The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) is a global response by private philanthropy to the closing of civic space. Launching in 2017, the Initiative will facilitate a coordinated donor response to the increase in restrictions on civil society and limitations on cross-border philanthropy, encouraging donors to align their resources to create an enabling environment where civil society thrives and cross-border grant-making flourishes.
Private philanthropy is already supporting an enabling environment for civil society around the world, backing both local responses and global initiatives. FICS will build on this investment, encouraging donors to work together, building working relationships with key civil society organisations and seeking to work alongside them. FICS will also provide a single contact point for the activities of private donors who are working to reopen civic space, making available their expertise and influence where appropriate.
The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society is a collaborative programme funded by 12 international donors, and supported by the funder networks Ariadne: European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group. The Initiative is housed at Global Dialogue, a registered charity which promotes human rights and social change through innovative and collaborative philanthropy. FICS will be housed at Global Dialogue’s offices in London and will serve the donor community worldwide.