Philanthropy Infrastructure: Promoting and supporting the field
WINGS members have the opportunity to be featured in a brand new report on philanthropy infrastructure that will be launched at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul. The report will map the philanthropy infrastructure community worldwide, analysing its role, and highlighting trends and challenges. To participate, WINGS members can login at our website and update their profile information—the more complete profiles are, the better the picture of philanthropy infrastructure! You’ll be hearing more from Ana Pinho, Knowledge Management Coordinator.
Partnerships give us a shared vision and purpose
Partnerships is the focus of this edition of WINGS Dispatch. At the UN Special Policy Dialogue in April, Sigrid Kaag characterized partnership as "having a shared vision and agreeing on a way forward." We agree. After all, that's what being part of a global network in philanthropy is all about and we're growing. This month we're happy to welcome our newest member, China Foundation Center, and our existing membership is in the midst of an intense and productive Events circuit (see below). In this issue we recap the Community Foundations of Canada Conference and a successful transparency and accountability event with AFE in Colombia, and we take a look at Good, Evil, Wicked, the upcoming book based on the ambitious collaboration led by Gayle Peterson and Hilda Vega of Partners4Change. In just nine months WINGSForum 2014 will bring together a diverse group of partners from around the world, and we are inviting you to share your proposals to make it the best WINGSForum yet. Stay tuned to our website and keep in touch—let's keep our global partnership thriving!
Pairing "wicked problems" with partnerships
Gayle Peterson and Hilda Vega are leading a broad spectrum of collaborations for the forthcoming book, Good, Evil Wicked: The Art, Science, and Business of Giving, published by Stanford University Press. The book will capture an emerging culture of global giving trends and practices in the 21st Century as the business sector takes a more prominent role in addressing global social change challenges. Peterson and Vega recently laid out the ambitious project, emphasising the importance of building unlikely partnerships and keeping a realistic perspective on what Peterson calls "intractable issues.” more »
CFC 2013 Conference—Truly inspiring
Two years ago Canada’s Governor General gave a memorable speech, calling for a smart and caring nation towards the country’s 150th anniversary in 2017. That was the inspiration for the Community Foundations of Canada to launch the Smart & Caring Communities effort. A sense of innovation and collaboration to strengthen the community foundation movement set the tone of the CFC 2013 Conference: Inspiring Smart & Caring Communities. The CFC Conference also gave WINGS the opportunity to gather members to participate in a lively Peer Learning Event on effective, innovative, and solution-oriented approaches to promote and support community foundations. more »
Exchanging ideas on transparency in Latin America
WINGS and Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (Association of Corporate Foundations, AFE) of Colombia recently organised a workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, on transparency and accountability of social organisations in Latin America. The objective was to exchange ideas on the importance of accountability in the social sector, and discuss how civil society organisations can be more transparent. A report of the workshop will be available online in the coming weeks. more »
Unified SVP brand shows collective strength
Recently the Social Venture Partners Network celebrated 15 years and is enjoying rapid expansion. Standing at 32 members in the US, Canada, Japan, India and Australia—and with more in the pipeline—the Network decided to bring all the cities together under one common brand to communicate its vision and impact more clearly. SVP produced a video and refreshed its website to commemorate the transition. more »
EFC Conference—Toward a moment of great victory
Does luck play a role in the work of a foundation that achieves great results? According to a survey filled out by 80 European foundations, it does. The session entitled ‘Good to Great Philanthropy’ at this year’s European Foundation Centre Conference explored the difference between being a good foundation and being a great one. Based on academic research, the session team designed a list of 28 measures of greatness in a foundation and asked European foundations to rank them through the aforementioned survey. The variance in the data revealed not one but several paths to greatness. Article by Chandrika Sahai. more »
27 June, WINGS Data Charter Webinar | Join WINGS in discussions around the Global Philanthropy Data Charter. This webinar is for WINGS network participants only. If you are not a part of the WINGS Network and would like to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1-2 July, International Forum Russia 2013 | Join CAF Russia, the GFCF and others in St. Petersburg for "Emerging Societies - Emerging Philanthropies", where leading philanthropists from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the South East Asian, African and Arab regions come together for mutual learning and debate among philanthropists and foundation practitioners. The forum will also host the first award ceremony for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize.
10-12 July, IHRFG 2013 New York Conference and Pre-Conference Institute | Participants will learn about global negotiations, adaptation and mitigation, and climate-related international finance. Register by 1 July.
16 July, WINGS Social Return on Investment Webinar | Join new WINGS members, the Social Return on Investment Network (UK) and Filantrofilia (Mexico), for a lively presentation and discussion on this exciting trend in the philanthropic field.
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.
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.
17-19 October, SVP's Audacious Philanthropy Conference 2013 | 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.
+Acumen online leadership academy will offer a full suite of courses throughout 2013, beginning with the five-week Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation course. All courses are free and open to everyone. Register by 3rd July. more »
The Southern Africa Trust is looking to appoint qualified candidates to a number of positions, including Deputy Head of Programmes; Programme Managers for Civil Society Capability, Policy Dialogue Mechanisms, Civil Society Funding; Finance Manager; and Events Officer. 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 »
The Arab Human Rights Fund seeks an experienced, creative and energetic Executive Director to carry out its ambitious programs. Under her/his able leadership the Fund should make major strides in supporting groups to realize the vision of enjoyment of all human rights by all in the Arab region. 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 »