WINGS Network Monthly Update – November

WINGSForum – On the Road to Mexico


Registration for members is now open! Visit the WINGSForum website to find out more.


Enabling Environment for Philanthropy: An International Convening of WINGS, roadmap


In March 2016, experts and philanthropy professionals from 18 countries met in Lisbon to discuss a complex and troubling situation – the increasing restrictions on funding and freedom of civil society organizations and its consequences on philanthropy – from a global perspective. Participants reflected on what could be done to influence the forces framing this issue and improve the giving environment. The focus of the meeting was on philanthropy infrastructure organizations, with additional participation of colleagues from international law and civil society.

We are pleased to announce that this discussion is going to be continued at WINGSForum 2017. In the meantime you can read meeting proceedings here.



World Giving Index 2016


CAF has launched the latest World Giving Index 2016. The CAF World Giving Index is a leading study on global generosity. Now in its seventh year, it provides a picture of charitable behaviour around the world.

The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s population. Find the publication here.

Bhekinkosi Moyo wins fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize!


It is with great pleasure and pride that we can now announce the winner of the fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize: Bhekinkosi Moyo, executive director of the Southern Africa Trust and chair of the Africa Philanthropy Network.

In a continent where philanthropy has long been marginalized, where very little infrastructure exists to support its development and there is little understanding of its role, Bheki Moyo has consistently promoted African philanthropy locally and globally. He has led and supported efforts on both the practical and theoretical aspects of it. Most recently, he was instrumental in setting up a Chair in African Philanthropy at South Africa’s Witwatersrand Business School.

To read more click here.


Bursaries available to attend 2017 Community Foundations Conference in Canada!


Community Foundations of Canada is pleased offer a number of bursaries to assist international participants with the costs of attending its 2017 Community Foundations Conference.

Join community foundation and philanthropic leaders from around the world at this global gathering taking place May 11-13, 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.

Connect with peers, exchange ideas and be part of an exciting lineup of activities that will unlock new relationships, encourage collaboration and strengthen our sense of belonging to each other and our communities.

If you are interested in attending the conference and need financial support, you may apply for a bursary. Find out more here.

Foundations for Peace celebrates 10 years


Foundations for Peace (FFP), a global network of local funders working collaboratively to build peace and justice in regions impacted by violent conflict, marked its 10th Anniversary by hosting an international conference Laying the Foundations for Peace: a policy contribution 2016 on 4th November 2016 at Philanthropy House, EFC, Brussels.

Through shared experience of work in conflict regions, FFP recognises the value and sustainability of local peacebuilding efforts and why this should be placed centrally into the peacebuilding and development aid discourse. Studies show that, despite the best efforts of many, the architecture surrounding development aid does not contribute to lasting peace in conflict-affected communities. Indeed, the aid system undermines the very local activism essential to transforming conflicts.

Evidence suggests that such transformation must come from within. Unless local people own and develop change, it will fail to take root.  A key aim for external efforts in delivering aid should be the support of local efforts to build peace within the region. Indigenous forces for change make for lasting peace and no amount of external intervention on its own can deliver this. The FFP can contribute significant learning to this discourse and its Anniversary publications make an important contribution – – ‘Laying the Foundations for Peace: a Policy Contribution’ and Ten years of Peace building work in Conflict Regions: Reflections of the Foundations for Peace Network members.


Grantmaker’s East Forum

Hamburg, Germany, 30th Nov – 2nd Dec

The conference will be dedicated to the refugee crisis to find out how funders across Europe and beyond, respecting the different subsets of issues in Central-Eastern and Western Europe, can work together and in cooperation with others to respond to the needs of refugees.

Global Summit on Community Philanthropy

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

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

FCAA AIDS Philanthropy Summit

Washington D.C., USA, 5th – 6th Dec 2016

Join your colleagues in HIV philanthropy for the Funders Concerned About AIDS8th Annual AIDS Philanthropy Summit.  FCAA will release its signature publication Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2015, the only resource of its kind reporting on who is funding what, where, and how within the HIV landscape.  Gathering in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, we will also explore how the results will impact our work going forward.

NileTESOL Conference

Cairo, 23rd – 24th Jan

NileTESOL is a professional association for all those individuals who are actively involved in the development of the teaching of English and in teaching content in English in Egypt and globally.

2017 Board of Boards (CECP)

New York, 27th Feb

CECP’s Board of Boards, a Forbes-named top three “power player” event for CEOs, is a three hour, closed-door networking discussion. The event provides the opportunity for peers to discuss the business imperative for infusing stakeholder needs into core business strategy. Remarks from CEO Force for Good honorees inform a board meeting-style conversation. This year’s event includes first-ever strategic investor presentations in the afternoon.

Philanthropy Summit 2017

Wellington, New Zealand, 10th – 12th May

Innovation is playing an increasingly crucial role in the success of communities, organisations and even countries and can fundamentally shift the impact of philanthropy. In May 2017, Philanthropy New Zealand are hosting the country’s largest gathering of leaders involved with philanthropy. Held at Te Papa, Innovate for Impact will bring together global and local thought leaders from philanthropy, business, iwi, government, investment and the community sector along with innovators for the two-day summit.

Membership Update

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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