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July 2013 eNewsletter

WINGSForum 2014

We’re inviting ideas for the concurrent sessions that we will develop for WINGSForum 2014, The Power of Networks: Building Connected Global Philanthropy. You can help us plan the forum by answering this short survey by 24 July. To send us your idea, follow submission guidelines here.

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) will co-host WINGSForum 2014 at the world-class Point Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27-29 March 2014. WINGSForum is a valuable opportunity for professional development, relationship building and knowledge sharing.

Philanthropy Infrastructure

Thank you WINGS Network for updating your profiles on our website! So far 89 organisations have either sent us or directly input their information into WINGS website. These organisations will be featured on the philanthropy infrastructure report WINGS will launch at the WINGSForum 2014. If you haven't sent us information but would like to be on the report, please contact Ana Pinho (


Interest and use of SROI is growing as a way of accounting for and managing the social economic and environmental value of an organisation's work. Watch the new WINGS webinar, presented by SROI Network and Filantrofilia.

Balkan Civil Society Acquis

TUSEV has started implementing the Balkan Civil Society Acquis, a project coordinated by the Balkan Civil Society Development Network that aims to strengthen the capacity and potential of civil society for monitoring and advocacy work.

UN DCF Post-2015 Report

Earlier this year, the ECOSOC Special Policy Dialogue of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) on "The role of philanthropic organizations in the post-2015 setting” allowed for rich and open discussion on the philanthropic contributions to development and their roles in shaping the future development agenda post 2015. See the final report.

Knowledge Center

"Stand With Malala" Petition

On July 12—less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight—Malala Yousafzai delivered a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations. Show your support for universal education. Sign the "Stand with Malala" petition and watch Yousafzai's speech in full.

Knowledge Center

Advancing Human Rights

IHRFG and the Foundation Center have partnered for Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders, the first-ever effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of powerful, interactive data and research tools to help rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness.

Download the new report from the WINGS Knowledge Center today.

Comunalia strengthens the movement of community foundations to help transform Mexico towards a sustainable, equitable and participatory development. For more, visit the new Comunalia website.

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

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

"The public sector cannot fully exploit Big Data without leadership from the private sector. What we need is action that goes beyond corporate social responsibility. We need Big Data to be treated as a public good." Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse

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WINGS 2013 membership drive results

The results are in and we are proud! We want to thank all member organisations for their commitment to WINGS.

We've been building a global network of organisations serving philanthropy for nearly 15 years. In 2012, WINGS adopted a membership dues structure and network participants are gradually reaffirming their support by subscribing as dues paying members.

Results from our 2013 membership campaign show increasing support for what we do—currently 65 dues paying member organisations from 33 countries! New members continue to join, bringing fresh input and ideas to the network. Our 2013 membership composition:

New WINGS members: Comunalia (Mexico); Filantrofilia (Mexico); Funders Concerned about AIDS (US); OECD NetFwd (Global); Rede de Fundos Independentes para a Justiça Social (Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice) (Brazil); Romanian Federation of Community Foundations (Romania); The SROI Network (UK)

WINGS membership determines our future development and achievements. If you missed the opportunity to become a full member, you can still join before the end of August! Support the WINGS global network—become a full member today!

Data for Social Good

This edition of WINGS Dispatch is about data. How do we handle the data deluge? We know we can't do it alone—partnerships are essential, now more than ever. Robert Kirkpatrick (UN Global Pulse) says Big Data needs to be treated as a public good, pointing out that data can't be fully exploited without help from the private sector. Jeffrey Falkenstein of the Foundation Center explains how a lack of standards has alienated philanthropy from the Big Data space—standards Patrick Collins of the Hewlett Foundation says "could lower the cost of collaboration by making basic grants data more comparable across foundations." In this issue we ask several new WINGS members how their organisations are using data for social good, and we look at a new set of data-driven human rights grantmaker tools, along with new initiatives, websites and events across the network—and we're taking your ideas for WINGSForum 2014, The Power of Networks.

Global data for better philanthropy

Data is becoming a key to success across all sectors of society. In 2012, WINGS kicked off a series of consultations with global actors from the field, and we're continuing consultations throughout this year. Patrick Collins of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation highlights the importance of standards for the generation on comparable data in a cost-effective way: "For ongoing data sharing to succeed, grantmakers must agree on coding standards for key data elements and invest resources in what is sometimes called data curation. One of the great promises of field-wide data standards is that they could lower the cost of collaboration by making basic grants data more comparable across foundations." more »

New members on data in the social sector

Results from our 2013 membership campaign show increasing support for what we do—currently 65 dues paying member organisations from 33 countries, and new members continue to join, bringing fresh input and ideas to the network. We asked a few new WINGS member organisations to give us their take on the topic that's engulfed the social sector—data. OECD netFWD: "the study that netFWD is currently conducting on the rationale and value added by the Venture Philanthropy approach to development (Scratching Beneath Venture Philanthropy for Development) is another way of collecting data, as it will gather evidence on this new and promising approach to philanthropy on which we currently have very little evidence and needless to say, even fewer data." more »

Kingsley Mucheke on the impact of philanthropy in Kenya

The Emerging Societies—Emerging Philanthropies International Forum Russia brought together leading philanthropy practitioners for stimulating debate around how social change is understood and achieved in emerging societies. Kingsley Kariuki Mucheke, joint winner of the first Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize, recently shared his concern for the lives of the millions of slumdwellers living in Kenya's rapidly growing capitol city of Nairobi: "If the politicians, large corporations and high net worth individuals that hold the title deeds to slum land would release it for public benefit, how would that impact the city’s and the country’s GDP? ...Would the slumdwellers themselves begin to engage in activities that serve the best interests of the entire community?" more »

New partnership yields human rights grantmaker tools

The International Human Rights Funders Group and the Foundation Center have launched the first-ever effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of powerful, interactive data and research tools to help rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders provides new tools for grantmakers, including a report on the state of global human rights funding and an online interactive map that enables grantmakers to search for funding by issue, country and population. "Some may be surprised to learn that many foundations who do not call themselves human rights funders are nevertheless engaged in supporting human rights work," said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center. more »

Ibero-American Network of Community Foundations

In June, Fundación Bertelsmann announced that it had transferred management of the Ibero-American Network of Community Foundations and Community-like Organisations to Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis (ICom) in Brazil, who is now responsible for revitalising the network. Fundación Bertelsmann officially launched the network of 12 Spanish organisations, and one Portuguese, in February. In times of great global economic challenges and with Latin America growing rapidly, this change is a further evidence of the increasingly close relationship between both continents. This new management will enable members to share their experiences with other community foundations and address common challenges using local solutions. more »

IYF programme for Francophone Africa youth

Young social entrepreneurs in Francophone Africa will soon benefit from advanced training, networking, and funding opportunities through Innove4Africa, a leadership training initiative launched by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and local partner Synapse Center. The institute’s goal is to equip young French-speaking African leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen and scale up their social change projects. more »

22-29 July, AVPN Social Impact Measurement workshops | Conducted by Marlon van Dijk of Social Evaluator, the workshop will go in depth into the conduct of social impact assessment using the web social e-valuator tool. Cities: Mumbai, Singapore, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

24-26 July, EAAG Conference 2013 | Held in Mombasa, Kenya, the 2013 East Africa Philanthropy Conference is designed to explore local innovative strategies developed to link social investment with social impact.

12 August, Philanthropy, Charity, Nation Building & CSR Lecture | India International Centre (IIC), Business and Community Foundation (BCF), and Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy (SICP) invite you to attend this public lecture by Professor Prabhu S. Guptara.

20-23 August, IWRM Asia 2013 | The IWRM Asia 2013 in Jaipur (Rajasthan) India, offers five exciting masterclass tracks on strategy and governance, fundraising essentials, fundraising techniques, communications and advocacy, and financial management. Receive a free pass for this year's Fundraising Online sessions when you register for the IWRM Asia 2013 between 12-21 June.

10-11 September, XII Annual Congress of the Third Sector Research | As part of the 25th anniversary of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, the XIII Congress of the Third Sector Research will generate an academic exchange about the progress of civil society research in the country.

22-24 September, Social Good Summit 2013  | Join a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.

17-19 October, SVP's Audacious Philanthropy Conference 2013 | Conference registration is now open! Seize this opportunity to network with hundreds of philanthropists engaged in the hard work of social change.

18-19 November, Supporting Movements Conference | Join Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as part of its Scaling What Works initiative, and 200 grantmaking peers for the fall conference, Supporting Movements: A grantmaker gathering on collaborative approaches for social change, in Washington, D.C. Priority Registration opens 4 September.

26-27 November, EVPA Annual Conference | Registration is now open for the 9th EVPA Annual Conference, Responsible Leadership: Inspire and Act! Delegates can choose between the following streams: Tricks of the trade; Best practices; Building the market.

The University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions from individuals conducting interesting and important research in nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, or social innovation. more »

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 6, Issue 2 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be an open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organised philanthropy are invited. Submit abstracts to by 30 August 2013. more »

The Global Philanthropy Forum is seeking to recruit a Director for its newest endeavor, the African Philanthropy Forum—a network of African philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable economic development throughout the African continent. more »

The Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF) is aimed at improving the lives of poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. The IEIF will support approximately 7-8 proposals; interested organisations may apply to the fund for grants for up to 12 months with a maximum request of US$100,000, and may participate in more than one grant proposal. more »

Nominations for the 2013 Drivers of Change awards are now open. Nominate individuals, organisations or government agencies that demonstrate innovation and leadership to overcome poverty in southern Africa. Entries close on 27 July. more »

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