Giving circles in Asia are an important and timely development in Asian philanthropy, but they are dispersed and unconnected across a vast geographical region. A new project will set the stage for a network of circles to collaborate on solutions to the region’s complex social issues.
Shelagh Gastrow (Inyathelo) reflects on how community and re-granting foundations in the Southern African region uplift communities that often cannot otherwise access regular donations. “Africa offers a swathe of giving practices based on indigenous giving cultures through to sophisticated strategic philanthropy.”
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.
As a follow up to our Local Cultures of Giving Peer Learning Event in Johannesburg, Shelagh Gastrow (Inyathelo) has compiled a list of resources on philanthropy in Africa — now included in the downloadable PLE report.
WINGS, in partnership with Southern Africa Trust and Southern Africa Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum, hosted a Peer Learning Event (PLE) on local cultures of giving in Johannesburg in November. The main purpose of the event was to bring awareness of the need to reveal trends and document stories, old and new, from all regions in the effort of creating a truly global philanthropy enriched with diversity. To expand the scope of the PLE, WINGS is hosting a new members-only Local Cultures of Giving forum online.