An emerging global infrastructure for sustainable communities

European Community Foundations and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Făgăraș Research Institute published the report European Community Foundations and the Sustainable Development Goals: An emerging global infrastructure for sustainable communities. The report explores the vital role of European community foundations (CFs) in promoting local community sustainability, a mission inherently aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Agenda 2030. The report focuses on the European states, including Northern Mediterranean countries such as Albania, Croatia, Italy, and Spain. The report delves into the challenges faced by European CFs amid global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical events, emphasizing the crucial need for these foundations to adapt to evolving sustainability challenges, especially challenges of a global nature. Focusing on the emerging SDG-related dialogue within the European community foundations movement, the report details their contributions, including funding of local projects, organizing learning sessions, and assuming community leadership. The report also highlights challenges such as limited government focus on SDGs at both national and local levels, lack of research skills, and difficulty aligning local resources with global agendas. The report advocates for recognizing community foundations as a resilient component of a global infrastructure for sustainability and underscores the potential for lessons learned to shape sustainable practices at local, national, and global levels. To gain insights into this intricate landscape, read the full report: