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June 2014 eNewsletter

“Better knowledge of philanthropic giving leads to greater participation and more favourable policies." Esther Tan, NVPC

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WINGS Webinar: Charity and Philanthropy in the BRICS

Join us on YouTube for a conversation with Joan Spero, author of the new report, "Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India and Brazil", and Tina Thiart (SACGLF), who comments on philanthropy in South Africa. (video)

Infrastructure in Focus: A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy (WINGS) identifies four elements that help to build and share common values: data, best practices, measuring impact, and communication.

This recent report by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of philanthropy in the so-called BRIC countries.

Community Foundations of Canada has received more than $430,000 of support from Canada ad giant PATTISON Outdoor Advertising to extend the reach of the CFC national awareness campaign. See #YouMakeYourCommunity media partners near you.

The revamped M4G website includes blogs, resources, a new “vision” page and a community portal, all to help increase the sector’s capacity to generate, share and use information.

The Foundation Center service, GrantCraft, has launched a more functional and friendly website with new blogs, case studies, events and more.

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

NEW! June issue of Alliance includes free article, "Why funding research is not enough" by Annie Duflo and Caroline Fiennes.

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

Philanthropy In Quote

“While there are numerous primary sources on economic development and wealth accumulation, I soon discovered that basic data—not even mentioning comparable data—on philanthropy and civil society simply did not exist.” Joan Spero, author of Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil

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Thanks to all of our members for your continued commitment to WINGS! In 2014 the network is stronger than ever—currently 70 dues paying member organizations from 40 countries! WINGS membership is the key to our future development. You can still join before 15 July. Be a part of the WINGS global network—join today!

Emerging economies and the future of philanthropy
This Issue of Dispatch highlights Charity and Philanthropy in the BRICs. The report by Joan Spero inspired our latest webinar, and we continue to explore scenes in developing countries, starting with Leonardo Letelier, who is using global "storysharing" to promote the culture of giving in Brazil, and a field update on philanthropy in Russia. We also examine civic engagement and local tradition in the Arab region, and look back on a successful lineup of global gatherings from COF, AVPN, IHRFG and WINGS.

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"Storysharing" can help build a global culture of giving
In our latest interview we talk to Leonardo Letelier, founder and CEO of SITAWI-Finance for Good in Brazil, about how a new trend he calls "storysharing" can help build a culture of giving around the world.

Philanthropy, human rights and emerging powers
In May, the IHRFG brought together in Rio a diverse group of people to talk about giving in emerging economies, specifically for human rights and social justice. Ana Borges Pinho (WINGS) reports.

Local traditions and global context
WINGS Chairman Atallah Kuttab looks at how reinvigorating local traditions and learning from other regions relate to a diverse and more "strategic" global philanthropic landscape.

Roundtable on philanthropy and development cooperation
This week Helena Monteiro (WINGS) joins a UNDP hosted roundtable to discuss contributions to the upcoming UN Development Cooperation Forum. See for background and a detailed agenda.

An insider's view on philanthropy in Russia
In the latest in a series on charity and philanthropy in BRIC countries, Maria Chertok (CAF Russia) reports on current trends. "Russian society traditionally has been suspicious of people with wealth."

Learning uniquely Asian issues at the 2014 AVPN Conference
AVPN's main event promoted a culture of information-sharing about social investing in Asia. Delegates were able to interact beforehand using AVPN Connector, an exclusive online community for targeted networking.

Bridging civic engagement theory and practice in the Arab world
Takaful 2014 in Lebanon focused on the interaction between scholarly analysis and lived experiences, with the aim of contributing to sound policy and practice in philanthropy and civic engagement in the Arab world.

Philanthropy must engage critical challenges facing public
Rob Garris (Rockefeller Foundation) reports from the 2014 Annual COF Conference. "Philanthropy can be the broker that brings disconnected parties and disparate entities together to create new bonds."

Baring Foundation's David Cutler reports
"The thing that struck me the most at WINGSForum 2014 was that this was a genuinely global affair. WINGS has come a long way from its roots in Mexico in 1998." Article via Alliance magazine.

How networking leads to powerful results
Understanding the power of networks is especially important for membership associations who pass down insights to their membership, inspiring new levels of commitment in the process. Article by Lourdes Sanz-Moguel.

The power of networks, locally and globally
"Reliable data is a tool that explains what philanthropy is, what grantmakers do, and how these concepts can contribute to local communities. Data can and does show that we are not alone." Article by Ansis Bērziņš.

A good head and good heart, formidable combination
"CAF is the oldest member organization of WINGS, and it is rare to have an opportunity to connect with those whose work is so connected to my own." Article by Fiona Budd.

New Features! WINGS Knowledge Center is new and improved! Now you can search hundreds of seminal publications and upload your documents using new categories!

Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil
The new report by Joan Spero builds awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of philanthropy in the so-called BRIC countries.

WINGS report: Infrastructure in Focus
Infrastructure in Focus: A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy identifies four elements that help build and share common values: data, best practices, impact measurement, and communication.

2014 Global Peace Index
The 2014 Global Peace Index has just been released along with new groundbreaking research that identifies the countries most at risk of instability and violence.

Getting Started In Venture Philanthropy In Asia
A practical guide to help founders, sponsors and funders of new venture philanthropy and social investment organizations in Asia.

19-20 June, International Development Cooperation :: Various actors convene in Turkey to discuss contributions to the UN Development Cooperation Forum in July.

23-26 July, 2014 Nexus Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship :: Participation by invitation and application only. Space is limited so apply soon.

24-26 Sep, IFIP World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy :: Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), IFIP will host its biggest event ever in New York City.

18 Oct, 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations - COF :: Celebrate the community foundation centennial alongside the Cleveland Foundation, the nation's first community foundation.

20-21 Oct, Philanthropy in Asia Summit :: This invitation-only event will challenge business-as-usual through fresh perspectives stemming from creativity, artistry and social passion.

20-22 Oct, PFC 2014 Conference :: Explore the social and environmental issues facing Canada in the 21st century through a lens of collaboration and philanthropic innovation.

Click here for a list of main events in the WINGS global network.

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