Reflections from our learning journey

By Noura Selim, Executive Director at Sawiris Foundation   19 years as one of the first family foundations in Egypt, the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, working actively and tirelessly to serve the most marginalized communities in Egypt through education, economic empowerment and social empowerment. What have we achieved in these 19 years? Can we…

Why networks are so critical in today’s disrupted environment

by Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director, WINGS   Who said net-working means not-working? Few forms of organization and action require as much thoughtful, work intensive, persevering, adaptive, and well- resourced effort and labour than networks to be successful. While their reward lies in sustainability, impact, trust and effectiveness, their establishment and management are complex. In philanthropy,…

Development of Chinese philanthropy infrastructure

By Weiming Wu, Senior Program Manager and Legal Officer at Woqi Foundation   The 1980s saw a great change in the development of Chinese philanthropy when the government started opening space for civil society to help deal with social problems, and welcoming the increasing number of international aids/development projects started entering the country, which, to…

A warm welcome to our new Board Directors!

Alina Porumb Alina has been engaged in the civil society and philanthropy development initiatives in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe in the last 23 years, as a development consultant, program director, researcher and volunteer. She is currently the Executive President of the Association for the Practice of Transformation, leading of the Initiative for Strategic…

The Moral Imperative of the International Philanthropic Community

By Edgar Villanueva, author of the book “Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance”   Whenever we are faced with a problem, there is a tendency to embark on paths for new solutions. We over-appreciate new research but underappreciated the lessons of history, passed down via oral traditions, storytelling and written documentation.…