Eleanor Roosevelt and Data Post-2015

Brad Smith (Foundation Center) and Helena Monteiro (WINGS) led a recent session on data at the Ford Foundation that looked at how current projects like the Global Philanthropy Data Charter can help give an accurate picture of development progress. Angela Hariche, Foundation Center’s director of international data relations, reports.

Good data for greater impact

WINGS Knowledge Management Coordinator Ana Pinho explains the Global Philanthropy Data Charter and its ambitions in a recent blog for Markets for Good, a joint effort by the Gates Foundation and Liquidnet to improve data and information in the sector.

Spreading the charter’s wings

WINGS asked Tao Ze (Vice President at the China Foundation Center), Olga Evdokimova (Executive Director of Evolution & Philanthropy’s Moscow Branch) and Andre Degenszajn (Secretary-General of GIFE) to explain their motivations behind translating the Global Philanthropy Data Charter. WINGS: How can the Data Charter help your work with data? Tao Ze: On one hand, the Data…

Global Philanthropy Data Charter — not a document but a development process

This WINGSForum 2014 concurrent session introduced WINGS’ work in elaborating the Global Philanthropy Data Charter—a set of principles and a framework to improve the use of data. This first version came out of a meeting in Rio de Janeiro and three webinars involving more than 60 people. The findings were consolidated in a second meeting and will be reviewed next year.

The power of networks, locally and globally

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.”

Ben Carpenter—Global Value Exchange takes crowdsourcing to the next level

The SROI Network’s open source database empowers users by giving them a voice to share their experiences, allowing them to become the creators of knowledge. We caught up with Ben Carpenter, Information Researcher and Coordinator for Social Accountability at The SROI Network, to find out how WINGS members and other organizations around the world can use the tool to track and share the value of their work.

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.”

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.

Global Philanthropy Data Charter makes progress in Brussels

The Global Philanthropy Data Charter took another step forward when the European Foundation Centre hosted a consultation meeting in Brussels on 17th September. The meeting considered the draft charter and discussed several quandaries, including the difficulties of data standardisation in local contexts, privacy and confidentiality, and access to individual and aggregated data. Participants welcomed the…

Global data for better philanthropy

As we move from an industrial to an information age, data is becoming a key to success across all sectors in society. The collection, organisation and use of data can unlock a myriad of possibilities, strengthen strategies and ultimately improve outcomes. Using data smartly can be an effective tool to tackle issues recurrently faced by the philanthropic sector, such as resource allocation, needs assessment, impact and evaluation. Using data however is not as simple as it may look. Turning it into reliable, comparable and accessible information can be a lengthy and costly process. Article by Ana Pinho and Patrick Collins.

The Globalisation of Private Social Investment—Interview with Helena Monteiro

Founded in late 1990, WINGS was born as an offshoot of lively discussions on the place and future of social investment in the world, which took place in international meetings in which the Group of Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises (GIFE), an association of private social investors in Brazil, played a leading role. Headquartered in São Paulo since 2011, WINGS is in a privileged position to speak about the state of the art of their field of action. That’s what the following interview is about, conducted by the Institute C&A’s website with the executive director of WINGS, Helena Monteiro.