WINGS Network Monthly Update – July

On the Road to Mexico

It’s the perfect time to think about what you would like to see and do at WINGSForum. WINGS members will soon be invited to submit session ideas on August 8th! 

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Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: Interview with WINGSForum 2014 Host, Başak Ersen

This coming February, 2017, key players from around the world will convene at WINGSForum 2017: Critical Philanthropy. WINGS recently interviewed board member Başak Ersen, Secretary General of Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), on his past experience as part of the Host Committee for WINGSForum 2014 and what he is most looking forward to at WINGSForum 2017.


The State of Arab Philanthropy and the Case for Change


The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) has spent the past two years studying the landscape in which the forum functions. AFF, as a membership-based network of philanthropic foundations based in and/or working in the Arab region, is uniquely positioned to canvass the region’s donors, grantmakers, and civil society players, and to draw conclusions about the state of the region’s philanthropic sector. The overarching conclusion presented in this viewpoint is that there are many challenges, but also ways in which we can help to mitigate these challenges over time. The article points to three key ways in which the philanthropic sector is being challenged.

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Human Rights Grantmaking

Where do human rights grants go? Be sure to find out more from The International Human Rights Funders Group here.

Spotlight on Member Events

INSPIRE Conference: Philanthropy – Roads to Social Change


Find out more about the Association for Community Foundations in Romania’s INSPIRE Conference: Philanthropy – Roads to Social Change!

Knowledge Center

International Human Rights Funders Group
Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings

Explore the who, what, where and how with IHRFG’s latest research: Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, Key Findings. Find the report here.

WINGS Update

WINGS Is Gathering Data From Its Members for the Next Philanthropy Infrastructure Report

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In 2012, WINGS launched the first-ever study on support to grantmakers and private social investors globally – Infrastructure in Focus: A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy. This report was a starting point to build a comprehensive picture of the characteristics and growth patterns of the global philanthropy infrastructure.

It is now time to update the first report and go further on mapping philanthropy infrastructure globally. This second report will be informed by newly-gathered data that is being collected from WINGS members and launched during WINGSForum 2017. If you are a member, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this global picture of organizations serving philanthropy. Reach out to our Knowledge Management Coordinator, Pamela Ribiero

Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

Meet the seven finalists here! The prize is organised by Alliance Magazine in association with WINGS and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.


2016 Philanthropy Australia National Conference

Sydney, 21st September 2016

Evolution or revolution: Is philanthropy future ready? Impact, collaboration, risk and disruption – these are just some of the words we hear almost every day when we talk about philanthropy. But what do they mean for philanthropy in the present and philanthropy in the future – that’s the focus of Philanthropy Australia’s 2016 National Conference.

2016 African Philanthropy Forum

Rabat, Morocco, 17th – 18th October 2016

The 2016 African Philanthropy Forum, to be held in Morocco just a few weeks before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the required bold steps and big bets, especially in response to the agricultural, climate, energy, governance and urbanization challenges facing the African Continent. It also provides philanthropists and social investors on the Continent with the opportunity to consider the critical and strategic roles that they have to play individually and collectively in this journey of transformation.

Latin American Indigenous Funder’s Conference

Lima, Peru, 25th – 27th October 2016

IFIP is hosting its first Latin America Indigenous Funders Conference in Lima, Peru, from October 25-27. Following its predecessors, this event will serve as a catalyst for vital conversations and new collaboration between donors and Indigenous communities on the frontlines. The Conference Planning Committee has decided to dedicate the event to Berta Cáceres, who had participated in an IFIP event on the security of Indigenous human rights defenders following her receipt of the Goldman Environmental Prize last year. 

The Theme is: Buen Vivir: Supporting the Role of Indigenous Peoples in Bio-Cultural Diversity, Human Rights and Sustainable Economic Models.

EVPA Annual Conference 2016

Paris, France, 3rd – 4th November 2016

Are you interested in building sustainable non-profits and social enterprises? Are you curious about cross-border philanthropy and investment, scalable societal impact or green bonds? Would you like to work with government or corporations to find effective solutions to persistent societal problems?  In that case, you will be interested in this year’s EVPA annual conference.

Themed “Moving beyond Boundaries,” the event will be a platform to think about how to build and grow the European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment sector, but also to learn about the latest in innovative financing models, impact measurement and capacity building.

Cemefi’s 8th World Youth Volunteer Conference

Puebla, Mexico, 3rd – 5th November 2016

The IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference (WYVC) is a unique opportunity for young volunteers, up to age 29, to meet together, volunteer together, learn and reflect together and begin relationships that can last for many years.

Cemefi’s 24th World Volunteer Conference

Mexico City, 7th – 10th November 2016

The theme, Volunteering for Social Change – recognizes that volunteering is a powerful way in which individual and collective actions can bring needed change to our communities, our countries and our rapidly globalizing world.

Membership Update

With WINGSForum around the corner, don’t miss the opportunity to become part of WINGS’ Global Network!

Any questions about your membership? Email Sarah.

Alliance Magazine

Did you know that WINGS members are eligible for a free or discounted subscription to Alliance Magazine? Be sure to reach out for more information.

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