Alina Porumb – Olga Alexeeva Prize Winner

The 3rd award ceremony for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize took place during the 2nd Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum in November in Beijing, China. Alina Porumb, prize winner, is strategic philanthropy programme director with Romania’s Association for Community Relations (ARC). The core of her work in the last ten years has been helping to create an active community foundations movement in Romania, offering a model of self-reliance and mutual support to communities at a time when they were accustomed to look outside for resources and assistance.

Global perspectives on Asia-Pacific philanthropy

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.”

Insights from a meeting with Chinese foundations

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.”

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.

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.