Laurence Lien, former CEO of NVPC, on his latest venture, the Asia Philanthropy Circle. “We hope to mobilize philanthropists in Asia, for the purpose of learning, sharing, exchange and joint action.”
Because the state of cross-border giving is important to many of our members, today we are sharing the wider NPO coalition’s recently submitted comments on the draft FATF BPP, signed by more than 70 organizations, including important next steps your organization can take locally in the coming weeks.
Timothy Ogden (Sona Partners) comments on the state of impact investing in his recap of Council on Foundations’ annual conference. “It is the organizations that are still managing their corpus in-house, and therefore have a real chance of looking at their grantmaking, impact investing and fund management holistically, who are going to do the more interesting things and will push the field forward.”
Following a recent meeting in Beijing, we asked WINGS board members for their thoughts on philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region. “The implications of wider global developments around wealth generation and the digital era for grantmaking and social investment are challenging to predict for western economies, let alone for the Asian region, currently arguably the most dynamic in the world.”
WINGS chairman Atallah Kuttab reports on a recent meeting co-hosted by the China Foundation Centre in Beijing, explaining how Chinese foundations have continued to improve on a previous lack of transparency. “The China Foundation Centre has managed to increase the rate of data disclosure by foundations from less than 30 per cent in 2011 to more than 90 per cent in 2014.”
EVPA approached several of its members to talk about their failures, an exercise in transparency that led to a recent publication that marks a “maturing and increasingly courageous sector”. CEO Kurt Peleman shares why celebrating failures is so important. “We need to embrace failure as part of what we do.”
In this newly unlocked article from Alliance magazine, Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) and Barry Knight (CENTRIS) ask what role community philanthropy can play in development post-2015. Community foundation leaders in North America and Europe weigh in. “The post-2015 goals will apply universally, not just to developing countries, so this discussion is relevant everywhere.”
Karla Simon (ICCSL) reports for Alliance magazine: “While Chinese public security officials are wary of foreign charities, the academics point out that foreign charities such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation give great assistance in certain funding areas in China, such as health care.”
In this Alliance article from 2004, Andrew Milner sources organizations from around the world, putting into historical perspective the importance and evolution of philanthropy infrastructure. “Has the growth of this infrastructure kept pace with that of civil society? If not, what are its weaknesses? Alliance put these questions to a number civil society professionals in different regions and asked which elements had been important for the development of civil society in their part of the world.”
CF Insights was created in 2006 as a partnership between FSG and the Council on Foundations. Its initial vision was to help community foundations make more informed, effective decisions about their operation models. Today, the CF Insights network includes more than 150 US community foundations.
Making your content visually appealing and easy to find is important, but what about the “invisible” part — the numbers that tell the story of your website, and how that story fits into the big picture of global philanthropy?
Alliance magazine recently announced the launch of the Third Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize. The purpose of the prize is to encourage and highlight the work of a remarkable individual who has committed herself or himself to building philanthropy and demonstrating its value as a tool for achieving progressive social change in their country or region. Nominations will be accepted through February 2015.
In our latest interview with Paula Jancso Fabiani (IDIS), we learn how a comprehensive endowment fund law in Brazil will strengthen philanthropy infrastructure there, and what makes endowments “very important for sustainability in the future.”
Two new books from Lester Salamon, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, examine a significant revolution under way in social- and environmental-purpose financing, at the heart of which lies a massive explosion in the instruments and institutions being deployed to mobilize private resources.
If the philanthropic sector is to adapt and thrive, it must invest in developing the sector’s people and talent. The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, convened twenty foundation leaders from sixteen countries for a three-day symposium on “Talent Management for Innovative and Impactful Philanthropy in the 21st Century”. That conversation is reflected and broadened within the September 2014 edition of Alliance magazine. Chris Grygo reports.
The unburied dead, small change and the questionability of old men’s wisdom: on the eve of stepping down as executive director of TrustAfrica, an organization he founded some eight years ago, these are among the preoccupations of Akwasi Aidoo. Caroline Hartnell (Alliance magazine) talked to him and to his successor, Tendai Murisa, about how each sees the change and what lies ahead for African foundations.
WINGS member AFE held four focus group discussions from 19 to 22 August in the four largest Colombian cities: Bogota, Barranquilla, Cali and Medellin. The purpose was to reflect upon the challenges in private social investment and philanthropy. This is part of a wider study in Latin America covering Colombia, Brazil and Argentina that is being carried out by GIFE, CEMEFI, GDFA and AFE, with the support of AVINA Foundation and the Inter American Bank Foundation, and the active participation of WINGS. Atallah Kuttab (SAANED) and Maria Carolina Suarez (AFE) recently shared key impressions ahead of a more detailed report.
“Philanthropy can be the broker that brings disconnected parties and disparate entities together to create new bonds. Without the pressure of elections or markets, and by drawing on the insights and capacities of community foundations and global foundations, philanthropy has the potential to break down silos and connect local insights to global resources.” Rob Garris, Rockefeller Foundation
One of the best-attended sessions at the Council on Foundations conference this week was on foundation involvement in the global development agenda for the period 2015-30. The standing room only crowd was urged by panellists from the Hilton and Rockefeller Foundations, the Foundation Center and the World Bank to get involved both in the framing of the goals and in their execution over the coming decade and a half. Article by Peter Laugharn.
“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.”