Community foundations and the associations and organisations that support them around the world have long been a focus of WINGS.
Roughly half of the WINGS network is involved in Community Philanthropy. A part of the overall WINGS network, WINGS-CF includes organisations supporting the development and work of community foundations in different areas of the world.
Some of these organisations first came together in 1998 in Miami Beach, USA, the report for which proved to be a useful and popular resource around the globe. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (US) provided support to update that report and in April 2000 a new report, "Building the Worldwide Community Foundation Movement", was published.
The WINGS-CF network came together in Ottawa, Canada, in May 2000 and agreed to a set of priorities and activities for the period between 2000 and 2002. The WINGS-CF Secretariat was hosted by Community Foundations of Canada between 2000 and 2002, and in 2003 rotated to the European Foundation Centre (Belgium), another participant in the WINGS and WINGS-CF networks.
In 2006, WINGS participated in a joint initiative with the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to set up the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF), a three-year pilot project intended as a means of supporting the development of community foundations in transitioning and developing countries. The GFCF has been an independent entity since 2009.
In an interview with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in 2012, WINGS Executive Director Helena Monteiro said:
When we look at the big issues—hunger, environment, migrations, sustainable development, food security, peace and security, health and education, and democracy building—we see that these issues are growing in the level of concern expressed by NGOs. These had been seen as regional concerns, but now are seen as interconnected. We're seeing an advanced understanding of social welfare and well-being.