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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.
This month marks the end of Caroline Hartnell’s tenure at Alliance magazine, and it brings us great pleasure to highlight her outstanding contributions to WINGS and to the field of philanthropy with a few words from our members and partners.
For the latest annual CIVICUS report on the state of civil society, Adam Pickering (Charities Aid Foundation) compares positive and negative trends in global giving following the latest World Giving Index. “In the same way that democracy has value to society above and beyond the policies of the governments it elects, civil society should be about more than the outputs it produces.”
A recent CAF Southern Africa report on giving in South Africa’s most populous province carries a clear message to the nation: “I believe I can make a difference in both the present and the future for my fellow citizens, my community and my country”.
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.”
IDIS reports on the 3rd Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in São Paulo, where innovation help set the tone, and an intense and well diversified programme pointed out the “bold face of private social investment in Brazil and the world, along with inspiring philanthropists’ stories”.
Jane Arnott (CAF) shares key findings from the recently published 2014 World Giving Index, which illustrates fluctuations in global giving in recent years. Arnott notes that “although the desire to give in support of others crosses cultural differences, government incentives to give and public trust in civil society vary hugely between nations”.
“Civil society is the vehicle by which citizens can represent themselves, either by forming organisations, participating in campaigns, donating money or volunteering. It offers an opportunity for grass-roots movements to grow and provides a constructive channel for social tensions to be turned into reasoned and targeted dialogue with government. The leaders in Egypt have repeatedly failed to recognise that the campaigning of not-for-profits plays an important role as a pressure gauge that can release dissent in a manageable way.” Article by Adam Pickering.
In the latest in a series on charity and philanthropy in BRIC countries, Maria Chertok (CAF Russia) reports on current trends. “Russian society traditionally has been suspicious of people with wealth, and that fact has direct implications for the foundations that have been set up by the so-called oligarchs mentioned in Joan Spero’s report.”
Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America) and TRUiST, Inc. have announced a partnership that will expand CAF America’s offerings to include an employee giving component and will enhance TRUiST’s ability to disburse donations to an international network of charities.
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.”
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.”
This month we explore one of six plenaries for WINGSForum—women in philanthropy. We look at regional cross border trade, philanthropy during national transitions, and the impact of women’s rights movements, along with new articles from Barbara Ibrahim, Ruth Jones, and CAF’s Adam Pickering. We also take a special look at gender and agency in Africa…
Since 2008 the proportion of Indian citizens giving money to charity has increased by 14%: India now has more people (244 million) regularly donating to charity than any other country on earth. According to the 2013 World Giving Index, many developing nations are seeing huge increases in the proportion of people engaging in charitable giving. Regional Highlights is one of four programme tracks for concurrent sessions for WINGS Forum 2014: The Power of Networks.
Nelson Mandela stood for equality and justice and honor, and by example showed us the power of humility and forgiveness. We should honor him, now and always, by continuing his life’s work through increased empathy, collaboration and peacebuilding throughout the world.
We’re happy to report that several organisations in the network are helping to facilitate Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts. WINGS network participant Give2Asia has opened the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund and is working in the field to help with relief, and WINGS member Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is encouraging CAF America Fund Holders to donate online…
The Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of nearly 1,800 donors and social investors, has held its 2013 conference in the middle of April in San Francisco. The event focused on debating ongoing issues like hunger, disease, joblessness and slavery, and how the digital revolution allows philanthropy to target its interventions with greater precision and innovate more than ever. Article by Paula Jancso Fabiani.
It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the first winners of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize: Jane Weru and Kingsley Mucheke of the Akiba Mashinani Trust, Kenya.
Brazil has experienced significant wealth growth in the last two decades, and has now reached the status of the 7th largest economy in the world, with the 11th largest number of millionaires (according to the World Wealth Report). Article by Paula Jancso Fabiani.