Thank you for being a part of our network and for contributing to build a connected global philanthropy. We look forward to exploring the power of networks with you at WINGSForum 2014!
Letter from the Executive Director
With the new year fast approaching, we would like to take a moment to reflect on achievements and to thank our members, funders and partners for your support. 2013 was a very good year for our network and we have exciting events lined up for 2014.
Membership numbers are up and our peer learning events, regional meeting and webinars were well attended. Data, transparency and collaboration were big themes this year, and as WINGS continues to collect and disseminate information on philanthropy worldwide, collaboration will be a critical component for success.
Early in the year, we released the Global Status Report on Community Foundations 2012 Update—the latest of 10 years in tracking the development of community foundations worldwide. In February, we kicked off a process towards the development of the Global Philanthropy Data Charter that will both improve cooperation among stakeholders of current data initiatives and encourage new initiatives. And we are happy to report that our efforts to collect data from our members are resulting in the publication of the first ever global report on infrastructure for philanthropy—the report will be launched in March 2014.
We have established a partnership with the UNDP to encourage the dialogue and collaboration between the world of philanthropy and multilateral organisations on development goals. WINGS members had the opportunity to participate through online consultations and meetings in New York, and the discussion will continue in 2014.
Following up on our work initiated in 2012, this year we carried out a regional meeting for our members from Latin America on accountability and transparency for international philanthropy. A regional meeting in Asia and a toolkit on transparency are in our plans for 2014.
Members have also been engaged in planning our global convening, WINGSForum. In just over three months, you will have the much valued opportunity to network, connect, and share knowledge with your peers at WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks, taking place in Istanbul from 27-29 March 2014. We hope to see you there!
This year is a reminder of how staying connected, informed and engaged is essential to our work. Thank you again for your continued support and stay tuned for exciting developments in the new year!
From all of us at WINGS Office, best wishes for 2014.