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Community leader named to international board

A leader in local philanthropy and social development has been named the only North American member of the board of directors of an international community foundation.

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, was named to the board of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The board includes representatives from Africa, Asia and Europe.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to serve on the board of an organization committed to community development and philanthropy around the world,” Dedecker said.

The Global Fund for Community Foundations has awarded grants in 52 countries since its 2006 inception. It has a network of more than 100 community philanthropy institutions worldwide.

The board of directors is charged with “setting the organizational strategy that will make sure our mission is being served throughout the world, enhancing and expanding community philanthropy,” Dedecker said.

The board’s work also includes looking for new models that can help local agencies prioritize efforts and find solutions rather than having an international aid group assume that role, which has been the common practice, Dedecker said.

Her appointment is also an opportunity to bring international attention to the successful Buffalo philanthropic model.

“Our Community Foundation has been very engaged in work in a cross-sector partnership of public, private and nonprofit that has proven to be an effective approach to co-create solutions to persistent challenges.”

She said the local community will also benefit as she learns about best practices from around the world.

“It’s an opportunity to lead and to learn,” Dedecker said.