Interview with Joan Spero, author, ‘philanthropy in BRIC countries’

The Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog caught up with Joan Spero, author of a new report that looks at philanthropy in the BRIC countries, to get her take on the spread of Western-style philanthropy to other parts of the globe. Written and researched in collaboration with WINGS, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces that are shaping giving in the BRICs and examines the growth of the philanthropic sector in each of the four countries.

Jeff Falkenstein—philanthropy taxonomy needs your help

The Foundation Center is inviting the sector to give feedback on proposed changes to its Philanthropy Classification System by 23rd May. In our latest interview Jeff Falkenstein, the Center’s Vice President for Data Architecture, explains why an extensive taxonomy is good for the sector, and how developing global partnerships is key. “We have a lot to learn from our global partners, who each bring a valuable perspective that will help improve communication, collaboration, and knowledge generation about global philanthropy.”

Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

Ezra Mbogori of the African Grantmakers Network saw PtP as providing an ‘important’ opportunity to free African civil society organizations from sole dependence on external funding and create meaningful, local sources of revenue. Jenny Hodgson of the Global Fund for Community Foundations echoed this observation and agreed that there are important possibilities to use the PtP concept to buttress a number of promising but still struggling community foundations in the South. Article by Lester Salamon.

Emerging Societies Emerging Philanthropies International Forum: So much in common with each other

“An example of common challenges is the fact that in Russia, China, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia entities focused on promoting private philanthropy have been created in recent years. Some examples are IDIS in Brazil, Filantropia Transformadora in Colombia, the South African Institute for Advancement, the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) and the Chinese Foundation Center. All of these initiatives surfaced independently, without a common nexus, and yet these entities face very similar challenges and opportunities.” Article by Luis G Gallo.

New WINGS member—China Foundation Center (CFC)

We’re happy to welcome new WINGS member, China Foundation Center (CFC). CFC is the world’s leading source of China foundation information for shareholders in social sector. The Center combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in media, corporate responsibility, research institute, foundations, government and donors, powered by the world’s most comprehensive Chinese foundation database.