Promote Local Philanthropy
Our local philanthropy is based on the principle that “no one is too poor to give or too rich to receive”. Promoting local philanthropy brings a greater sense of ownership, localized solutions, and community controlled change process. Local philanthropy is not just a tool for fundraising. FST considers local philanthropy as a spirit to promote the culture of giving for development.
Grant management has been an essential strategy of FST since the beginning. This is the most important integral part of our activities. FST is very cautious that we do not commit to overambitious goals or expectations that cannot be met during the funding period.
FST undertakes capacity building of the grassroots organizations and individuals as well as staff of FST on development perspectives, feminist principles, critical thinking, and discourse. The focus is to strengthen the effectiveness of the work of the organizations and the emergence of visionary community leaders.
Implementation through partnership has always been the strength of FST. We will continue the strategy. Our efforts comprise the followings- Identify potential organizations and individuals to support, and ensure that organizations are committed to the issues and community development. Specific focus is given to women and women-led organizations, greater focus is given to organizations and individuals from unreached marginalized communities and locations. In a few instances, FST will implement interventions for learning as a pilot and bring the issues of the community through implementation to wider attention and discourse.
FST believes that change requires support from a larger section of like-minded groups and individuals. Issues of the community cannot always be resolved by just working at the village level. The changing political, economic, legal environment demands joining hands with networks or alliances working at the international, national and regional, or state level
Policy advocacy is essential for social development, and FST is fully aware of it. As part of the strategy, FST needs to strengthen the engagement in policy advocacy to people’s access to sustainable development opportunities. This will be an ongoing process for FST. Policy advocacy will remain as a strategy for FST whenever needed rather than FST becoming a policy advocacy organization.