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June 2015 Newsletter

WINGS Updates

4Cs Framework PLE, Madrid

WINGS and DAFNE members: Join us on 16-17 July to discuss the development of an evaluative framework for philanthropy infrastructure organizations, developed by the field and for the field, with the end goal of creating a self-assessment tool. Limited availability, register here.

Webinar Series

FATF and Cross-Border Giving

View our webinar on the latest FATF Best Practice Paper revision and learn how it can affect nonprofits, what's been done so far and what you can do locally. Presenters from EFC, AEF and COF.

Diaspora Philanthropy Recap

Otar Makharashavili (Bolder Giving) reported on our recent webinar on diaspora giving.

Network Events

AVPN, Social Entrepreneurship Sector in China
25 Jun, Webinar Online

ACCP Webcast with CAF
25 Jun, Webcast Online

EEAG East Africa Philanthropy Conference
30 Jun, Arusha

IHRFG, Public Opinion Toward Human Rights
30 Jun, Webinar Online

AGN Philanthropy in Africa 2015
1-3 Jul, Arusha

International Convening of the Network of Independent Funds for Social Justice
8-10 Jul, Rio de Janeiro

IHRFG NY Institute and 2015 Conference
13-15 Jul, New York City

2015 Forum Annual Conference
21-23 Jul, Baltimore US

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

The Sustainable Development 2015 mini-site from CIVICUS and Stakeholder Forum equips you with information and tools to implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy.

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.

FREE READ! This Alliance special feature connects a big shift in the sector to Sierra Leone’s frontline response during the height of the Ebola outbreak. Alliance magazine features articles by key thinkers from around the world. WINGS members get a 20% discount on new subscriptions.

Philanthropy In Quote

"Grantmakers in Africa have become stronger and their missions clearer. In the future I expect much more of the decision-making and agenda-setting to rest on the shoulders of Africans themselves, who have already demonstrated ample capacity. The challenge to international grantmakers is to support this shift, which in my opinion may well lead to more effective interventions, more productive relationships with local civil society groups and young people, and – eventually – more trusting relationships between private foundations, NGOs and governments." Karen Colvard, HF Guggenheim Foundation

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Supporting civil society and community philanthropy
This Dispatch of civil society and community philanthropy initiatives includes event recaps and interviews with Mott, CoF and SVI. Our focus on Sub-Saharan and MENA regions reveals new reports from Halima Mahomed and CAF, and we share the 2015 Index of Philanthropic Freedom, the latest GPI, and a new Post-2015 report from UNDP.

Network News

Community philanthropy is growing
The number of community philanthropy organizations more than doubled between 2000 and 2014. We asked Natalie Ross (COF) and Nick Deychakiwsky (Mott) to share a few of the most recent developments in the field.

Jeremy Nicholls on the evolution of impact measurement
Following a meeting on SROI in June, we asked Jeremy Nicholls (Social Value International), for his thoughts on how impact measurement might evolve over the next 15 years.

Supporting civil society in Syria
Prominent Syrian civic leaders and donors met in Milan last month to discuss local efforts to rebuild communities, establish inclusive citizenship, and broker peace. Includes a special session report.

WINGS at the EFC AGA and Conference 2015
The link between philanthropy, environment and development is key for a sustainable future, and the connection was made well this year in Milan. WINGS Knowledge Management Coordinator Ana Pinho reports.

Ordinary citizens believe their giving can make a difference
A recent report on giving in South Africa’s most populous province carries a clear message: "I believe I can make a difference in both the present and the future for my fellow citizens, my community and my country."

Regulation and Corporate Social Investment
Legislation may incentivize CSI, but Halima Mahomed says regulation alone isn't enough. "CSI needs to be grounded in intensive consultation that caters to the civil society sector it envisions supporting."

Measuring change and growth in African philanthropy
The AGN, together with the Independent Development Fund (IDF) and the East African Association of Grantmakers, co-convened a peer learning event earlier this year in Kampala, Uganda.

Regulatory Framework for CSOs in Brazil
The new legal framework for CSO-government partnerships, created by the Law 13.019/2014, will become effective in Brazil in July. GIFE will host a course and online debate on the subject (Portuguese).

Bridging Arab and global approaches to philanthropy
During an event in Berlin on Arab philanthropy, the Robert Bosch Academy held a debate with WINGS Chairman Atallah Kuttab to discuss opportunities and challenges of philanthropic work.

Interview with Jane Wales at the Global Philanthropy Forum
In this interview for Alliance magazine, Jane Wales shares two key lessons learned during the Forum’s 15-year history: "collaboration is always, always a plus" and "philanthropy is constantly inventing."

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.

EFC Conference 2015 focuses on sustainability
This year’s conference closely paralleled the World Expo 2015 theme of sustainability, including youth power, social equality and community resilience. View opening and closing plenaries.

Aktive Bürgerschaft honors German community foundations
Since 2002 the organization has used the award, which also serves to foster exchange between community foundations, to create synergy between institutions, individuals and local community foundations.

Knowledge Center

Infrastructure in Focus: Community Philanthropy
This WINGS report shares new data on CP infrastructure organizations, suggesting how our practice and knowledge about them can improve.

Philanthropy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Post-2015 Partnership Platform seeks to identify opportunities and promote partnerships for philanthropy and private social investment.

2015 Global Peace Index
New research reveals an increasingly divided world.  Explore the data for yourself on the interactive Global Peace Index map.

Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015
GCP measures, ranks and compares countries on their ease of giving in this first analysis of philanthropic freedom across the world.

Individual Giving by 'Ordinary People' in Gauteng Province, SA
This CAF report suggests that people are committed to helping each other, reflecting South Africa's standing in the most recent World Giving Index.

Black Economic Empowerment Legislation and CSI
This report explores the perceived influence of legislation in Africa that regulates the responsibilities of business to the transformation of society.

Enabling Environments for Philanthropy Through Tax Incentives
KCDF’s analysis explores the state of philanthropy in Kenya and the role that tax incentives play in promoting philanthropy there.


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