How networking leads to powerful results

Lourdes Sanz-Moguel of CEMEFI reflects on WINGSForum 2014 and the importance of communicating the benefits of networking. “Understanding the network and its power is especially important for WINGS members that are membership associations, because it provides a set of insights they can pass down to their own membership, in order to continue the work and inspire new levels of commitment.”

Taking risks on informal giving and collective citizen action and networks

Heba Abou Shnief, Research Advisor for the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, considers a growing movement towards community-inspired solutions. “Looking back at the Arab transitions, there are lessons to be learned by institutionalised grantmaking, where social movements and innovative solutions to crises and pressing social problems did not happen in the institutionalised sector, but rather did so in the informal space.”

The role of philanthropy in difficult times—a response from Sri Lanka

Ambika Satkunanathan (Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust) responds to Avila Kilmurray’s WINGSForum 2014 presentation, The Role of Philanthropy in Difficult Times. “As the only indigenous philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting social justice and peace initiatives in Sri Lanka, NTT has occupied a position that while being unique has also required us to deal with a number of challenges.”

Better knowledge of giving promotes a culture of transparency

Esther Tan, assistant director for NVPC, makes the case for foundations to contribute their data for public good. “Data as a public good brings many benefits to the civic sector, according to proponents of open data; it promotes transparency, enhances visibility of the sector’s work, and gives a clearer picture of foundations’ work and how it fits into the existing philanthropic development landscape.”

21st century philanthropy—attracting and nurturing the very best people

Agata Tomaszewska, project coordinator for the Polish Donors Forum, looks at philanthropy recruitment following a concurrent session on talent management at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul. “I agree that from all assets, people matter the most. But I know how we in fact pay little attention to people in our everyday work. Foundations and grantmaking are about money. However, it’s high time to start realising that it’s not all about this.”

Are grantmaker associations improving social good?

Christen Dobson, program director for International Human Rights Funders Group, asks grantmaker associations if they are acting in line with their missions. “Many associations aim to support progressive social change, yet how have we contributed to addressing the most acute problems plaguing our societies? How have we contributed to creating a more just and equitable world?”

More than the sum of our parts

Chandrika Sahai, network coordinator for the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, asks how foundations can collectively ensure transformational impact in the sector, bringing attention to the critical role associations play in building trust and driving innovation. “I’m hoping that, through WINGS, discussions about a network approach in philanthropy will include the role of associations as leaders of innovation, and as the glue that binds the field together.”

Winner, Second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

He Daofeng, executive president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and chair of the China Foundation Center, was chosen as the winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize on 27 March at WINGSForum in Istanbul. Following the announcement, Doafeng talked to Alliance magazine’s Caroline Hartnell about philanthropy in China and his own role in its development.

The role of philanthropy in difficult times

In her WINGSForum 2014 presentation, Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, discusses the role of philanthropy in an ever changing world. “I believe that in terms of function, community philanthropy can be the antennae of the philanthropic world; and in terms of outcomes, it can be the source of social capital that can bridge the global and the local contexts, in addition to promoting solidarity within the local itself.”

WINGSForum 2014—Building Connected Global Philanthropy

Paula Jansco Fabiani of IDIS – Institute for the Development of Social Investment – describes WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks as “a great event to connect and reconnect people and to bring together information that is relevant to maximize the effectiveness of grantmaking.” Our flagship event, held in Istanbul in March, brought together more than 220 members and peers from around the world to network, share and discuss issues important to the sector.

WINGS Report: Infrastructure in Focus—A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

The new report, launched at WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks in Istanbul on 27 March, aims to enhance the knowledge of global philanthropy. Though we are diverse, we have a common platform through which to build and share many of the same values. We believe it is important to create a degree of commonality while encouraging the richness of diversity, build common understanding of terms within global and local contexts, and strengthen ownership of this knowledge-building by WINGS members.

New Report: Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India and Brazil

A new report by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities.

Vikki Spruill on transparency and the power of networks

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations and WINGS board member, gives her take on transparency in the sector, and looks ahead to WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks. “The more we collectively operate as a part of a holistic philanthropic network, the closer we will come to working together to create a just and globally prosperous society.”

Russia—historic growth in private giving

The global philanthropy community will honour the life and work of Olga Alexeeva at a special awards ceremony at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul on 27 March. Alexeeva’s unwavering dedication to philanthropy is shown in this essay on giving in Russia for Philanthropy Impact Magazine. “There are numerous challenges to this historic growth of private and corporate giving that Russia experiences today.”

Tao Ze—setting a new standard for foundations in China

For our latest interview in the Road To Istanbul series, we asked China Foundation Center Vice President Tao Ze to explain the importance of the CFC Foundation Transparency Index, a comprehensive tool that ranks more than 2,700 Chinese foundations against a checklist of 47 transparency indicators. WINGS will launch its new report, Infrastructure In Focus: A Global Picture of Organisations Serving Philanthropy, at WINGSForum in Istanbul next week.

The UBS Philanthropy Compass

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau of UBS previews the UBS Philanthropy Compass, a new tool set to launch at WINGSForum 2014 that will help philanthropists become more impactful through a structured, personal approach. “UBS wants to play an important role in developing best practice in the philanthropy sector. It is in this spirit that we are sharing the Philanthropy Compass and hope that it can be a valuable resource.”

A global take on grantmaking

Grantmaking and grantmakers are at the root of the WINGS global network. For a special issue of Alliance magazine, we surveyed our network participants from every region around the world to better understand the views of membership associations and support organizations on the importance of grantmaking. WINGS’ Helena Monteiro and Ana Pinho report.

Why grantmaking matters

WINGS Executive Director Helena Monteiro explains how grantmaking is being dismissed as an essential strategy to bring about social change, despite its ongoing importance, and looks forward to WINGSForum 2014 where emerging models and strategies of philanthropy will be discussed.

Istanbul—City of Intersections

This edition of Urban Age featuring Istanbul, Turkey, includes essays from local and international experts paired with extensive research on the social, economic and physical contours of the region’s major urban trends. From 27-29 March, diverse actors from the world of philanthropy will converge on Istanbul for WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks to discuss emerging trends and other issues important to the sector.