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…

Reflections on a crisis: a call for introspection, change and transformation for the global philanthropy and giving community

By Benjamin Bellegy, WINGS Executive Director   At the time of writing this note, more than half the human population is under lock-down and a huge proportion of all human activities have halted, generating a deafening silence and propelling humanity into the unknown, placing strain on the global economy and raising deep doubts about our…

Spotlight on 2020 New Members

The WINGS Network is made up of over 150 philanthropy support organizations from 50+ countries, and is growing every year. See some of the organizations that joined for 2020 below, and get to know your network. Check out our map to see which countries WINGS members are based in. From WINGS, a warm welcome to…

Hindsight is always 20/20…

by Filiz Bikmen, founder and advisor at Constellations for Change, and the Founding Director of Esas Sosyal, in Turkey. Author of WINGS recent Philanthropy Networks: Creating Voice, Value and Collective Impact. This is a proverb, (idiomatic) which means: In hindsight things are obvious that were not obvious from the outset.[1].In this blog, I’m sharing some…

“We need all hands on deck!” The world is changing dramatically, and foundations play a key role in the transformations ahead

By Stefan Schurig, Secretary-General of the Foundations-20 Platform   It was one of those – indeed – unforgettable speeches at the General Assembly in New York, September 2019. The room was packed with more than 200 presidents, heads of states, policy experts, people from the financial sector and civil society representatives. And yet, one couldn’t…

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.…