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WINGS Network Monthly Update – April

News An Interview with Avila Kilmurray Interested in how you can encourage your organization, and those around you, to practice philanthropy with a deeper impact? Are organizations in your network struggling to make grantmaking decisions that engage with the root cause of the injustice they are trying to address? PSJP just published Grantmaking for Social…

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.

David Cutler reports from WINGSForum

“The fact that the Forum was held in Istanbul was a powerful reminder that foundations are part of civil society rather than standing aloof from it. The notorious decision of the Turkish president to ban tweeting made tweeters of the most Luddite of us, to make clear that we don’t like being banned even from those freedoms that ordinarily we don’t value very much, such as speaking truth to power in 140 characters or fewer.”

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.”

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.”

Taking risks on informal giving and collective citizen action and networks

Heba Abou Shnief, Research Advisor for the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, considers a growing movement towards community-inspired solutions. “Looking back at the Arab transitions, there are lessons to be learned by institutionalised grantmaking, where social movements and innovative solutions to crises and pressing social problems did not happen in the institutionalised sector, but rather did so in the informal space.”

The role of philanthropy in difficult times—a response from Sri Lanka

Ambika Satkunanathan (Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust) responds to Avila Kilmurray’s WINGSForum 2014 presentation, The Role of Philanthropy in Difficult Times. “As the only indigenous philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting social justice and peace initiatives in Sri Lanka, NTT has occupied a position that while being unique has also required us to deal with a number of challenges.”

Better knowledge of giving promotes a culture of transparency

Esther Tan, assistant director for NVPC, makes the case for foundations to contribute their data for public good. “Data as a public good brings many benefits to the civic sector, according to proponents of open data; it promotes transparency, enhances visibility of the sector’s work, and gives a clearer picture of foundations’ work and how it fits into the existing philanthropic development landscape.”

21st century philanthropy—attracting and nurturing the very best people

Agata Tomaszewska, project coordinator for the Polish Donors Forum, looks at philanthropy recruitment following a concurrent session on talent management at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul. “I agree that from all assets, people matter the most. But I know how we in fact pay little attention to people in our everyday work. Foundations and grantmaking are about money. However, it’s high time to start realising that it’s not all about this.”

Interview with Joan Spero, author, ‘philanthropy in BRIC countries’

The Foundation Center’s PhilanTopic blog caught up with Joan Spero, author of a new report that looks at philanthropy in the BRIC countries, to get her take on the spread of Western-style philanthropy to other parts of the globe. Written and researched in collaboration with WINGS, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces that are shaping giving in the BRICs and examines the growth of the philanthropic sector in each of the four countries.

Are grantmaker associations improving social good?

Christen Dobson, program director for International Human Rights Funders Group, asks grantmaker associations if they are acting in line with their missions. “Many associations aim to support progressive social change, yet how have we contributed to addressing the most acute problems plaguing our societies? How have we contributed to creating a more just and equitable world?”

More than the sum of our parts

Chandrika Sahai, network coordinator for the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, asks how foundations can collectively ensure transformational impact in the sector, bringing attention to the critical role associations play in building trust and driving innovation. “I’m hoping that, through WINGS, discussions about a network approach in philanthropy will include the role of associations as leaders of innovation, and as the glue that binds the field together.”

Why plumbing matters—introducing the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy

Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) unveils the recently-established collaborative aimed at advancing the practice of community philanthropy worldwide. “We will be drawing on our experiences of using our grantmaking to develop an evidence base for the global community philanthropy field, drawn from a diversity of circumstances, institutions and contexts. There is certainly a need for some radical new thinking about what the future architecture for civil society funding might look like.”

Winner, Second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

He Daofeng, executive president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and chair of the China Foundation Center, was chosen as the winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize on 27 March at WINGSForum in Istanbul. Following the announcement, Doafeng talked to Alliance magazine’s Caroline Hartnell about philanthropy in China and his own role in its development.