Legislate, and all will be right with CSI — or will it?

A new report from Halima Mahomed raises the issue that while legislation may help to incentivize Corporate Social Investment, the mere presence of regulation alone is not enough. “For CSI regulation to have an effect on impact it needs to be grounded in intensive consultation that caters to the needs and goals of the civil society sector it envisions supporting, as well as the motivations of the corporate sector it aims to influence.”

Talent for more innovative, more impactful philanthropy

If the philanthropic sector is to adapt and thrive, it must invest in developing the sector’s people and talent. The Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, convened twenty foundation leaders from sixteen countries for a three-day symposium on “Talent Management for Innovative and Impactful Philanthropy in the 21st Century”. That conversation is reflected and broadened within the September 2014 edition of Alliance magazine. Chris Grygo reports.

Maxwell Young — resilience is in many ways “a grass roots project”

The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic and physical challenges they face in an increasingly urbanized world. We asked the program’s communications director, Maxwell Young, to explain how local communities can lead this multi-year effort to build urban resilience worldwide, and how cities can use the initiative to think of themselves as part of a growing global network.

Philanthropy, the Post-2015 agenda, and diffuse collaboration

In joining the push for meaningful Sustainable Development Goals, foundations need to prepare for a long-term give-and-take approach. In her latest for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Heather Grady (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) points to challenges for collaboration on global development goals, adding that now is the time for interested parties to join the fold. “If you want to try new approaches to collaboration on the Sustainable Development Goals and put diffuse reciprocity in action by putting some skin in the game, get in touch as our circle widens.”

Philanthropy must engage critical challenges facing the public

“Philanthropy can be the broker that brings disconnected parties and disparate entities together to create new bonds. Without the pressure of elections or markets, and by drawing on the insights and capacities of community foundations and global foundations, philanthropy has the potential to break down silos and connect local insights to global resources.” Rob Garris, Rockefeller Foundation

How networking leads to powerful results

Lourdes Sanz-Moguel of CEMEFI reflects on WINGSForum 2014 and the importance of communicating the benefits of networking. “Understanding the network and its power is especially important for WINGS members that are membership associations, because it provides a set of insights they can pass down to their own membership, in order to continue the work and inspire new levels of commitment.”

New Report: Of Narratives, Networks and New Spaces

Halima Mahomed (TrustAfrica, PSJP) presents her new report—Of Narratives, Networks and New Spaces: A Baseline Mapping of the African Philanthropy Infrastructure Sector. “Poor visibility of the sector and the limitations of existing frameworks in reflecting adequately its value, role and impact have been cited as important issues, as is the necessity of developing strong communications strategies to help profile and build awareness of the work.”

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013, Hamba kahle Madiba

Nelson Mandela stood for equality and justice and honor, and by example showed us the power of humility and forgiveness. We should honor him, now and always, by continuing his life’s work through increased empathy, collaboration and peacebuilding throughout the world.

A Lesson In Astronomy—Why Post 2015 could be an opportunity to rethink the Milky Way

What makes for the success of a side event to the UN General Assembly, at a time when world leaders are discussing the contours of a new development framework and are expected to sign an “outcome document” on post-2015? What do we, as representatives of the philanthropic sector, want out of this important event: high level attendance? Stimulating discussions? A sense that key challenges are being unfolded and dissected to help us walk the talk? Surely, all of the above would be good. Yet, this time, my metrics for success will be linked to our ability to redefine the way we look at the Milky Way of development. Article by Bathylle Missika

Global Development After 2015: Agenda

On Friday 27 September in New York, WINGS will join the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, OECD netFWD and the European Foundation Centre in a conversation on how civil society and foundations can influence the next global development agenda and spur coordinated action to advance new goals. See the agenda here.

Live from the Social Good Summit

The Rockefeller Foundation is honored to participate in the fourth annual Social Good Summit—a unique convening of world leaders, technology pioneers and grassroots innovators—to explore how today’s use of digital technology for social good can build a better future.

A critical scan of four key topics for the sector

Identifying emerging opportunities to address wicked problem spaces was the goal of a joint research effort between the Strategic Research team at The Rockefeller Foundation and Accenture Development Partnerships. The Foundation is inviting input from organisations who use scanning to locate intervention opportunities.

Millennium Development Goals—Take stock, scale up, reach out

A Special Policy Dialogue hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the sector to brainstorm new ideas for advancing global development beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 target date. It was clear during the one-day meeting how much work is left to do to achieve these goals, yet a general sense of optimism characterised the exchange—this in the face of limited resources and a seemingly unsurmountable store of global data. Article by Chris de la Torre.