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January 2013 eNewsletter

New Chairman of the Board

This month we welcome Dr. Atallah Kuttab as the new Chairman of the WINGS Board. Kuttab, founding member of both the Arab Human Rights Fund and the Arab Foundations Forum, holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering. We're excited about this new chapter in WINGS leadership and we look forward to continuing our work with Kuttab in 2013.

WINGS Network In Numbers

We're a global network of more than 140 organisations in more than 50 countries. In 2012, we conducted a survey in partnership with the Foundation Center to draw a better picture of the WINGS network, and in the process learned more about the sector as a whole. More than a third of the network responded. more »

Engaging Corporations

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

Andrew Nickson

Global South: Governance

Andrew Nickson's 2011 paper "Where Is Local Government Going in Latin America?" addresses decentralization now under way across the region. Download from the Knowledge Center today.


Today's Young Innovators

IYF President and CEO William S. Reese: "Congratulations to the inaugural class of BADIR fellows. Through its ongoing commitment to young people leading change, Starbucks is working to ensure that today’s generation of young innovators has the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to realize their visions of a better world.” more »

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

"It’s essential as a venture philanthropist to engage with a top quality management team and that both have an alignment of interest. Addressing solutions to social problems is hard and requires strong team work between the investor (grant givers) and the management team including the board." Doug Miller, AVPN

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New WINGS infographic shows vibrant, growing network

This past year we've made a concerted effort to start building a new culture around data collection and analysis. We began the WINGS Philanthropy Data Project 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. more »

Philanthropy is a human business

The Alliance for Business Leadership's Chris Pinney calls Corporate Social Responsibility "the new essential for business strategy and success in the 21st century." WINGS Managing Editor Chris de la Torre sat with Pinney to recap the evolution of CSR, and to lay out plans for what philanthropists and corporate grantmakers need to make it work. "There are still a lot of companies that are way back in terms of their development of this kind of approach. And the same thing can be said for not-for-profits. One could argue the majority of not-for-profits just see business as a source of cash, so they miss the bigger equation altogether. Philanthropy is a human business. It's built around relationships." more »

New philanthropy resource from TUSEV

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) has launched a new philanthropy resource website as part of its Philanthropy Infrastructure Development Project supported by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Turkish Philanthropy Funds. is a comprehensive online platform of news, practice, advice and publications aimed at drawing a roadmap for individuals, companies, foundations, and local communities interested in enhancing their philanthropic activities. more »

CoF project to launch service for grantmakers

NGOsource, a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup Global, streamlines the task of evaluating whether a non-U.S. organization is equivalent to a U.S. public charity — a process known as equivalency determination, or ED. NGOsource uses custom-designed technology, research on best practices in global grantmaking, standardized methodology developed by leading legal experts, and local partnerships within the global NGO community to create a first-of-its-kind and efficient ED process. The services will make international giving easier and more affordable for the entire philanthropic community, lowering the barriers to cross-border giving. more »

AVPN conference first, largest in Asia-Pacific region

The inaugural Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Annual Conference 2013 will be the first and largest gathering of venture philanthropists and social investors in the region. In May, AVPN will be welcoming up to 300 delegates, including member organisations and active supporters. Participation in the conference will be limited and priority will be given to active providers of financial and non-financial resources to high performing social purpose organisations in Asia. The conference will seek to share learning and both broaden and deepen the venture philanthropy and social investment community across Asia. more »

27-28 February | NCNG Annual Meeting: Making Moves That Matter. The 2013 annual meeting provides an opportunity for grantmakers to network and learn about emerging issues in North Carolina. more »

28 February | Meet the Donors 2013: Donor Advised Funds. Presented by Associated Grant Makers, this discussion includes how donors make choices, the function of DAFs, and why donors choose this method of giving. more »

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

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? more »

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. more »

The University of Pennsylvania's Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) Program invites graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs at degree-granting institutions to apply for a 2013 Penn Summer Fellowship. Required: Resume, unpublished draft research paper on a topic related to the nonprofit sector, and abstract. Submission deadline is 28 February. Send to

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. Submission deadline for proposals is 1 April 2013. more »


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