Maria Chertok (CAF) will take the role of WINGS Chairperson in January 2016, succeeding Dr. Atallah Kuttab of SAANED. We asked them to reflect on the evolution of WINGS and to share what’s in store for the network.
In this recap of WINGSForum 2014, Jane Mayer of WINGS reflects on how collaboration and diversity contributed to a successful event, and we share for the first time our comprehensive conference evaluation.
Beulah Fredericks of SACGLF shares grantmaking lessons in a “network” context, from this year’s WINGSForum in Istanbul. “Ownership and sustainability, critical components in the DNA of grantmaking, are being embraced with longevity beyond funding and the grant cycle. Although grantmaking is not easily understood, it remains an important tool.”
“The fact that the Forum was held in Istanbul was a powerful reminder that foundations are part of civil society rather than standing aloof from it. The notorious decision of the Turkish president to ban tweeting made tweeters of the most Luddite of us, to make clear that we don’t like being banned even from those freedoms that ordinarily we don’t value very much, such as speaking truth to power in 140 characters or fewer.”
Fiona Budd, business development manager for Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, looks back at WINGSForum in Istanbul. “CAF is the oldest member organization of WINGS, and it is rare to have an opportunity to connect with those whose work is so connected to my own.”
In our latest WINGSForum 2014 reaction piece, Ansis Bērziņš of the Community Foundation Movement in Latvia emphasises the role of data in strengthening community identity. “Reliable data is a tool that explains what philanthropy is, what grantmakers do, and how these concepts can contribute to local communities. Data can and does show that we are not alone.”
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.”