Decades of community development have been fueled by good intensions, but have our efforts accomplished all that we hoped for? Are our philanthropic efforts adapting to a changing landscape, or are we stuck in our old ways? We will look at the call for change in the philanthropic sector being heralded locally & globally, the ways that the power brokers unknowingly create dependency and barriers to long-term sustainability of community efforts, and practical steps that NGOs and donors can take to change this by adopting models of empowerment and asset-based community-driven development. Attendees will learn how to advocate for change within their spheres of influence, and adopt a new model of charitable work.
Elaine Tymchak is the founder of Cultivate. She’s Brazilian native with a Masters in International Development, and has over 20 years of missionary, philanthropic and community development experience. She has dedicated her life to changing how the world does charity by challenging the status quo and advocating for social change that empowers grassroots efforts and equalizes power and influence within the philanthropic sector between the those at the bottom and those at the top.