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January 2014 eNewsletter

New Reports Page and 2014 WINGS Membership Renewal

Browse our new reports page and stay current with our latest research. Continue as a full member; renew your 2014 WINGS membership today.

January Poll: How are women represented in leadership in your organization?

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Nelson Mandela Remembered

Nelson Mandela was and continues to be through his legacy, a true global leader. View these stories from our network and partners.

CAF World Giving Index 2013

The aim of the World Giving Index is to provide insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. In order to ensure that giving is understood in its various forms, the report looks at three aspects of giving behaviour. Download the Index from the WINGS Knowledge Center.

Advancing Human Rights

This multi-year partnership between the Foundation Center and IHRFG is enriched by collaboration with Ariadne (European Human Rights Funders Network) and the International Network of Women’s Funds.

Selected Readings eBook

This eBook provide a range of perspectives on the most critical data-related challenges facing the social sector and how we can address these challenges.

New Tool: Harnessing Collaborative Technologies

GrantCraft's new interactive tool helps funders find the best online tech for collaborating, sharing info, learning from partners, building community and assessing progress.

Philanthropy In/Sight® Promo

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

Foundation Center becomes 200th IATI Publisher

As new publishers, the Foundation Center joins a rapidly expanding transparency movement comprised of governments, multilaterals, NGOs, private sector organizations and foundations in 30 countries worldwide, that also counts among its recent members the European Investment Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

New Interview: Jacob Harold, GuideStar President and CEO

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

"We believe that infusing an explicit focus on gender in our work is a key contributor to accomplishing our dual visions of achieving more equitable growth and building greater resilience against the shocks and disruptions of our world." Judith Rodin, The Rockefeller Foundation

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We are at 55% of our capacity for registrations! Early-bird registration has been extended through 27 January—we encourage you to register before then to take advantage of discounted registration fees and to reserve your seat before room runs out.

WINGSForum 2014 is created for and largely designed by WINGS Members. Plenaries and concurrent sessions will give you a better sense of your role within the global philanthropic sector. See our list of attendees and follow the WINGS blog for updates.

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

Women In Philanthropy

This month we explore one of six plenaries for WINGSForum—women in philanthropy. We look at regional cross border trade, philanthropy during national transitions, and the impact of women's rights movements, along with new articles from Barbara Ibrahim, Ruth Jones, and CAF's Adam Pickering. We also take a special look at gender and agency in Africa in an interview with Halima Mohamed (TrustAfrica, PSJP). Downloadable resources include the World Giving Index 2013 (CAF), Advancing Human Rights (Foundation Center, IHRFG), and a new Markets for Good eBook on data. We also have an exciting events lineup through June.

Halima Mahomed on women, philanthropy, and power

As Philanthropy Program Advisor for TrustAfrica, Halima Mahomed is responsible for knowledge building, outreach and advocacy on African philanthropy. She also serves on the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Working Group. Mahomed personally sees the combined issues of agency and voice as central, going so far as to say that philanthropy and power cannot be delinked from identity. We asked Mahomed for some words on women, leadership, and philanthropy in Africa. "It's not a matter of numbers, it's a matter of conception, a matter of understanding equality difference and the power dynamic in society. In many parts of the African continent we come from a patriarchal structure that flows out into everyday life." more »

World Giving Index 2013 focuses on emerging economies

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched the 2013 World Giving Index, a global analysis of levels of participation in charitable activity. The report reveals that giving has returned to growth after a double dip global recession which saw engagement fall in 2009 and 2011, and that many developing nations are seeing huge increases in the proportion of people engaging in charitable giving including India, which now has more people (244 million) regularly donating to charity than any other country on earth. Article by Adam Pickering. more »

Philanthropy during national transitions

As the early euphoria surrounding the Arab uprisings has turned to caution, we are reminded that society-wide transitions are rarely predictable and almost never accomplished quickly. Instead, years of patient rebuilding of institutions and relationships are necessary once a dictatorship is overthrown or civil war comes to an end. Success is not a given, and to reach the final destination usually requires some mix of outside support as well as local investment in civil society, public institutions and the processes that instil cultures of democracy. Article by Barbara Ibrahim. more »

Women shaping agenda in regional cross border trade policy

In 2013, the Southern Africa Trust in partnership with the Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association (SABCTA) convened a regional women cross border traders forum on mainstreaming gender in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Trade Policy and the Tripartite Free Trade Area Policy Framework. A position statement was adopted at the forum outlining policy proposals and addressing the challenges faced by women in trade. more »

Celebrating the impact of women's rights movements

Nicky McIntyre, executive director of Mama Cash, considers how change happens and where those with relatively small budgets can make the biggest contributions. This Alliance magazine article looks at the gains made by women’s movements to reduce discrimination, promote equality, and increase women’s ability to champion their own rights, while emphasising that more work needs to be done. more »

Engaged philanthropy is catching on globally

The past twelve months have seen significant expansion of the Social Venture Partners network into several new countries, including Australia, China, India and Ireland, providing these nations with a new tool for tackling pressing social problems. The SVP model of engaged philanthropy highlights the leadership and mentoring services donors can provide above and beyond their charitable giving. Intellectual and financial capital provided by donors is linked with the program capital provided by social purpose organizations: the combination is a powerful response to tackling social issues. Article by Ruth Jones. more »

27-29 Mar, WINGSForum 2014: The Power of Networks | Pre-conference workshop registration is now open! See our list of speakers and take advantage of early-bird registration through 27 January.

28-29 Jan, IHRFG San Francisco Conference and Pre-Conference Institute | The 2-day conference will explore critical issues in human rights grantmaking. The Pre-Conference Institute (27 Jan) will provide hands-on training in innovative learning, monitoriing and evaluation approaches.

30 Jan, EFC Webinar: Sustainable urbanisation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals | Led by Maruxa Cardama, Executive Coordinator of Communitas, this webinar builds on the introductory discussion held on 16 December.

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.

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.

PopTech and The Rockefeller Foundation are proud to announce the 2014 call for nominations for a unique joint Fellows program focused on unconventional collaboration. 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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