the the Association of Corporate Philanthropy Professionals

In CAF America’s “The Voice of Corporate Philanthropy in Response to COVID-19 Worldwide"—Volume 4 in a series of COVID-19 reports— corporate donors indicated an interest in adapting their strategies to apply a stronger racial equity and social justice lens to their philanthropy. This renewed interest is driven by mounting pressure from investors, consumers, and employees to demonstrate an authentic interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with all the cultural sensitivity that implies. Multinational companies seeking to expand this strategy to their cross-border giving and international charitable initiatives are facing the added challenge of adapting their interventions to the local context. For a measured and thoughtful approach, contextual experts are required, which includes engaging host country nationals with extensive contextual expertise and knowledge of the ecosystem of civil society organizations along with local employees from the company. All this must be coordinated while meeting the necessary regulations for cross-border giving. Speakers: Jessie Krafft, CAF America Gill Bates, CAF Southern Africa and Paula Jancso Fabiani, IDIS.

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Jessie Krafft has worked with CAF America for nearly 10 years. In her current role, she coordinates the offices of the Grants and Donor Services teams, Business Development team, and the Thought Leadership & Communications team.

Jessie also develops and executes services assisting donors with strategic grantmaking, philanthropy planning, and investing charitable assets. She is a leading expert in international grantmaking from the US and Canada as well as in local country laws on foreign funding.

Gill Bates  assumed the role of CAF Southern Africa's CEO in January 2017. Gill has some 25 years experience, in the corporate, parastatal and non-profit space.

She is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) specialist and has managed the trusts and foundations of a number of blue chip entities, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

She has had extensive experience in the Financial Services Sector, from a CSI perspective.

Paula FabianiPaula Fabiani is the CEO of IDIS (The Institute for the Development of Social Investment). Previously, she was the CFO of Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation and Akatu Institute. Paula has worked in financial markets at organizations such as BankBoston and Lloyds Bank.

Author of two books about Endowments in Brazil, and one about Early Childhood Development in the Amazon, she is the only Brazilian accredited Social Return on Investment evaluation practitioner by Social Value UK.