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February 2014 eNewsletter

2014 WINGS Membership: Renew Today!

A word to our members: thank you for your participation and support. Dues-paying members like you give WINGS the opportunity to promote leadership on the development of philanthropy and social investment worldwide with valuable reporting, an informative webinar series and WINGSForum, our flagship event that continues next month in Istanbul, Turkey.

The deadline to renew your full WINGS membership is 15 March 2014. Not yet a full member? Join by 15 March and become an official member of the only global network of associations and support organisations serving philanthropy—make the WINGS pledge today!

What is the main benefit of collecting and using data for your organization?

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Interview: Avila Kilmurray on WINGSForum 2014

In November we asked Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, to tell us what her experience in community philanthropy might bring to WINGSForum in March. See the interview.

Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

This new GrantCraft report explores how transparency can strengthen credibility, improve grantee relationships, facilitate greater collaboration, build communities of shared learning, and more. Download from the WINGS Knowledge Center.

Giving Around the Globe

New findings on global corporate giving are available for the first time to the corporate giving field in this new CECP report. Download here.

Learning Networks to Address Wicked Problems

This essay co-written by WINGSForum 2014 keynote speaker Steve Waddell explores how learning networks affect the transformative potential of multi-stakeholder initiatives in the agro-food sector. Download from the WINGS Knowledge Center.

Empowering Families for Innovative Philanthropy

This ERFIP report describes the driving force behind the giving and philanthropy starting in three regions: Africa, Asia and the Arab region. Download from the WINGS Knowledge Center.

Philanthropy In/Sight® Promo

WINGS members receive a free one-year subscription to Philanthropy In/Sight®, the Foundation Center's interactive mapping tool.

Funding Information Network

The Funding Information Network is a network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers located around the world. Network partners provide a core collection of Foundation Center publications and a variety of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers.

New from Alliance magazine: Connection key for next gen

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

"If charities come together around shared goals, they can shift the power balance. Funders of any type find it hard to resist when the sector gets together and brings a single proposition to the table." Tris Lumley, New Philanthropy Capital

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WINGSForum registration was a great success and is now closed—thanks to all registrants! If you have questions or would like to register, contact programme coordinator Jane Mayer at

Get acquainted with our conference speakers and see who's attending on our participants page. Do you plan on circulating literature or other materials to attendees during the event? Contact Jane Mayer above.

Pre-conference workshops explore the ideas behind the event, and our post-conference tour will show you the amazing city of Istanbul.

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) will co-host the event at the world-class Point Hotel in Istanbul from 27-29 March 2014.

The power of networks—35 Days to Istanbul

WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks is almost here! In just 35 days we'll convene in Istanbul with key constituents representing  grantmakers and support organisations from every region of the world to discuss current trends in the sector. This issue of Dispatch focuses on network collaboration, beginning with an exclusive interview with WINGSForum keynote speaker and Principal of NetworkingAction, Steve Waddell. We look at learning networks, communities and data, and share updates on our Data Charter and Infrastructure Report initiatives. We have an exciting lineup of events, and we give a special welcome to our newest members: Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD); Giving Northern Ireland; Inyathelo - The South African Institute for Advancement; and Private Philanthropy Circle South Africa. Also in this issue: Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize update, new reports from the network, and the February poll—with one click, let us know the main benefit of collecting and using data in your organization.

Steve Waddell on cultivating "more leaderful change agents"

Steve Waddell is the keynote speaker for WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks. In his book Global Action Networks: Creating Our Future Together, Waddell describes eight competencies essential for the success of social sector networks and leaders. "It’s not about focusing on one person as a leader but a person who is leaderful who is creating leadership activity amongst others, because they’ve got to have the capacity and power to be able to act toward the change goal as well." In this WINGS interview Waddell talks about the strategic importance of a global network like ours, and describes how individuals can become what he calls "more leaderful change agents” in the sector. "It’s a real shift to being able to act as a partner across issues." more »

The power of data and networks

As the philanthropic sector grows and gains visibility worldwide, the pressure to achieve greater impact also increases, fueling a continuous search for approaches that deliver the best outcomes. As part of its commitment to knowledge generation and dissemination, WINGS has been carrying out surveys to draw a picture of its network, and therefore of global philanthropy infrastructure. The information collected resulted in the report "Infrastructure in Focus: a Global Picture of Organisations Serving Philanthropy”, to be launched at WINGSForum 2014. The report represents an important first step in the efforts to systematize information on philanthropy infrastructure. The resulting analysis can be used by organisations to improve their services and focus on the needs of their constituencies. more »

Global Philanthropy Data Charter

In February 2013 a meeting in Rio de Janeiro organized by WINGS marked the early stages of a one-year consultation process involving a group representing organisations from all regions to look into crucial issues involving data management and sharing. The result of this process is the Global Philanthropy Data Charter which sets out a vision for data in the philanthropic sector: good data for greater impact. The Charter is intended to act as a framework for collaboration among data collectors, providers and users, as well as a forum for assessing current data-related needs and capacities. It describes the benefits of coordinated data collection, along with a set of values and principles to guide the collection and dissemination of philanthropy data, and key factors for data management to be improved. Join us at the WINGSForum 2014 for the Charter’s first preview and to discuss the present and future of data in philanthropy! For more information on the consultation process go to

Reader poll will help choose Alexeeva prize winner

Alliance magazine is inviting readers to help choose the second Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize winner, to be announced on the Alliance blog. The judges' winner will be announced at WINGSForum in March. The WINGS network is represented by Akwasi Aidoo (TrustAfrica) and Natalya Kaminarskaya (Russian Donors Forum). Vote now at the Alliance website. more »

The wealthy see an urgent need for philanthropy

Based on a survey of more than four hundred high-net-worth individuals, the 2014 PNB Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index found that 56 percent of respondents viewed the need for philanthropy as "extremely urgent" — including 64 percent of those in the U.S. and 61 percent in the Middle East — while 23 percent viewed it as "urgent." When asked about motivation for giving, the top responses were "personal experience with area of focus" (Middle East and U.S.), "desire to give back to society" (Asia), and "altruistic desire" (Europe). more »

Breaking down data silos promotes network collaboration

In January, Markets for Good launched its first reader-proposed theme, Beyond Data Silos. Breaking down silos is thought to promote communication, collaboration and productivity across networks, but as with any metaphor, stretching the idea can lead to negative outcomes. What is the potential for interaction between silos of data and information? Eric J. Henderson leads the conversation. more »

27-29 Mar, WINGSForum 2014 | Registration is now closed. If you have questions or want to join the waiting list, contact Programme Coordinator Jane Mayer.

24-25 Feb, African Philanthropy Forum | The African Philanthropy Forum is for individuals who have made a significant commitment to philanthropy and social investing and for executives of private, public and corporate foundations. Apply to register for this invitation-only event.

5-6 Mar, IFIP Events | Join International Funders for Indigenous Peoples for these events in March: The Effectiveness of Indigenous Stewardship and IFIP's First NYC Regional Meeting. Click here for more info. RSVP to

18-20 Mar, AGAG 2014 Conference | Join the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group in New York for meaningful connections that expand and deepen your understanding of current issues in Africa.

19-21 Mar, GIFE Conference 8th Edition | Join GIFE in São Paulo, Brazil, to discuss social investment's capacity of transformation. The event's official agenda and open activities are expected to attract 1,500 participants.

23-25 Apr, Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2014 | Join the GPF in exploring global goals and citizen solutions—and the process of redefinition.

24 Apr, SVP Spring Gathering | The Social Venture Partners Gathering is your opportunity to drill down on a topic that is vital to thriving organizations and communities. This year's topic is leadership.

14-15 May, AVPN 2014 Annual Conference | This year's conference embarks on a journey to address the three fundamental pillars of venture philanthropy: financial, human and intellectual capital.

20-22 May, IHRFG Funder Learning Visit to Brazil | What does the current human rights funding landscape look like in Brazil, and what trends does it imply for Latin America? Capacity is limited. Registration opens soon.

4-6 Jun, Takaful 2014 - Fourth Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement | The Takaful Conference is an annual opportunity for a broad and multi-disciplinary community of scholars and practitioners to interact around these important topics.

12-13 Jun, SROI Network Conference, Milan | The event will focus on how social value is used to create change, and will include cross-sector case studies with speakers covering Valuation, Investment, Assurance, Commissioning, and more. See the event brochure and register here.

24-26 Sep, IFIP World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy | Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), IFIP will host its biggest event ever in New York City.

Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR) welcomes abstracts for its Biennial Conference, "Resilience, Change and the Third Sector" in November, on issues relevant to volunteers, philanthropy, and indigenous and non-profit organisations. Deadline is 30 April. more »

The Foundation Review is soliciting abstracts of up to 250 words for an upcoming open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organised philanthropy are invited. more »

IHRFG is seeking content that reflects on the field and examines what lies ahead for grantmaking dedicated to advancing human rights. To contribute a piece for spring, contact Sarah Tansey at or +1-646-381-7582. more »

USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions from individuals conducting important research in nonprofit orgs, philanthropy, or social innovation. more »

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