The following is an excerpt of an article originally published on the Alliance blog on 1 September 2012. The full article can be found here.
WINGS, in partnership with the Foundation Center, is undertaking a global data collection project on philanthropy through a new initiative called the WINGS Philanthropy Data Network. The first step is getting to know what kind of information associations of foundations currently have on their members.
Associations of foundations work daily to strengthen philanthropy all over the world, and part of that work involves knowing their constituency. Several organizations are therefore already engaged in an effort to collect information on their members. However, the information they collect is not comparable and WINGS, with its global membership and outreach, is uniquely positioned to engage in the necessary effort to collect standardized global data on philanthropy.