The role of philanthropy in difficult times

In her WINGSForum 2014 presentation, Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, discusses the role of philanthropy in an ever changing world. “I believe that in terms of function, community philanthropy can be the antennae of the philanthropic world; and in terms of outcomes, it can be the source of social capital that can bridge the global and the local contexts, in addition to promoting solidarity within the local itself.”

WINGSForum 2014—Building Connected Global Philanthropy

Paula Jansco Fabiani of IDIS – Institute for the Development of Social Investment – describes WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks as “a great event to connect and reconnect people and to bring together information that is relevant to maximize the effectiveness of grantmaking.” Our flagship event, held in Istanbul in March, brought together more than 220 members and peers from around the world to network, share and discuss issues important to the sector.

WINGS Report: Infrastructure in Focus—A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

The new report, launched at WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks in Istanbul on 27 March, aims to enhance the knowledge of global philanthropy. Though we are diverse, we have a common platform through which to build and share many of the same values. We believe it is important to create a degree of commonality while encouraging the richness of diversity, build common understanding of terms within global and local contexts, and strengthen ownership of this knowledge-building by WINGS members.

New Report: Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India and Brazil

A new report by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities.

Vikki Spruill on transparency and the power of networks

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations and WINGS board member, gives her take on transparency in the sector, and looks ahead to WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks. “The more we collectively operate as a part of a holistic philanthropic network, the closer we will come to working together to create a just and globally prosperous society.”

Russia—historic growth in private giving

The global philanthropy community will honour the life and work of Olga Alexeeva at a special awards ceremony at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul on 27 March. Alexeeva’s unwavering dedication to philanthropy is shown in this essay on giving in Russia for Philanthropy Impact Magazine. “There are numerous challenges to this historic growth of private and corporate giving that Russia experiences today.”

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.

The UBS Philanthropy Compass

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau of UBS previews the UBS Philanthropy Compass, a new tool set to launch at WINGSForum 2014 that will help philanthropists become more impactful through a structured, personal approach. “UBS wants to play an important role in developing best practice in the philanthropy sector. It is in this spirit that we are sharing the Philanthropy Compass and hope that it can be a valuable resource.”

A global take on grantmaking

Grantmaking and grantmakers are at the root of the WINGS global network. For a special issue of Alliance magazine, we surveyed our network participants from every region around the world to better understand the views of membership associations and support organizations on the importance of grantmaking. WINGS’ Helena Monteiro and Ana Pinho report.

Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize ‘readers’ winner’ announced

Dhaval Udani, CEO of GiveIndia, was named Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize “readers’ winner” following a recent Alliance magazine online poll. In parallel with the poll, the winner of the 2014 Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize will be announced during a special awards ceremony at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul on 27 March. Click for the interview with Dhaval and a list of prize finalists.

Why grantmaking matters

WINGS Executive Director Helena Monteiro explains how grantmaking is being dismissed as an essential strategy to bring about social change, despite its ongoing importance, and looks forward to WINGSForum 2014 where emerging models and strategies of philanthropy will be discussed.

Istanbul—City of Intersections

This edition of Urban Age featuring Istanbul, Turkey, includes essays from local and international experts paired with extensive research on the social, economic and physical contours of the region’s major urban trends. From 27-29 March, diverse actors from the world of philanthropy will converge on Istanbul for WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks to discuss emerging trends and other issues important to the sector.

Philanthropy in Saudi Arabia—a new pattern emerging?

In this article from Alliance magazine, WINGS Chairman Atallah Kuttab and Natasha Matic (King Khalid Foundation) share new insights into the state of philanthropy in Saudi Arabia, including new efforts to remedy low-impact giving. “Annual philanthropic giving to causes within the country by individuals, foundations, corporations and the government ranks among the highest in the world, [which] suggests vibrant social development, but this is lacking.”

Helping Ukraine—what should donors and nonprofits do?

In this article from The Nonprofit Quarterly, Rick Cohen advises donors and nonprofits on how to engage amidst ongoing turmoil in the Ukraine. “Given the fluidity of the situation throughout the country, nonprofit aid interventions should be carefully thought out. Fundraisers should be careful about who they are raising money for, and for what.”

Angelina Jolie: “I will do the best I can with this life, to be of use.”

On Sunday, Oscar-winning actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie was acknowledged for her humanitarian work in a brief clip during the 86th Academy Awards. Jolie is a strong advocate for women and girls around the world, having donated $200,000 to the Malala Fund to promote women’s rights to education, among other contributions. “Women In Philanthropy” is one of six plenaries for WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks. Click to watch Jolie’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award acceptance speech.

Developing leaders by stepping aside

WINGSForum 2014 pre-conference workshops will give attendees an intensive, hands-on opportunity for developing essential tools and strategies. In this article from The Nonprofit Quarterly, Paul T. Hogan (Oishei Foundation) gives us a few words on how to structure expectations prior to the next big event.