WINGS Network Monthly Update – August

Welcome, Benjamin Bellegy!

The WINGS Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that after an extensive search we have appointed Benjamin Bellegy as WINGS’ new Executive Director, starting October 1st, 2016.

Benjamin Bellegy, a la Fondation de France, le 7 juin 2016. © Lucien Lung

Benjamin is a French national; he brings extensive experience in philanthropy and international cooperation, previously leading programs in the area of philanthropy, sustainable development and humanitarian aid in Fondation de France. Benjamin lived and worked in different parts of the world and speaks many languages, including Portuguese. We are confident that his enthusiasm and strategic vision will contribute to leading WINGS forward.

We welcome Benjamin to WINGS with great confidence and we count on your support as members, friends and partners, during this transition phase.

We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Helena Monteiro who led WINGS for the last five years and transformed it into a sustainable institution with broad membership base and a unique role in supporting infrastructure for philanthropy globally. We hope that you will join us in wishing Helena all the very best in her new endeavors.

Maria Chertok, Chair, WINGS Board of Directors


On the Road to Mexico

We are inviting WINGS members and partners to shape WINGSForum 2017 by submitting ideas for breakout sessions. Submit via our online form here!


WINGSForum 2017: 5 Minutes with Barry Knight


In the run up to WingsForum 2017, we spoke to Barry Knight, Executive Director at CENTRIS, about the previous WingsForum conference.

‘Having evaluated more than 20 large conferences in philanthropy over the past two decades, WINGSForum 2014 was right up there among the best – if not the best. What was truly remarkable was the consistent quality across the whole meeting, including the breakout sessions – which is the hardest part of any conference to get right.’

Find out more and read the whole interview here.


Knowledge Center

Evaluating the Impact of the Behealthy Programme in Russia

The Charities Aid Foundation in Russia have recently published an evaluation of social return for the BeHealthy Programme (BHP) implemented by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in Russia with the financial support of the Mondelēz International Foundation (MIF). The programme is part of the Mondelēz Global Community Partnership Initiative to promote active, healthy lifestyles – a critical component of the company’s wellbeing mission. The evaluation measures the impact of the BHP over a seven-year period (2008-2014) in three schools located in three different Russian regions where the programme was implemented: school no. 18 in Novgorod, Ropsha school (Leningrad region) and school no. 2 in Sobinka (Vladimir region).

GIFE launched Key Facts on Philanthropy in Brazil, in partnership with the Foundation Center

In partnership with the Foundation Center, GIFE has launched a report on key philanthropic facts in Brazil. Reports present characteristics from philanthropy in Brazil, based on GIFE’s members survey, and also compare these data with data about American foundations. Reports are in Portuguese and English, and can be accessed here.

To find out more, be sure to contact Iara Rolnik from GIFE at


TrustAfrica’s 10th Anniversary


Looking back, Looking ahead: African Philanthropy for Socio-Economic and Political Justice in the 21st Century

On the 6th of June in 2006 TrustAfrica officially began operations as an independent foundation in Dakar, Senegal. The launch of TrustAfrica was a culmination of processes that dates back to 1999 when discussions that eventually led to the idea of TrustAfrica started within Ford Foundation. Most notable in this period was the creation in 2001 of the Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) within Ford Foundation tasked with leading the consultations and processes leading up to the establishment of TrustAfrica as an independent African foundation based on the continent. 2016 marks ten years of TrustAfrica’s existence. It’s a befitting moment to recall the journey the institution has travelled, reflect on the experience gathered over the years and indeed, look ahead to the future as the organization enters yet another chapter in its existence. Find out more from their website.

[Webinar] FATF Says Nonprofits No Longer ‘Particularly Vulnerable’ – What’s Next?

Webinar, 12th September 2016

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has revised its Recommendation 8 on regulation of nonprofits to no longer characterize them as “particularly vulnerable” to terrorist abuse and made important changes to the Interpretive Note to this Recommendation. Non-profit groups are now wondering how their countries will react to these revisions and how they can ensure that national implementation is beneficial to nonprofits and in line with FATF’s new risk-based approach.

This webinar will discuss how these changes to Recommendation 8 were developed and what the non-profit sector, including foundations, can do to help shape the road ahead.

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.

PFC Conference 2016

Vancouver, Canada, 1st – 3rd November 2016

The 6th biennial PFC Conference in Vancouver is focusing on ‘Looking Outward: New Horizons for Canadian Philanthropy’.

ACF Annual Conference 

London, UK, 3rd November 2016

ACF’s annual conference for staff and trustees of foundations and grant-making charities from across the UK will be on Thursday 03 November 2016 at BMA House, central London on the theme of ‘trust’.

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.

CFP Annual Meeting

Maputo, Mozambique, 15th -17th November 2016

Centro Portugues de Fundacoes will be hosting their meeting in Maputo, focusing on ‘Foundations and the Global Agenda 2030’.

Global Summit on Community Philanthropy

Johannesburg, South Africa, 1st – 2nd December 2016

Registration is now open for Global Summit on Community Philanthropy that will take place in Johannesburg, 1-2 December 2016!   

Membership Update

Join us in welcoming The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) to our network!

To learn more about 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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