Infrastructure 2.0: The Future of Philanthropic Impact

Infrastructure 2.0: The Future of Philanthropic Impact

  By Larry McGill, Vice President for Knowledge Services, Foundation Center   In “What makes a strong ecosystem of support to philanthropy?” Barry Knight has written a vitally important paper that illuminates one of the most important challenges facing philanthropy today – its lethargy in coming to the realization that it is part of an…

IHRFG launches new donor working group and releases new research on the state of human rights grantmaking

The formation of IHRFG’s new International Grants Operations Working Group was introduced at a recent workshop in Berlin. The new initiative aims to bridge the gap between operations teams and programmatic staff navigating cross-border funding restrictions. Meanwhile, new research on the state of human rights grantmaking builds on previous reports to analyze funding flows for human rights by region, issue area, and population.

Philanthropy’s Difficult Dance With Inequality

Brad Smith (Foundation Center): “Inequality is an inescapable fact of our world: while extreme poverty in many regions of the globe may be declining, recent research suggests that the gap between rich and poor is fast becoming a growing threat to peace, economic prosperity, the environment, public health, democracy and just about any other major challenge you can name. Indeed, one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals developed by seventy nations (with the direct participation of 7.5 million people around the world) is to ‘reduce inequality within and among nations.’ So, why don’t more foundations embrace the term?”

New African Giving Knowledge Base from TrustAfrica

This ongoing collaboration between TrustAfrica and IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, will enable a better understanding of the nature of giving in Africa, encourage more widespread and cross-sectoral analysis of the gaps in our knowledge, and serve as a platform from which to develop new knowledge and as a basis for refining and adding to the discourse on African giving.

Jake Garcia — Explore funding with ‘Foundation Maps’

Foundation Center’s new tool, Foundation Maps, uncovers more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion made by over 33,000 foundations to nearly 300,000 recipients worldwide. We asked Jake Garcia, Foundation Center’s vice president for data and technology, to share how WINGS members can use Foundation Maps to access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact.