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.