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February 2013 eNewsletter

WINGS Network In Numbers

We started the WINGS Philanthropy Data Network as a way to learn more about our unique and diverse network. Thanks to our members and allies around the world, we're ready to start sharing useful information on the global sector, including a new infographic produced in partnership with the Foundation Center. If you haven’t updated your profile yet, please log in today—it only takes a few minutes and the results will have a lasting impact. more »

Engaging Corporations

Our latest toolkit suggests how to engage companies based on stories from our network members.

Knowledge Center

Meeting Challenges, Seizing Opportunities

A diverse group of professionals from more than 30 countries took part in a series of deliberations collectively called the 'Bellagio Initiative'. Its aim: to generate discussions and stimulate innovative thinking on how philanthropies and international development organisations might find ways to move forward together to better protect and promote human wellbeing.

Download "Human Wellbeing in the 21st Century" from the Knowledge Center today.


Governance Course for Corporate Foundations

Can you recognize good governance in Foundations and Institutes? This is the theme of the GIFE IBGC course that explores how good practice and use of resources can generate a climate of confidence among all stakeholders. (Portuguese)

The Foundation Center is offering free Philanthropy In/Sight maps to grantmakers that participate in the Center's eGrant Reporting Program.

Alliance magazine features interviews with leaders in the field and articles on topical issues by key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members get a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Philanthropy In Quote

"I think a lot of efforts fail because they don't focus on the right measure or they don't invest enough in doing it accurately." Bill Gates on measuring progress

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WINGS welcomes new Chairman of the Board

This year Dr. Atallah Kuttab, founding member of both the Arab Human Rights Fund and the Arab Foundations Forum, assumes the role of WINGS Chairman. Kuttab (pictured left) recently wrote a letter to our members, and we spoke to former Chairman Fernando Rossetti about his experience at the helm. more »

Kuttab: "Engagement in the various task forces and activities of WINGS is crucial. With it we can learn from experiences in various regions, and your contributions will help develop the global philanthropy discourse by providing relevant data. Together we can collaborate and build towards social and economic justice in our regions and globally."

Rossetti: "Anything you do in a global environment takes much more time than if you do it on a national level. WINGS is a very long term vision. To build a truly global infrastructure for philanthropy is a very long term project."

Every nonprofit is a business

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Chairman Doug Miller believes that venture philanthropy is a methodology that has significant potential for creating social value, and that engagement can come by providing financial, intellectual or human capital. In a 2008 interview he said, "philanthropy is like a drug which produces feelings of both fulfillment and personal happiness: the more you do, the more you want to do." We couldn't agree more. This month, WINGS Managing Editor Chris de la Torre sat with Miller to look at the sector through a business lens, and to preview the inaugural AVPN Conference. more »

Divining a vision for Markets for Good

Markets for Good, the initiative promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations and Liquidnet, seeks to improve the information infrastructure for the ‘social sector’ to a point ‘where capital flows efficiently to the organizations that are having the greatest impact, programs and interventions are more effective and responsive, beneficiaries have a voice and there is a dynamic culture of continuous learning, development, and innovation.’ This month, Alliance magazine shared a paper from Guidestar Founder Buzz Schmidt that looks at the potential to establish integrated information, performance monitoring and feedback systems in the sector. more »

Documentary explores motivation beyond profit

Ever stop to think that some of the solutions to poverty can come from profitable businesses? Between Worlds documents the story of three women living in India, Mexico and Brazil, exploring the lives of entrepreneurs whose motivation goes far beyond profit. (Portuguese) more »

CAF Foundation School 2013

CAF Foundation School is a unique course for active and aspiring philanthropists, family advisors and foundation executives. Over the course of a week, the Foundation School considers a wide range of elements fundamental to establishing and running successful philanthropic initiatives, allowing participants to learn from Charities Aid Foundation and global philanthropy experts, practitioners and experienced philanthropists. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and make the most of a valuable opportunity to learn from peers from around the world. The event runs from 20-24 May in Oxford, United Kingdom. 2013 Flyer » | 2012 Brochure »

7-9 March, 2013 FIA Conference. The next Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) conference brings together the best opportunities in fundraising today.

11-13 March, Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group: Changes In the Landscapes In Africa and In Philanthropy. How can a better understanding of landscapes help to amplify the impact of available resources?

19-20 March, ABAG: Foundations On the Hill. Help educate Congress about the important work of philanthropy by participating with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in Washington, DC.

The Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace is conducting a 5-minute survey as the first step to building a regional network informed by local needs. Close date 1 March. survey »

The Southern Africa Trust is looking to appoint four new trustees to fill places in its existing board. The Southern Africa Trust is an independent, regional, non-profit agency that works to change the systems that keep people in poverty. The public is encouraged to nominate potential candidates for appointment. Nominations close 14 March. more »

The European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) 2013 Conference aims to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas between academics from various disciplines and practitioners from the philanthropic sector. Deadline for proposals is 1 April. more »

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