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About the Event

The purpose of this three-day event which is being hosted by the Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice- Brazil is to promote the concept and practice of social justice and community philanthropy . The event will happen in Rio de Janeiro on July 8, 9, 10, 2015, at the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro.

We hope that individuals who work with philanthropic organizations, networks , those involved in related fields, and philanthropists will attend and contribute to the establishment of strategies and action plans to promote the concept of social justice and community philanthropy and increase the resources for social justice and community philanthropy.


To register for the conference, please use the registration form, click here. We ask that you register as soon as possible. Space, therefore number of participants, is limited. The deadline for registration is
July 03, 2015. If you need more information or have any questions, please email contato@rededefundos.org.br

The Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice – Brazil/Rede de Fundos Independentes para a Justiça Social is made up of ten members(www.rededefundos.org.br).

In the last decade, the members have awarded grants to more than 11,000 organizations in all the regions of Brazil and, in the case of CASA, Latin America to groups and organizations that work with racial equity, women’s empowerment, human rights, sustainability and community development and rights.

People and Organizations

Nilcea Freire
Ford Foundation
Ana Toni
Rui Mesquita
Kellogg Foundation
Helena Monteiro
Andres Thompson
Programa ELLAS do CEDES (Argentina)
Fondo Región Colonia
Gibrán Rivéra
Interaction Institute for Social Change
Agustina O’Farrell
Thomson Reuters
Graciela Selaimen
Ford Foundation
Fábio Deboni
Sabin Institute
Raquel Coimbra
Iara Rolnik
Roberto Vilela
Mariela Puga
Fondo de Mujeres del Sur
Lori Villarosa
Philanthropic Initiative for
Racial Equity
Cristhopher Harris
Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace
Avila Kilmurray
Global Fund for Community Foundation
Andrea Nagel
Interaction Institute for Social Change
Cindy Lessa
Network of Independents Funds for Social Justice
Anderson Giovani
Community Institute Florianópolis (ICom)
Ana Valéria Araújo
Brazil Human Rights Fund
Cristina Orpheo
Socioenvironmental Fund CASA
Dimas Galvão
Maria Amalia
Socioenvironmental Fund CASA
Graciela Hopstein
Rio Institute
Harley Batista
PositHiVo Fund for Sustainability of Civil Society
Monica de Roure
Patricia Lobaccaro
Brazil Foundation
Regina Cabral
Baixada Institute
Selma Moreira
Baobá Fund for
Racial Equity
Maíra Junqueira
Brazil Human Rights Fund
Lucia Carrasco
Network of Women's Funds
Andre Degenszaijn
Sueli Carneiro
Fundo Baobá
Fundo Brasil
K.K. Verdade
Fundo Social ELAS



9:00 am
Welcome Coffee

9:20 am – 9:40 am
Opening, welcome and purpose

9:40 am – 10:15 am
World Cafe Rounds
Participants introduce themselves to each other

10:15 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:30 am
The Facts
Atila Roque (Anistia Internacional) and Sergio Leitão (Greenpeace) will discuss the political situation of Brazil from a human rights and socio-environmental perspective.

11:30 am -1:00 pm
Social Justice  Philanthropy Talk Show
Ana Valéria Araújo (Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos, Amália Fischer (ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social), Lucia Carrasco (International Network of Women’s Funds) and Graciela Hopstein (Instituto Rio) will answer questions regarding this form of philanthropy.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch (served at meeting site)

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Funders Market Place
Funds and participants will interact, share experiences.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Group Strategy Session.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Review and closing of the day


9:00 am
Welcome Coffee

9:20 am  – 9:35 am
Review of first day

9:35 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 10:45 am
Presentation by Joao Ripper: “Communication is a Human Right “

10:45 am – 11:00 pm

11:00 am –  12:00 noon
Seeing the System (Group dynamic)

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch (served at meeting site)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Open Space (Group Dynamic)

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
The practice of philanthropy
Synthesis of the two days and open dialogue.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm


9:00 am
Welcome Coffee

9:30 am  – 10:00 am
Opening, welcome
Alexandre dos Reis – Superintendent of SESI/RJ and Regional Director of SENAI/RJ of the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro
James B. Story - Consul General, United States Consulate, Rio de Janeiro


10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Challenges and Opportunities for Social Justice Philanthropy
Panel followed by open dialogue

Moderator: Ana Toni (Gestão de Interesse Público, Instituto Clima e Sociedade)
Chris Harris (Working Group Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace)
Ana Valéria Araújo (Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos)
Andre Degenzjain (Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas)
Lori Villarosa (Philanthropies for Racial Equity)
Nilcea Freire (Ford Foundation)
Amália Fischer (ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social)
Alejandra Garduno (Kellogg Foundation)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch (served at meeting site)

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Community Foundations: A Form of Philanthropy
Panel followed by open dialogue

Moderator: Amália Fischer (ELAS Fundo de Investimento Social)
Avila Kilmurray (Global Fund and Global Alliance for Community Foundations)
Graciela Hopstein (Instituto Rio)
Regina Cabral (Instituto Baixada Maranhense)
Anderson Giovanni (Instituto Grande Florianópolis)
Maria Amália Souza (Casa Fundo Socioambiental)
Roberto Villela (Taboa, Desenvolvimento Comunitário)

Gibran Rivera and Andrea Nagel of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (www.interactioninstitute.org) have collaborated in the building of this agenda and will be facilitators the meeting throughout the two days.


FIRJAN - Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Graça Aranha, 1 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - 20030-002