Climate change, disasters, and what philanthropy can do

By Ayesha Marfatia The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reminded us that ‘universal challenges’ are experienced differently, based on context. The varying demographics, systems, and administrative structures in each nation have resulted in distinctive experiences and challenges while grappling with the fallout from the crisis. Within countries too, the experience is not homogeneous—people and…

(Re) Imagining WINGSForum

By Maurice Makoloo, East Africa Director at Ford Foundation and Chair of WINGSForum 2020, Stigmata Tenga, Executive Director of WINGSForum co-host the Africa Philanthropy Network, and Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director of WINGS.   In his novel “Things Fall Apart”, renowned African writer Chinua Achebe tells the story of Eneke the bird which said that because…

European policy responses for philanthropy and civil society: How are governments reacting in the light of the COVID-19 crisis?

By Michael Mapstone, Director of International, CAF It is vital that governments recognise and value the crucial role of civil society and philanthropy in the immediate response to the Coronavirus crisis and for the rebuilding efforts that will be needed. Currently, governments are responding to the crisis in various ways, on the national and EU-level,…

Philanthropic landscape of Nepal

By Rewati Raman Dhakal, Founder and CEO, Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development (NCPD) Synopsis of the Philanthropic Landscape of Nepal: Individuals, foundations, private sectors, Diasporas and I/NGOs are actively engaging in philanthropy in Nepal. However, the efforts are not adequate to subdue the serious problems caused by the decade-long arms conflict, earthquake, COVID 19…

Local Action for Global Good – why and how to embrace the SDGs

By Dr. James Magowan, Co-ordinating Director, European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) The Covid-19 pandemic has served to highlight global connectedness and interdependence while also demonstrating through lockdowns the significance of local action. As the crisis unfolded it exposed deep-rooted inequalities that exist in societies around the globe, heightened awareness about the fragility of global systems,…

Why should non-profit organisations know the basics of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT)?

By Gabriela Pellón, Expert in AML/CFT matters certified by GAFILAT & Member of the Expert Hub of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF*. Has your organisation experienced difficulties in receiving or sending charitable funds through banking institutions? Do banks require extensive and thorough documentation of the donations your organisation manages? Is your entity required to…

¿Porqué las entidades sin fines de lucro deben manejar nociones esenciales sobre prevención de lavado de activos y contra el financiamiento de terrorismo (PLA/CFT)?

Por Gabriela PellónExperta en temas de PLA/CFT certificada por GAFILAT & Miembro del Núcleo de Expertos de la Global NPO Coalition on FATF* ¿Su organización experimentó dificultades para recibir o enviar fondos caritativos a través de instituciones bancarias? ¿Le piden los bancos abundante y rigurosa documentación de respaldo sobre las donaciones que gestiona su entidad?…

Philanthropy also needs ventilators

By Fábio Deboni, Executive Manager at Instituto Sabin This blog piece has been originally posted in Portuguese here. Watching from our computer screens during the quarantine, philanthropy players are overcoming barriers and communicating with a lot of ease, exchange networks are being created, solidarity-based billion-dollar brands are being mobilized. And a clear common purpose to help…

Fit for the Future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis? Part 1 / Lysa John (CIVICUS)

Perspectives on investing in civil society, philanthropic and technical infrastructure.   Civil society – both in its more and less institutionalized forms – has organised extensively to respond to the health, humanitarian and governance challenges unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our space to do so varies hugely thanks to the diverse regulatory, reputational, philanthropic, and technical…

Fit for the Future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis? – Part 2 / Benjamin Bellegy (WINGS)

Perspectives on investing in civil society, philanthropic and technical infrastructure.  Civil society – both in its more and less institutionalized forms – has organised extensively to respond to the health, humanitarian and governance challenges unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our space to do so varies hugely thanks to the diverse regulatory, reputational, philanthropic, and technical…

Fit for the Future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis? – Part 3 / Chris Worman (TechSoup)

Perspectives on investing in civil society, philanthropic and technical infrastructure.  Civil society – both in its more and less institutionalized forms – has organised extensively to respond to the health, humanitarian and governance challenges unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our space to do so varies hugely thanks to the diverse regulatory, reputational, philanthropic, and technical…

Fit for the Future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis? – Full Piece

Perspectives on investing in civil society, philanthropic and technical infrastructure.   Civil society – both in its more and less institutionalized forms – has organised extensively to respond to the health, humanitarian, and governance challenges unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our space to do so varies hugely thanks to the diverse regulatory, reputational, philanthropic, and technical…

We are all disaster philanthropists now

By Chris Worman, Vice President at TechSoup   In late January, before COVID-19 dominated our newsfeeds and dictated our daily lives, Regine Webster, Vice President at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, authored a blog post titled ‘Raise Your Hand if You are Disaster Philanthropist.’ With her years of experience in disaster philanthropy, Regine is worth…

WINGS member survey on the response to Covid-19 crisis

WINGS surveyed its members’ CEO/senior leaders to find out how the crisis has impacted them, what measures they are taking, their initiatives in response and what type of priorities they place at the global level for the philanthropy sector.   The survey provides an insight into what our members are doing, how they are working with…

PtP: A Promising New Route to Creating Endowed Charitable Foundations

By Lester M. Salamon, Johns Hopkins University   Energetic efforts are being made at the present time to promote the development of community foundations or other community-based philanthropic institutions in less-developed and transition regions around the world. A crucial barrier to the success of these initiatives, however, is the general lack of capital to underwrite…

5 Key Tips to Harness Collective Philanthropic Impact in Asia

By Naina Subberwal Batra, AVPN CEO   Whether I am speaking with a small social purpose organisation just embarking on its impact journey or leaders of long-established foundations, we always circle back to the same conundrum: how do we allocate limited resources, like philanthropic capital, most effectively so that we do not compromise on one…