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January 2015 eNewsletter

"For years WINGS has opened up debate and challenged thinking on how philanthropy is done in different countries." WINGS Network Participant, Strategic Planning Survey

WINGS Membership 2015

We have reassessed our membership dues structure. Your support will allow us to bring new opportunities to network, to learn and share knowledge. See how our membership has grown with this new infographic.

Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize

Judges have been selected. Post your nomination for the Third Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize, organized by Alliance magazine in association with GFCF, CIVICUS and WINGS.

New Foundation Maps Tool

On 11th Feb the Foundation Center will introduce its new visualization tool. Learn how Foundation Maps can benefit you in your work.

Analysing Global Generosity

CAF presented findings from the 2014 World Giving Index, including donating and volunteering trends from the last five years.

EVPA Research Launch

A strengthening of all dimensions of the VP/SI method were reported in the latest EVPA Survey of European Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment, out this month.

New FCAA NHAS Toolkit

"Funder’s Guide to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy" provides private philanthropy with the context for making investment decisions, highlights the work of funders and their grantees, helps identify opportunities for investments, and more.

GIIN Impact Investing Report

The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia provides a "state of the market" landscape analysis of the impact investing industry in South Asia.

AFF Launches New Website

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) launched a new website in December. AFF is a not-for-profit membership-based association of philanthropic foundations in the Arab region.

Foundation Center’s new premiere data visualization tool, Foundation Maps, helps funders, nonprofits, and philanthropy networks access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact.

FREE READ: "Philanthropy tends to get stuck in the swimming pool, when the real action is in the sea." Read the Alliance article, ‘Strategic or emergent’.

Alliance magazine features key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members get a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Philanthropy In Quote

"People that give want to see the impact on the lives of families and communities that receive, sharing their wealth so that people will gain more than just money, but a way of life." David Drake, LDJ Capital

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We’re happy to welcome Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust to WINGS! Last year 88 organizations joined or renewed as dues-paying members. Be a part of the only worldwide philanthropy network — renew today!

Bracing for greater social impact
We begin 2015 with a look at initiatives in venture philanthropy and SROI, including a suite of reports and resources from our members and partners.

Help advance impact measurement! Take this brief survey if you are an infrastructure organization or a foundation or social investor.

Venture philanthropy in practice
Stacey Choe (AVPN) explains the network's Capability Development Model for the social investing community, a tool it hopes will speak to organizations who aren’t yet fully familiar with the venture philanthropy concept.

Exits: don't get stuck without a plan
Lisa Hehenberger (EVPA) says venture philanthropy and social investment organizations look for a social return "over or next to a financial return — making exits more complex than in the traditional field of investment."

Keeping donors at the heart of the giving journey
Fiona Halton (Philanthropy in Action) shares her experience in setting up Social Venture Partners London. What the Partners have in common is a desire to leverage giving as a group, to make their giving more effective.

Gaining new ground in China
AVPN addressed government representatives, foundation leaders and finance professionals in Beijing and Shanghai on the role of venture philanthropy and the importance of tri-sector collaboration.

Collaboration is key for sustainable development
Dana Doan (LIN Center for Community Development) reflects on the Philanthropy In Asia Summit 2014, claiming that while central to our programmes, "collaborations also bring difficulties".

A Practical Guide to Planning and Executing an Impactful Exit
Venture philanthropists can increase transparency and accountability, and enhance the effectiveness of their work with this new EVPA resource.

Unleashing Potential: 2014 Impact Report
Social Venture Partners shares its latest report that illustrates the unique SVP model at work through the experiences of its member organizations.

Growing Pains: Getting Past the Complexities of Scaling Social Impact
This NPC paper considers what can be done by charities, funders and their partners to expand the reach of successful scaling approaches.

Getting Started in Venture Philanthropy in Asia
This practical guide helps founders, sponsors and funders of new venture philanthropy and social investment organizations in Asia.

How Do Companies Act?
This policy report from The SROI Network calls for more assurance of non-financial impact information in annual reports.

26-28 Jan, IHRFG San Francisco and Pre-Conference Institute :: Explore critical issues in human rights at this annual event.

29 Jan, AVPN webinar :: Join the Shell Foundation as it shares failures and learnings in its philanthropic journey.

5-8 Feb, Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit :: Explore effective ways to collaborate for greater impact in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

16-17 Feb, Southern African Impact Investing Network Conference :: Join SAIIN for the region's leading impact investing event.

Feb, Responsive Philanthropy Series :: Join AGAG for ongoing calls and webinars on funding in Africa, leading up to its annual conference in April.

10-11 Mar, Changes in Civil Society and Philanthropy :: Meet with scholars as they present current research in Jerusalem, Israel.

16-20 Mar, CoF Philanthropy Week :: Programs in the US Capitol will explore challenges and opportunities with the current Administration.

18-19 Mar, Foundations on the Hill :: Travel with colleagues to meet select members of the US Congress and Representatives in Washington, DC.

19-21 Mar, Dasra Philanthropy Week :: Attend India’s leading philanthropy event in Mumbai, India, themed "Girl Power".

24 Mar, NPC Leading Impact Conference :: Find the strategic thinking and insights you need to put impact at the heart of your social enterprise.

Click here for a list of main events.

[more] WINGS and The SROI Network are surveying support organizations and foundations on impact measurement. Take the survey by 5 February.

[more] Post your nomination for the Third Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize, organized by Alliance in association with GFCF, CIVICUS and WINGS.

[more] Join the Global Philanthropy Data Charter and take a step forward in promoting informed decision making in the sector.

[more] Submit your session proposal for the Silatech conference, "Arab Youth Employment", to be held in Jordan in April. Submit by 31 January.

[more] GrantCraft users can help the service measure its impact by taking a short survey by 19 February.

[more] Alliance magazine, the definitive philanthropy news source, is looking for a new editor. Closing date for applications is 2 February.

[more] Submit a proposal by 14 February to the ANSER-ARES Conference in Canada, which looks at civil society, nonprofit practice and more.

[more] ImpactBase is the searchable, online database of impact investment funds and products designed for investors.

[more] Launching in February, Giving Magazine is inviting nonprofits and charities to gift the publication to their supporters for free.

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