Welcome to the Comuá Network!

Inside the

Comuá Network

The Comuá Network is a space that brings together thematic, community funds and community foundations, donor organizations (grantmakers) independent, which mobilize resources from diverse sources to support groups, collectives, movements and civil society organizations that work in the fields of socio-environmental justice, human rights and community development. Supporting civil society initiatives led by political minorities with financial resources is a key strategy for the promotion and construction of agendas aimed at the recognition and defense of rights, and therefore, for the strengthening of Brazilian democracy. The Network seeks to strengthen its members' capacity for joint action, enhancing their role in social transformation processes, in advocacy actions, giving visibility to their actions both in the field of philanthropy and in the public sphere.

In 2012, the Comuá Network was established as 'Independent Funds for Social Justice Network.' In 2017, it underwent a significant transformation, changing its name to 'Philanthropy Network for Social Justice' with the support of key partners, including Baobá funds, ELAS+ Doar para Transformar, Fundo Brasil Fundo Casa Socioambiental, Greater Florianópolis Community Institute (ICOM), BrazilFoundation, Rio Institute, and Baixada Institute.

On June 1, 2023, Comuá was officially founded. The formal founding of the Network, - which started in 2022 after 10 years of operation - included Baobá funds – Fund for racial equity, BrazilFoundation, Casa Fluminense, Elas+ Doar para Transformar, Fundo Agbara, Fundo Brasil, Fundo Brasileiro de Educação Ambiental (FunBEA), Fundo Casa Socioambiental, Fundo Positivo, Instituto Baixada , Climate and Society Institute (iCS), Greater Florianópolis Community Institute (ICOM), Procomum Institute, Society, Population and Nature Institute (ISPN), Maré and Tabôa Networks – Strengthening the community.

COMUÁ ADOPTS THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES IN ITS ACTIVITIES:

Upholding democratic and republican values.

Dedication to advancing philanthropy for socio-environmental justice, promoting, and expanding its reach. 

A commitment to transparency in both actions and the management of human and financial resources.

Encouraging collaboration and complementarity among members and partners.

Fostering a horizontal and internally democratic approach.

Zero tolerance for discrimination in any form.

OUR

MISSION

Strengthen and expand independent local philanthropy in socio-environmental justice (human, racial, and gender rights) and community development. Our mission is to promote diverse grantmaking practices by donating resources to initiatives and multiple actors of the Brazilian civil society, giving visibility to their actions and stimulating the production of knowledge to consolidate advocacy actions in the philanthropic ecosystem.

OUR

VISION

We envision Brazil as an inclusive nation with a diverse philanthropic culture that bolsters civil society, steadfastly focusing on socio-environmental justice, rights promotion and recognition, and preserving democracy.

OURS

GOALS

Strengthen and promote social justice philanthropy in Brazil from the perspective of human rights understood from a complex and intersectional perspective.

Disseminate and give visibility to member organizations, highlighting their performance and contribution to the country's transformation so that they can be seen as alternatives for social investment.

Articulate member organizations to strengthen struggles and expand resources for human rights and social justice donations to support transformative initiatives.

GOVERNANCE

executive team

Graciela Hopstein
Executive director
Jonathan Azevedo
Program advisor
Mica Perez
Operations coordinator
Monica Ribeiro
Coordenadora de comunicação
Wanda Alves
Assistente de operações e finanças
Yasmin Morais
Program assistant

Board of Governance

Ana Valeria Araujo
Brazil Fund Superintendent
Giovanni Harvey
Executive Director of Fundo Baobá
Larissa Amorim
Executive Coordinator at Casa Fluminense
Roberto Vilela
Executive Director of Tabôa - community strengthening

Fiscal Council

Gislene Aniceto
Brazil Fund general manager
Hebe da Silva
Baobá Fund administrative and financial coordinator

Members' Meeting

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INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

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INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

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THEORY OF CHANGE

PROBLEM

Brazilian society has difficulty recognizing the role of civil society in defense of rights and socio-environmental justice, impacting dialogue and its performance in the democratic field.

Purpose

Strengthen the role and recognition of civil society in the defense of rights and socio-environmental justice to strengthen democracy.

Impact

Network Organization is more able to enhance the organizations they support.

Public

Comuá member funds;
Community and independent funds and foundations;
National and international philanthropic ecosystem;
Organizations, collectives and civil society groups that work in the field of the defense of rights.

Strategies

Collaborative actions among network members; Coordination of stakeholders, knowledge, partnerships, and resources; Knowledge creation and dissemination; Communication;
Articulation of actors, knowledge, partnerships and resources;
Production and dissemination of knowledge;
Communication;
Advocacy.

result

short term

- Joint mobilization of resources
- Institutional strengthening of the Network
- Network articulated with the philanthropic ecosystem as a whole

medium and long term

- Joint action of organizations that make social justice philanthropy
- Expanded network, recognized and relevant as a promoter of social justice philanthropy
- Consolidated performance models and results of social justice philanthropy
- Network organizations strengthened, with more resources and recognized
- Strengthened social justice philanthropy )more resources and recognition as a political actor)

THE NETWORK IN NUMBERS

NUMBER OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS PER YEAR

YEAR
AMOUNT
2018
9
2019
11
2020
13
2021
14
2022
16

Direct and indirect donations from member organizations, by type and year

From creation to 2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
TOTALS
direct donations
R$148,542,179.23
R$35,290,230.91
R$48,825,036.90
R$94,001,365.01
R$145,456,105.10
R$172,230,315.90
R$644,345,233.05
indirect donations
R$45,893,741.27
R$11,844,685.78
R$9,213,728.06
R$10,918,463.92
R$16,977,986.92
R$21,142,668.95
R$115,991,275.90
Totals
R$194,435,920.50
R$47,137,916.69
R$58,038,765.96
R$104,919,828.93
R$162,434,092.02
R$193,372,984.85
R$760,336,508.95