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InfoPark, a resource in Serbian cities for migrants and refugees.

The Serbian foundation Trag, with the support of the Belgrade City Council, the International Rescue Committee, and others, established information and communications centers in the parks of three Serbian cities to provide incoming refugees with the support they need to make a safer journey through Europe. Courtesy of

Local Philanthropy Serves as a Lifeline for Civil Society and Community Organizations

As civil society operates in an increasingly hostile space, the role of local, grassroots grantmakers has never been more important, according to Jenny Hodgson, executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.

Stephen Heintz on the Responsibility of Philanthropy

Philanthropy must invest time and commit to constant innovation in order to tackle the root causes of the world’s most pressing problems, Stephen Heintz said, in remarks at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre in April.

Maximizing Impact with New Models of Philanthropy

During a plenary session at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's National Conference in San Francisco in May 2015, Stephen Heintz, president of the Fund, participated in a panel discussion about different models of philanthropy and how each can maximize foundation impact. Heintz said foundations can demonstrate leadership by using intellectual, endowment, reputational, and relational capital, in addition to their grantmaking dollars.

European Foundation Centre Examines Operating Environment for Foundations in Western Balkans

The European Foundation Centre (EFC) has released a paper comparing and analyzing the current landscape for public-benefit foundations and nonprofits in six countries of the Western Balkans. The EFC’s European Center for Non-Profit Law published the report, contrasting the legal and monetary nuances of foundation work in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

Stephen Heintz on Why Philanthropy Matters

Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, spoke at a seminar about philanthropy at the Terry Sanford Institute's Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University in December 2014. Mr. Heintz discussed the Rockefeller family tradition of philanthropy, impact investing, and collaboration with other foundations, among other topics.