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March 2014 eNewsletter

New Conference Calendar

What’s happening in the global philanthropy community? See our new conference calendar page for a list of major events.

Renew Your Pledge to WINGS with a Full 2014 Membership!

We've extended the deadline to renew your full membership. Join by 15th May and become an official member of the only global network of associations and support organisations serving philanthropy—make the WINGS pledge today!

Infrastructure in Focus: A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

We launch our new report on philanthropy infrastructure at WINGSForum next week. Download the report from our website on 31 March.

In your opinion, what is the main barrier to transparency?

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WINGSForum Interviews

Next week we hold our flagship event in Istanbul. Catch up with these interviews featuring event speakers:

Barbara Ibrahim & Başak Ersen Avila Kilmurray: Community
Steve Waddell: Networks

Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil

A new 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. Look for the report on 24 March.

Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

This GrantCraft report explores how transparency can strengthen credibility, improve grantee relationships, facilitate collaboration, build communities of shared learning and more.

New EVPA Report: Social Impact Strategies for Banks

Read insightful and in-depth case studies from a selected group of pioneers in a variety of European countries, with extended analysis to other European banks with relevant initiatives.

EVPA Conference Highlights Failure Amidst Success

EVPA's annual conference linked openness and transparency to responsible leadership.

Glasspockets: Share Your Wealth of Knowledge

When you trade isolation for communication, you increase the effectiveness of your foundation and improve the trust that the public has in what you do.

Philanthropy In/Sight®

WINGS members receive a free one-year subscription to 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

"A podcast invites a unique type of conversation-based storytelling. I believe in the power of the podcast medium to reach individuals where it matters: between the ears." Lori Melichar, Pioneering Ideas Podcast, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Next week we will convene in Istanbul with fellow professionals representing grantmakers and support organisations from all over the world to discuss current trends in the sector. Make sure you are signed up for pre-conference workshops and the post-conference city tour — seats are selling out fast! View the updated programme agenda and secure your visa today! If you have questions, contact programme coordinator Jane Mayer at

Now you can experience WINGSForum 2014 from anywhere in the world by connecting with us on social media!

Join our live-tweeting event from your laptop or mobile phone beginning 27 March as we live-tweet select plenaries and breakout sessions. Join the conversation with #WFnetworks and follow us on Twitter @wings_info for news, events, resources and more!

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) will co-host the event at the world-class Point Hotel in Istanbul from 27-29 March 2014.

Philanthropy infrastructure and a culture of transparency

We’re excited about this issue of Dispatch, which focuses on transparency in the sector, beginning with an interview with new WINGS board member Tao Ze. We also welcome Vikki Spruill (COF) and Andre Degenszajn (GIFE) to the board of directors, and new WINGS members—CF Singapore, CRUSA, and ERFIP—to the global network. We highlight several reports, including a brand new collaboration with the Foundation Center on philanthropy in BRIC countries, and we take a closer look at grantmaking in a global context. Next week we will have a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face under one roof to celebrate our accomplishments and map the road ahead as we convene on the beautiful city of Istanbul. We look forward to making history with you at WINGSForum 2014!

Tao Ze—setting a new standard for foundations in China

In our latest interview, WINGS board member Tao Ze explains the implications of CFC's Foundation Transparency Index, which ranks Chinese foundations against a list of 47 transparency indicators. “As philanthropy grows around the world, maximizing impact becomes more than a shared vision for the sector." more »

Vikki Spruill on transprency and the power of networks

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations and WINGS board member, gives us her take on transparency in the sector. “The more we collectively operate as a part of a holistic philanthropic network, the closer we will come to working together to create a just and globally prosperous society.” more »

Why grantmaking matters

WINGS' Helena Monteiro says grantmaking has been dismissed as an essential strategy to bring about social change, but suggests there is cause for hope. "Our members see grantmaking as an invaluable strategy to support civil society in addressing the most complex issues and contributing to social change.” more »

A global take on grantmaking

For a special issue of Alliance magazine, we surveyed our network to understand how membership associations and support organizations regard grantmaking, including views on civil society, challenges, and new forms of philanthropy. Impact investing was seen as a major focus worldwide. Helena Monteiro and Ana Pinho report. more »

Olga Alexeeva—Historic growth in private giving in Russia

The global philanthropy community will honour the life and work of Olga Alexeeva at a special awards ceremony at WINGSForum on 27 March. Alexeeva’s dedication is shown in this essay on giving in Russia from Philanthropy Impact Magazine. “There are challenges to this growth of giving that Russia experiences today.” more »

UBS launches "Philanthropy Compass" at WINGSForum

The UBS Philanthropy Compass will help philanthropists become more impactful through a structured, personal approach. Silvia Bastante de Unverhau of UBS says the company "wants to play an important role in developing best practice in the philanthropy sector." more »

Philanthropy in Latin America

WINGS’ Helena Monteiro joins other key voices in Latin America for an update on philanthropy in the region, published by Philanthropy Impact Magazine. Contributors also include Andre Degenszjain (GIFE), Carolina Suarez (AFE), Carolina Langan (GDFE), and Jorge Villalobos (CEMEFI). more »

A new pattern emerging in Saudi Arabia?

WINGS Chairman Atallah Kuttab and Natasha Matic (King Khalid Foundation) share insights into philanthropy in Saudi Arabia, including a new discourse that draws on both local culture and knowledge from other regions. The authors say philanthropy is “engaged in key socioeconomic problems and improving its measurement of impact.” more »

African Philanthropy Forum addresses infrastructure

Topics covered in Addis Ababa included policy and governance, improving collaborations, and the role of philanthropy infrastructure. Jane Wales, Global Philanthropy Forum president and co-founder, will moderate a panel on trends in philanthropy at WINGSForum 2014. Article by Barbara Ibrahim. more »

27-29 Mar, WINGSForum 2014 | Registration is now closed. If you have questions or want to join the waiting list, contact Programme Coordinator Jane Mayer.

23-25 Apr, Global Philanthropy Forum Conference 2014 | Join the GPF in exploring global goals and citizen solutions—and the process of redefinition.

24 Apr, SVP Spring Gathering | The Social Venture Partners Gathering is your opportunity to drill down on a topic that is vital to thriving organizations and communities. This year's topic is leadership.

14-15 May, AVPN 2014 Annual Conference | This year's conference embarks on a journey to address the three fundamental pillars of venture philanthropy: financial, human and intellectual capital. Early-bird tickets expire soon.

20-22 May, IHRFG Funder Learning Visit to Brazil | What does the current human rights funding landscape look like in Brazil, and what trends does it imply for Latin America? Capacity is limited. Registration opens soon.

4-6 Jun, Takaful 2014 - Fourth Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement | The Takaful Conference is an annual opportunity for a broad and multi-disciplinary community of scholars and practitioners to interact around these important topics.

12-13 Jun, SROI Network Conference, Milan | The event will focus on how social value is used to create change, and will include cross-sector case studies with speakers covering Valuation, Investment, Assurance, Commissioning, and more. See the event brochure and register here.

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.

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.

Australia New Zealand Third Sector Research (ANZTSR) welcomes abstracts for its Biennial Conference, "Resilience, Change and the Third Sector" in November, on issues relevant to volunteers, philanthropy, and indigenous and non-profit organisations. Deadline is 30 April. more »

The Foundation Review is soliciting abstracts of up to 250 words for an upcoming open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organised philanthropy are invited. more »

IHRFG invites grantmakers to submit proposals on topics related to human rights and human rights funding for its New York 2014 Institute, which will take place on 14 July. more »

USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions from individuals conducting important research in nonprofit orgs, philanthropy, or social innovation. more »

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