Posted By WINGS,
Friday, May 11, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2015
The following was originally published on the Philantopic blog on 11 May 2012. The original article can be found here.
(This video was recorded as part of our "Flip" chat series of conversations with thought leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. You can check out other videos in the series here, including our previous chat with Courtney O’Malley, vice president of the Starr Foundation.)
Founded in 2000 by a group of philanthropy support organizations, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support, or WINGS, today comprises a hundred and fifty philanthropic "infrastructure" organizations representing fifty-four countries that work to strengthen philanthropy and a culture of giving through mutual learning and support, knowledge sharing, and professional development. Among other things, the network, which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, hosts a global peer-learning event every four years and provides its member organizations with an online community where they can connect and share resources, including research reports, news, and capacity development opportunities.
In partnership with the Foundation Center, WINGS also is working to build a global data platform that provides a comprehensive view of:
the size, scope, and characteristics of the infrastructure for philanthropy;
global trends in institutional philanthropic giving; and
how data can be used to support global philanthropy.
Last week, PND sat down with WINGS executive director Helena Monteiro to discuss the Global Philanthropy Data Project, the challenges associated with developing a standardized global data collection system, and the importance of supporting philanthropic infrastructure.