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July 2015 Newsletter

WINGS Updates

We’re happy to welcome our newest member, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a US-based nonprofit that helps donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy around the world.

Now Recruiting

WINGS is now accepting applications for a Membership and Development Coordinator.

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Network Events

AVPN, Capacity Development Model Pre-engagement
30 Jul, Webinar Online

TechSoup, Doing More with Social Media
6 Aug, Webinar Online

ACSEP, Measuring & Improving Social Impact
26-27 Aug, Singapore

C20 Summit
15-16 Sep, Istanbul

Employee Volunteering Conference
22-23 Sep, Johannesburg

UK Community Foundations Conference
23-25 Sep, Belfast

SVI Critical Mass Conference
19-20 Oct, London

Philanthropy Southwest 2015 Annual Conference
22-24 Oct, Santa Fe US

5th Annual Takaful
4-5 Nov, Abu Dhabi

EVPA Annual Conference
1-2 Dec, Madrid

Full conference list

Executive Director Helena Monteiro joins WINGS members in a series of guest essays commissioned for the State of Civil Society Report 2015.

The Community Foundation Atlas identifies 1,800+ community philanthropy organizations in 70 countries.

IssueLab hosted an exchange with social sector professionals to discuss how we publish and share our knowledge.

Share your grant data with the Foundation Center’s eReporting Program. Use Foundation Maps tool to see the "who, what and where" of funding worldwide.

NEW BLOG! Niamani Mutima (AGAG) recaps the AGN Assembly in Arusha, describing it as "an important event that brings together a rich cross section of people who reflect the diverse landscape of African philanthropy". Alliance features articles by key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members get a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Issue 8 of Philanthropy Impact Magazine explores inequality and poverty, and the ability of philanthropists to be part of a global solution.

Philanthropy In Quote

"Digital innovation is one area where I think Americans have a great deal to learn from what’s happening around the globe. I call this the ‘Age of Digital Assumption’. We should assume that coders will create apps to help disaster respondents; that social media will be part of communications strategies; that online security is an important challenge; and that behaviours and capacities of the digital age – both promise and peril – are here to stay." Lucy Bernholz, Blueprint 2015

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Global philanthropy goes deeper with digital engagement
This issue explores the digital landscape of global philanthropy, with social campaigns from TrustAfrica, Dasra, Social Good Brasil and TechSoup; we share reports from IHRFG, EVPA and CIVICUS; highlight perspectives on Arab philanthropy; and share resources for digital engagement, including a brand new domain bundle and online community from Enset and PIR.

Network News

Changing the face of the social sector online
Jeri Curry (Enset) says shifting the global nonprofit standard to new domains will help change the virtual face of the social sector. "Part of sustainability is having a web presence and being part of the community online."

Philanthropy infrastructure in a transforming world
For the latest CIVICUS civil society report, Helena Monteiro (WINGS) highlights the features of an enabling environment for philanthropy, and the role infrastructure support organizations play in helping to achieve them.

The shift towards digital philanthropy
Evans Rebello (Dasra) shares a viral social campaign in India and an event in New York that led to an interactive virtual diary to highlight girls’ issues, and previews online resources for the sector.

'Stop the Bleeding' seeks to end illicit financial flows from Africa
TrustAfrica is one of six Pan-African organizations to launch a unified campaign against illicit financial flows. This subject is a "key part of the conversations on Africa’s development road map".

African Youth in Philanthropy and the AGN Conference
Global Alliance for Development Foundation and Nexus Africa hosted the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference before the AGN Biennial Assembly this month. Article by Ashleigh Davids.

How data fuels social change #NPTechChat
Friends and partners joined TechSoup Global, Datakind and +SocialGood for a tweetchat about data, social change and #Data4Good, a movement about using data to make the world a better place.

Promoting community and social justice philanthropy in Brazil
A recent convening in Rio de Janeiro explored the promotion of social justice philanthropy in Brazil, taking an important step towards building a platform for community and social justice in the country.

Instituto Rio hosts Comunalia for exchange programme
Mexican community foundations and CBOs in Brazil shared their learnings and experience, encouraging collective knowledge building and new collaborations between the two countries.

Organizations bet on strategic communications
An upcoming GIFE survey will shed light on how communication is incorporated into the making of institutes, foundations and companies.

IHRFG launches working group, releases key findings
The working group will bridge gaps between teams navigating cross-border funding restrictions, while new human rights grantmaking research builds on previous reports to analyze funding flows.

Essential steps to social media influencer stardom
Successful social brands are measured by the strength of networks, the relevance of content, and the scope of engagement. "The power of your reach must drive change; both on the social web and offline."

Distributed communication can help us reach our SDGs
Chris Delatorre (WINGS) reports on the International Conference on Social Media for Good, linking the Post-2015 Agenda and the concept of diffuse collaboration to a new framework for distributed social networking.

Nepal 60 days later — what funders should know
Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) looks at how education, housing, health care and other critical needs have developed in Nepal since April in a four-panelist webinar.

Knowledge Center

State of Civil Society Report 2015
This new report from CIVICUS maps civil society’s current challenges and guides organizations as they develop their own responses.

Tweeting for a Better World
This report charts a pilot project where the expertise of a nonprofit advisor was used to help six grantees plan effective social media strategies.

Perspectives on Arab & Global Philanthropy
Learnings from a recent meeting with WINGS members and allies held in Berlin in June. Introduction by WINGS Chairman Atallah Kuttab.

Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa
This report from Southern Africa Trust explores the experiences of its partners in coordinating collaborative campaigns for policy change.

From Prosperity To Purpose
This study describes the philanthropic environment and illuminates the social investments of wealthy individuals in six Latin American countries.

CSI Strategies: New Paths for Collaborative Growth
This EVPA report charts the increased corporate activities in investment oriented approaches to solving social and environmental problems.

Haiti Funders Forum Feasibility Study
This summary includes recommendations on values, mission, and goals; functions and activities; and institutional and operational aspects.

Social Media Campaign Checklist
This checklist from Simply Measured will help take the stress out of better social media campaign planning.


[more] WINGS is seeking a Coordinator for Membership and Development. Apply by Friday, 31 July.

[more] Submit your abstract for the 5TH International Symposium on Cross Sector Social Interactions by 30 September.

[more] The SGB Lab helps facilitate projects that use technology and new media to improve the world (Portuguese).

[more] Visit the C20 Discussion Forum to voice your opinions on key issues facing the world today, and register for the September event.

[more] HistPhil, a new web publication, explores contemporary philanthropic issues and practices through a historical lens.

[more] Search every grant awarded by The Getty Foundation, one of the largest philanthropies in the US, using its new grants database.

[more] Communicating Global Giving is a new publication that looks at philanthropy exclusively through a communications lens.

[more] The Other Foundation invites grant applications for human rights work in 13 eligible southern African countries. Deadline 31st July.

[more] Nominate CSOs and individuals in southern Africa who are working to end poverty by 31 July.

[more] Instituto Rio invites nominations for the Geraldo Jordão Pereira Award for innovations in culture, education and community development.

[more] Sign up and receive updates for the new Post-2015 Partnership Platform website launching in September.

[more] Join millions around the world through the Global Citizen movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.

[more] Contribute to the African Giving Knowledge Base. Submit your knowledge products to

[more] John D. Gerhart Center at American University in Cairo is accepting abstract submissions for Takaful 2015, held in Abu Dhabi in November.

[more] CAF Donate is an online donation processing platform where you can manage your multi-channel fundraising with ease.

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