WINGSForum 2014: The survey results are in!
Nearly 50 organisations in 21 countries across all regions of the network shared what they want to see in Istanbul come March.
Based on your feedback, potential topics include: 1. Networks and Collaboration (including the roles of associations and support organisations); 2. Data for Philanthropy; and 3. Accountability and Transparency (including legal and regulatory issues)
Possible workshops include: 1. Skills for social change (advocacy focus); 2. Skills for social change (resource mobilisation focus); 3. Social media and communications; and 4. Governance and BOD management
We see a high level of commitment, which means a great turnout for what will surely be the most exciting WINGSForum to date!
SROI, philanthropic freedom, and a new vision for Africa
In this August issue of WINGS Dispatch, we look at philanthropic freedom, Social Return on Investment, and the changing landscape in Africa. WINGS board members John Ulanga, Tina Thiart and Jenny Hodgson report on the evolving landscape of philanthropy in Africa, where the trend to connect philanthropy with business is especially apparent. We also share new developments in data, Community Philanthropy, and take a look at the first ever analysis of philanthropic freedom across the world. Headlines, events, new reports from GIFE and EVPA, opportunities and more as we draw closer to Istanbul in 2014.
A new philanthropic vision for East Africa
EAAG's 2013 East Africa Philanthropy Conference was designed to explore local innovative strategies developed to link social investment with social impact. John Ulanga, former EAAG Chairman and WINGS board member, recently shared his perspective on the event, reflecting on the changing philanthropic landscape in the region. "I believe the increased urbanisation happening in our continent, coupled with the growing middle class and the emerging elite, presents a good opportunity for the new form of philanthropy that can leverage corporate capabilities." more »
Be part of a Global Consultation on Philanthropy Data
WINGS identified a gap and the need for reliable, globally-comparable data on philanthropy, and engaged a select group of philanthropy leaders to discuss the issue and work towards a Global Philanthropy Data Charter – a statement of values to provide a framework and guide the collection and use of data on philanthropy. The next meeting will be in Brussels, hosted by the EFC, on September 17th. A draft document is available on the WINGS website. We look forward to receiving your input to further improve the Charter!
Towards innovative philanthropy in Southern Africa
During the past year we have noticed more innovation investment in business development and more investment in the strengthening of governance and sustainable business models. No longer do investors look for the "feel good” organisations but rather they want to build local business to ensure that their own businesses are sustainable and that they meet the requirements of the local governments to invest in local business. Once again we experience the move away from traditional forms of philanthropy, charitable contributions and a move towards innovative forms of philanthropy that leverage the unique skills of company leaders. Article by Tina Thiart. more »
Help shape Summit on Community Philanthropy
A background paper was written to develop the agenda for a Global Summit on Community Philanthropy, to be held either in 2015 or 2016. The final version of the paper will determine the character of the summit meeting itself, but before the paper can play this role, it needs to go through an iterative process so that it has wide ownership by the field. Actors in the field are invited to take ownership of the paper by sending their comments and suggestions. more »
Africa's evolving philanthropic discourse
As the African philanthropy sector enters a period of rapid growth, with new players and new resources emerging, some level of tension and contradiction is inevitable—and healthy—not least because different kinds of philanthropic money come shaped by different visions and theories of change. Philanthropy offers a unique position from which to take risks, seed innovation and ensure the voice of a vibrant civil society to hold governments and big corporates to account. Article by Jenny Hodgson. more »
First analysis of philanthropic freedom across the world
The Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity's new pilot study, Philanthropy Freedom, examines barriers and incentives for individuals and organisations to donate resources to social causes. It is the first analysis of philanthropic freedom across countries. The Institute’s Deputy Director & Research Fellow, Yulya Spantchak, explains why this report is important to global philanthropy today. "Philanthropy’s integral role in creating NGOs and other sources of wealth and power outside of central government control helps democracies flourish by strengthening freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. This integral role of philanthropy in strengthening civil society can be best demonstrated by the current political events in Egypt and Russia." more »
WINGS webinar on SROI
Interest and use of Social Return on Investment is growing as a way of accounting for and managing the social economic and environmental value of an organisation's work. Watch the WINGS webinar, presented by new WINGS members, SROI Network and Filantrofilia.
28 August, IHRFG Webinar | Join the International Human Rights Funders Group for a grantmakers-only webinar that explores opportunities for funders at the intersection of climate change and human rights to support concrete strategies at local, state and national levels for comprehensive climate solutions. Register online.
3 September, Ibero-american Civil Society in 2020 | GIFE and Fundação Roberto Marinho invite for a debate on the challenges facing civil society in Ibero-american countries. WINGS members CEMEFI and Association of Spanish Foundations are on the panel. (Portuguese)
10-11 September, XII Annual Congress of the Third Sector Research | As part of the 25th anniversary of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, the XIII Congress of the Third Sector Research will generate an academic exchange about the progress of civil society research in the country.
17-19 September, Australian Community Foundation Forum | Hosted by Philanthropy Australia, the Forum is perfect for those who want to learn about the Community Foundation movement and what it can do for their community.
22-24 September, Social Good Summit 2013 | Join a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.
29 Sep-2 Oct, EGA Fall Retreat | Join the Environmental Grantmakers Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, to connect and discuss climate change, clean water, community health and more. The retreat explores solutions that incorporate the voices of people most affected by environmental issues.
6-9 October, African Creative Economy | Join leading policymakers, economist, academics and creative entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Arterial Network's third international conference on the African Creative Economy.
17-19 October, SVP's Audacious Philanthropy Conference 2013 | Conference registration is now open! Seize this opportunity to network with hundreds of philanthropists engaged in the hard work of social change.
18-19 November, Supporting Movements Conference | Join Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as part of its Scaling What Works initiative, and 200 grantmaking peers for the fall conference, Supporting Movements: A grantmaker gathering on collaborative approaches for social change, in Washington, D.C. Priority Registration opens 4 September.
26-27 November, EVPA Annual Conference | Registration is now open for the 9th EVPA Annual Conference, Responsible Leadership: Inspire and Act! Delegates can choose between the following streams: Tricks of the trade; Best practices; Building the market.
The University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions from individuals conducting interesting and important research in nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, or social innovation. more »
Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 6, Issue 2 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be an open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organised philanthropy are invited. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 August. more »
The Global Philanthropy Forum is seeking to recruit a Director for its newest endeavor, the African Philanthropy Forum—a network of African philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable economic development throughout the African continent. more »
The Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) is aimed at improving the lives of poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. The IEIF will support approximately 7-8 proposals; interested organisations may apply to the fund for grants for up to 12 months with a maximum request of US$100,000, and may participate in more than one grant proposal. more »