ECFI has been committed to raising awareness of the relevance of the SDGs among community foundations. It has been a thread running through all our work – as a topic on the agenda of peer learning activities, in presentations and conferences, in research and in communications.
Our Guide ‘Connecting Community Foundations with the SDGs’ seeks to demonstrate that the work of community foundations is highly relevant to the SDGs – making the connection between local action and global good, using the SDG framework. It proposes adopting a ‘whole-of-organisation approach’ which takes into consideration mission, investment, strategies and programmes, communications and operations, to enhance their role, credibility and effectiveness as catalysts for change.
We offer practical workshops across Europe, co-designed and implemented along with national associations, to ensure that they are contextually relevant but also to identify the on-going support required. These aim to build an understanding of the relevance of the SDGs to the work of community foundations and in their community leadership role, and to explore ways to embrace the SDGs and embed them in the organisation.
We gather and curate examples of practice in the field which serves to demonstrate the added value of embracing the SDGs and to help community foundations overcome challenges in utilising the framework in a productive way.