WINGSForum is a premier event in the global philanthropy community.
Focused on identifying and developing new innovations in the sector, WINGSForum was designed as a peer learning experience where philanthropy leaders could share practical lessons and inspiration from their work.
By thinking of new ways to scale up innovative solutions, grantmaker associations have a special role in helping philanthropy become more effective. To this day, the event is regarded by participants as a valuable opportunity for professional development, relationship building and knowledge sharing.
Istanbul, Turkey | 27-29 March 2014
WINGSForum 2014 will take place at the world-class Point Hotel Barbados in Istanbul, Turkey. The hotel combines contemporary art with technology to create a stimulating and engaging atmosphere for guests, offering three restaurants, as well as an onsite historical Turkish library and art museum. Visit the Point Hotel online »
We're excited to announce that Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) has been selected to co-host WINGSForum 2014. TUSEV was established in 1993 by Turkey’s leading CSOs, and since has grown to a supporting network of more than 100 associations and foundations that share a vision of strengthening the legal, fiscal and operational infrastructure of the third (non-profit) sector in Turkey. Visit TUSEV online »
Watch this space for 2014 program and registration updates, and see below for a running history of WINGSForum, beginning with the 1998 IMAG event that started it all.
WINGSForum 1998 (originally named IMAG) took place at the International Meeting of Associations Serving Grantmakers (IMAG) in Oaxaca, Mexico. From the IMAG report:
The initiative for an international meeting of associations serving grantmakers came from the International Committee of the Council on Foundations. The meeting became reality after two years of planning by a 13-person committee representing various associations serving grantmakers from around the globe. This historic meeting was designed to open a dialogue among associations whose mandate focuses either entirely, or at least in part, on serving and supporting grantmakers and foundation-like organizations. It explored how these associations can increase their capacity to serve their grantmaking members and through them to strengthen the nonprofit sector around the world.
WINGSForum 2002 (originally planned as IMAG II) was held from 10-13 March 2002 in Sydney, Australia. Following the WINGS mandate to "support groups serving grantmakers, ensuring they do not work in isolation", the 2002 forum was designed to give delegates the chance to exchange ideas and experiences face to face.
WINGSForum 2006 was held from 16-18 November in Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok event attracted 50% more participants than its predecessor in Sydney, and included extensive satellite meetings which focused on the promotion, development and support of community foundations and corporate giving.
WINGSForum 2010 was held from 18-20 November 2010 at Lake Como, Italy, and hosted by Associazione Italiana Fondazioni ed Enti di Erogazione (Assifero) and Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio Spa (ACRI).
During the forum, primary topics included improving the legal environment for global philanthropy, developing models for more effective collaborations in the sector, and engaging more strategically with policymakers and multilateral organisations. The 2010 Forum came at an important time, not only for philanthropy, when the financial crisis and the increasing severity of some of the most pressing global problems have thrown these questions into higher relief, but also for the future of WINGS.