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August 2015 Newsletter

WINGS Updates

Share your work with the world!

WINGS Knowledge Center is growing by the day with over 510 documents – send us your publications and join this global online community.

Member Talent Highlight

Naila Farouky (AFF) has written I WILL NOT, a children's book that addresses violence in Gaza. The illustrated book will be published in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

Webinar Series

Shrinking Space for Civil Society and Philanthropy

Join COF and WINGS to discuss recent reports and hear presentations from the Hudson Institute and CIVICUS.

Cultures of Giving

Topics include philanthropy language, contribution and democratization, operating foundations, and nextgen.

Suggestion Box

Send your suggestions, ideas and topics for future issues!

Network Events

WINGS, Shrinking Space for Civil Society and Philanthropy
10 Sep, Webinar Online

WINGS, Cultures of Giving – Roles and Approaches
17 Sep, Webinar Online

ACSEP, Measuring & Improving Social Impact
26-27 Aug, Singapore

C20 Summit
15-16 Sep, Istanbul

Employee Volunteering Conference
22-23 Sep, Johannesburg

SDSN, International Conference on Sustainable Development
23-24 Sep, New York City

UK Community Foundations Conference
23-25 Sep, Belfast

SVI Critical Mass Conference
19-20 Oct, London

Philanthropy Southwest 2015 Annual Conference
22-24 Oct, Santa Fe US

5th Annual Takaful
4-5 Nov, Abu Dhabi

EVPA Annual Conference
1-2 Dec, Madrid

The Conference Board, Strategic Community Impact Symposium
1-2 Dec, New York City

Full conference list

Strategic Community Impact Symposium, New York City 

In December, The Conference Board will showcase inspiring practices in corporate community involvement from both inside and outside the company, including innovative partnerships with non-profits, and government and community leaders. Use code WI200 to receive a $200 discount on registration.

Foundation Center's Glasspockets facilitates candid and constructive conversation about foundation transparency and accountability.
The latest Glasspockets find: Open Philanthropy Project forms new partnership with Instagram co-founder.

NEW! The new Alliance app makes it easier than ever to access Alliance magazine. Download the free app today from the Mac App Store or Google Play and get free access to the June 2015 issue. Alliance magazine features articles by key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members receive a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Ending energy poverty by 2030: Katherine Johnston (Solar Aid) on why energy is the golden thread in development, and how a sustainable market for solar lights can help achieve universal access to energy.

Philanthropy In Quote

"One of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals developed by seventy nations (with the direct participation of 7.5 million people around the world) is to 'reduce inequality within and among nations.' So, why don’t more foundations embrace the term?" Brad Smith, Foundation Center

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Global philanthropy, social investment and sustainability
This month we highlight the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), preview fall events and webinars, share new reports, and kick off our new regional newsletter series.

Network News

A heartfelt farewell to Caroline Hartnell
This month marks the end of Caroline Hartnell’s tenure at Alliance, and we've highlighted her contributions to WINGS and to the philanthropy field with words from our members and partners.

What SDG 16 means for the LGBTQ movement
Sarah Tansey (IHRFG) and Lyle Matthew Kan (Funders for LGBTQ Issues) share how the recent US Supreme Court marriage ruling relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

FATF says "yes" to formalised annual consultation with NPOs
Following recommendations from a coalition led by EFC, ICNL and others, the FATF announced that it will enhance its engagement with NPOs when working on combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

GIFE will meet to discuss private social investment and the SDGs
In August GIFE will host a meeting in São Paulo to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with its members and partners, and launch the new Platform for SDGs Strategy.

C20 focuses on priority issues ahead of September summit
During a recent radio show in Istanbul, C20 representatives discussed the September event and initiative, and how civil society can help put forward policy recommendations to the G20.

AVPN expands across Asia, growing the social investing ecosystem
AVPN has fast expanded its portfolio of resources and services. Now the Singapore-based network’s membership is searchable by beneficiary type, investee type, and country of operation.

United Nations Post-2015 Platform for Philanthropy
Karolina Mzyk (UNDP) spoke to CAF about how philanthropy organizations can join a global initiative to help establish the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

ICNL Recognized for innovation and impact
This year ICNL was recognized by The NonProfit Times (NPT) in its 2015 Power & Influence Top 50, a list that celebrates the US nonprofit sector’s top executives and strategists.

IHRFG's 2015 New York Conference highlights
The conference, titled The Rights-Based Approach: The Right Approach?, took a critical look at grantmaking under a human rights lens. See recap videos and follow the conversation on social media.

Knowledge Center

A Practical Guide for Civil Society
Explore issues related to the work of civil society actors, beginning with working definitions of the terms "civil society" and "civil society space".

Born to Give: A Human Approach to Catalyzing Philanthropy
Learn about bridging communities of wealth and social change, and explore the relationship between empathy education and "affluenza".

Where the Money Goes: Private Wealth for Public Good
This Centre for Social Impact report provides a high level analysis of 4,119 philanthropic grants made over a three-year period.

Philanthropy In the Family Office
Launched at the Global Family Office Conference 2015, this report is the first global study to research philanthropy in family offices worldwide.

The Community Foundation Atlas identifies 1,800+ community philanthropy organizations in 70 countries.


[more] Include your publications in the WINGS Knowledge Center and join a growing online community. To share, visit

[more] Visit SDSN’s interactive website for Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for SDGs.

[more] Submit your abstract for the 5TH International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions by 30 September.

[more] Visit the C20 Discussion Forum to voice your opinions on key issues facing the world today, and register for the September event.

[more] HistPhil, a new web publication, explores contemporary philanthropic issues and practices through a historical lens.

[more] Search every grant awarded by The Getty Foundation, one of the largest philanthropies in the US, using its new grants database.

[more] The Other Foundation is hiring for Head of Operations and Office Administrator positions. Contact for more.

[more] Sign up and receive updates for the new Post-2015 Partnership Platform website launching in September.

[more] Join millions around the world through the Global Citizen movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.

[more] John D. Gerhart Center at American University in Cairo is accepting abstract submissions for Takaful 2015, held in Abu Dhabi in November.

[more] CAF Donate is an online donation processing platform where you can manage your multi-channel fundraising with ease.

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