Involving Philanthropies in Tobacco-Control Initiatives Aimed at Children and Youth

Tobacco-control donor summit

The International Youth Foundation convened an Anti-Tobacco Donor Summit August 7, 2000 in Chicago to explore new ways to involve philanthropies in tobacco control initiatives targeted at the world's children and youth.

The summit was held in conjunction with the 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health.

Key Results:

  • Representatives from 17 philanthropies from North and South America, Europe, and Asia attended the summit.
  • In preparation for the summit, the project team prepared a discussion paper, entitled "Diminishing the Tobacco Epidemic by Building Alliances and Taking Action."
  • The project team also prepared a summary report of the summit discussions, entitled Dialogue of Philanthropies on Tobacco.

Key Conclusions: In the summary report, Dialogue of Philanthropies on Tobacco, the project team reported the following key conclusions:

  • The group agreed that there is potential strength in working together, rather than solely working as individual organizations.
  • All participants endorsed the idea of an evolving clearinghouse/secretariat to help marshal tobacco-control efforts. In addition to serving the affinity group of donors, such an entity would send a strong message to the tobacco industry, as well as to the public, that tobacco reduction is a global priority health issue.
  • Among the roles suggested by participants for such a clearinghouse/secretariat are the following:
    • Help create a global affinity group of donors focusing on tobacco control.
    • Coordinate tobacco-control efforts among the donor community to encourage greater geographical and programmatic coverage.
    • Gather, synthesize and share inter-organizational learning and research on evidence-based tobacco reduction programs and practices from around the world.
    • Promote intersectoral bridging through the establishment of public/private tobacco-control partnerships involving multilateral and regional development banks, bilateral development agencies, UN system organizations, government ministries, foundations, educational systems, religious bodies and other civil society organizations, etc.
    • Determine new and effective ways that donors could support the capacity building of grassroots coalitions of organizations engaged in national tobacco reduction campaigns.

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