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March 2013 eNewsletter


WINGSForum 2014 Update

We're excited to announce that Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) will co-host WINGSForum 2014, to be held at the world-class Point Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27-29 March 2014.

Participants see WINGSForum as a valuable opportunity for professional development, relationship building and knowledge sharing.

Our Network In Numbers

Thanks to our members and allies around the world, we're ready to start sharing useful information on the global sector, including a new infographic produced in partnership with the Foundation Center. If you haven’t updated your profile yet, please log in today—it only takes a few minutes and the results will have a lasting impact!


Knowledge Center

UN Development Report

Rapid economic growth in the South will radically reshape the world of the 21st century.

Download Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World from the Knowledge Center today.

TechSoup gives qualified nonprofits and libraries access to donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit and Symantec.

CAFAmerica now offers free equivalency determination (ED) services, where ED is appropriate, to all its clients with a CAFAmerica Donor Advised Fund or who give a Donor Advised Gift. Available for a limited time through NGOAmerica.org, a project of CAFAmerica designed to streamline international and enhance domestic grantmaking (see "No Fee Equivalency Determination" on the NGOAmerica news page).

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

"CECP’s mission has evolved from pure philanthropy to making progress on societal challenges through any and all corporate means.... We have some companies among our members who are ready to teach the world.” Daryl Brewster, CECP


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WINGS at the UN, emerging economies, and the future of data

This edition of WINGS Dispatch looks at philanthropy in emerging economies around the world. Alliance magazine's latest issue on emerging markets features a number of compelling voices, including our very own Jenny Hodgson (GFCF), Fernando Rossetti (GIFE) and Maria Chertok (CAF Russia). WINGS further explores the issue in a webinar on 28th March. Meanwhile, the International Forum Russia in St. Petersburg is set to host the first award ceremony for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize, rewarding philanthropy development in emerging economies. According to the UNDP's 2013 Human Development Report, rapid economic growth in the Global South will bring several collaboration opportunities. WINGS will engage with the United Nations next month for a special policy dialogue on the role of private philanthropic organisations in international development cooperation. Also in this issue, we recap the successful launch of a new global consultation on philanthropy data held in Rio just weeks ago, and we take a look at the Gates Foundation data interoperability challenge.

Alliance magazine on Alexeeva prize and the Global South

WINGS Board Member Maria Chertok says "we need more chances to share experiences and find inspiration in the successes of our peers." This month, Alliance magazine does just that with its emerging markets issue. Chertok guest edited the issue with Filiz Bikmen, former TUSEV Director. WINGS sat with Chertok and longtime Alliance magazine editor Caroline Hartnell to talk about the publication and how WINGS members in the Global South and other emerging economies can share their stories. Hartnell: "We really want to find and publish good stories about philanthropy and social investment from all over the world—and this is where I hope WINGS members can help us." more »

WINGS to co-facilitate United Nations event in April

The United Nations Economic and Social Council, UNDP, UNDESA, the OECD Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) and WINGS are co-organising a Special Policy Dialogue on the role of private philanthropic organisations in international development cooperation. The meeting will build on the 2012 Special Policy Dialogue of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), responding to a call by the 2010 MDG Summit on foundations to enhance their role in supporting national development efforts and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A global e-discussion will be facilitated by UNDP and WINGS prior to the event, allowing a broad range of stakeholders to contribute inputs. more »

Global charter on philanthropy data

The Global Consultation on Philanthropy Data was the first in a series of meetings that will engage stakeholders in a discussion about the key principles and a common vision for data collection on philanthropy across the globe. The meeting, held in Rio de Janeiro from 27 February to 1 March, brought together 24 individuals from every region of the world who share an interest in or a responsibility for the collection and analysis of data on philanthropy. The aim of the consultation is to develop a global charter on data in philanthropy. more »

Gates Foundation to reward social data innovation

The social sector is full of passion, experience and unwavering commitment, and data has become an invaluable decision-making tool. But data sets are often isolated, fragmented and hard to use. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Liquidnet for Good, is looking for groundbreaking ideas to address data interoperability issues. Each challenge winner will receive a grant of $100,000. more »

More growth for venture philanthropy in Europe

The European Venture Philanthropy (VP) and Social Investment (SI) sector continues to evolve rapidly, becoming more sophisticated in the use of instruments to generate greater societal impact. These results are presented in a new report based on a survey conducted by the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). This is the 2nd edition of the comprehensive survey of the dynamic Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment organisations (VPOs) based in Europe. more »

The globalisation of private social investment

Instituto C&A, WINGS funder and supporter of the global philanthropy data charter initiative, recently interviewed WINGS Executive Director Helena Monteiro on the globalisation of private social investment. "I think one of the changes is precisely the economic growth of emerging countries, which leads to increased social investment in these locations," she said. Monteiro also mentioned our work in global data research and capacity building. Survey results will be released in full at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul. more »

Brazil enters global philanthropy industry

In a recent Alliance magazine editorial, WINGS Board Member and former GIFE Secretary General Fernando Rossetti shared his views on the burgeoning philanthropy sector in the South, comparing Brazilian social investment with North American philanthropy. Other contributing WINGS board members include Jenny Hodgson (GFCF) and Maria Chertok (CAF Russia). Rossetti: "The wealth produced by Brazil’s emerging economy has led to what could be called a ‘philanthropy boom’ in the country . . . however, there are more differences than similarities between philanthropy in Brazil and that in other, more developed countries." more »

28 March, WINGS Webinar: Philanthropy In Emerging Markets | The last decade has seen profound economic changes, whereby growth has shifted from long established developed countries to the Global South. Join us as we focus on the roles of community and corporate foundations within the context of this new global scenario. Moderated by Maria Chertok (CAF Russia). register »

7-9 April, COF 2013 Annual Conference | Join the Council on Foundations in Chicago for "Vision & Action" as foundation CEOs and leaders showcase today's pressing issues in philanthropy, including gun violence, health, education and more.

23 April, Development Cooperation Forum | WINGS has partnered with UNDP, UNDESA and netFWD (OECD Global Network of Foundations Working for Development) to host a special policy dialogue on the role of private philanthropic organisations in international development cooperation. WINGS and UNDP will hold e-consultations between 25 March and 5 April.

9 May, AVPN Annual Conference 2013 | Up to 300 delegates from the Asia Pacific and other regions active in Asia including AVPN members and active supporters will participate in "Creating Social Impact: blending philanthropic and investment capital", the first and largest gathering of venture philanthropists and social investors in the region.

20-24 May, CAF Foundation School 2013 | Join the Charities Aid Foundation in Oxford, UK, to learn from global philanthropy experts and practitioners on how to run successful philanthropic initiatives, and share your own experiences with peers from around the world.

30 May -1 June, EFC Annual Conference | Join the EFC and 500 foundations and partners as they convene in Copenhagen for "Sustainable Cities: Foundations and our urban future". George Soros, Open Society Foundations Founder and Chairman, will give the keynote closing speech. #AGA24

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. You can vote for your favorite nominee here. Event info here.

Glasspockets is conducting a short survey to assess ways to improve its website to better engage and inform towards the goal of greater foundation transparency. Closing date is 29 March. survey »

The European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) 2013 Conference aims to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas between academics from various disciplines and practitioners from the philanthropic sector. Deadline for proposals is 1 April. more »

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Liquidnet for Good, is looking for groundbreaking ideas to address data interoperability issues. Each challenge winner will receive a grant of $100,000 and applications will be accepted through 7 May. more »

The WPI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to scholars whose primary research focus is women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving. Offered by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. Application deadline is 30 April. more »

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