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This case study focuses on the impact the Luker Foundation has made in the fields of education and entrepreneurship in Colombia. The case illustrates Luker’s successes in strategically engaging local stakeholder groups as a collaborative approach to development. This case study is based on textual analysis of online documents, artifacts, and social media sites along with in-depth interviews and focus groups with key members of the Luker Foundation. The primary purpose of this case study is to generate in-depth understanding of the Luker Foundation and its full operating context in terms of key programs, policies, and organizational strategies to generate grounded knowledge that can inform mission, policy and program development, and professional practice, as well as civil and community action. The Luker Foundation currently focuses its work in two main areas: education and entrepreneurship, while continuing to support the social improvement work it has provided since 1994 to multiple institutions in Manizales through dedicated projects. The goal is to make Manizales an example of a sustainable and inclusive society. Once the Foundation moved away from charity to more strategic and structural issues in education, they could not find NGOs in the city with the necessary skills for implementation without Foundation support. Thus, without strong organizations to work through, the members of the Luker Foundation decided to lead the change they wanted to see by taking on an active and central role in delivering a new pedagogical model within the public schools of Manizales.


frontier Philanthropy, Global South Philanthropy, Luker foundation, Columbia, Impact Philanthropy, NGO, Foundations, Education reform



Date Posted: 19 February 2021