There is general agreement that Brazil’s philanthropy sector is growing, but not very fast, and certainly not in proportion with the country’s growing wealth. It has yet to fulfil what most see as its full potential. Brazil is currently the world’s ninth largest economy, with the eighth largest number of billionaires in the world, yet it ranks as 75th in Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF’s) 2017 World Giving Index.
Corporate philanthropy is making more progress than other parts of the sector, with family foundations only beginning to get off the ground, and a small group of independent social justice funds and community philanthropy organizations emerging in the last ten years. There are a number of initiatives under way to promote a culture of giving and engage a largely untapped well of individual donors. Impact investing is well known but not developing as fast as its proponents had hoped.
There are a number of reasons for the slow growth of philanthropy in Brazil. Its potential role – particularly its role in expanding and consolidating democracy – is not well understood. There is widespread public mistrust of NGOs and a lack of understanding of what they do. Overseas donors are withdrawing from what they see as a middle-income country – a withdrawal seen by some as premature and damaging. The severe political and economic crisis that hit Brazil in 2014, not yet resolved, has also played its part.
The Philanthropy in Brazil report, authored by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, assesses the practices, strategies and results achieved by Brazilian philanthropy and makes more visible a phenomenon that is little known or valued by Brazilian society, including within the academic and civil society spheres. The report is a work in progress and not intended to be a complete and finished document. It can be seen as a point of departure through which others can contribute to help build it.
For more information, please see the full report attached below.
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The views expressed in the blog and report are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the SDG Philanthropy Platform. The SDG Philanthropy Platform is a global initiative that connects philanthropy with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact, driving SDG delivery within national development planning. It is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), and supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, Brach Family Charitable Foundation, and many others.