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May 2013 eNewsletter


WINGSForum 2014—
The Power of Networks: Building Connected Global Philanthropy

It's the perfect time to think about what you would like to see and do at WINGSForum. WINGS members will soon be invited to submit session ideas. More info soon!

Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) will co-host WINGSForum 2014 at the world-class Point Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27-29 March 2014. WINGSForum is a valuable opportunity for professional development, relationship building and knowledge sharing.


WINGS Data Network

We're happy to welcome new WINGS member, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). Founded in 1987, FCAA is the only US-based organisation comprised of and for private philanthropic institutions concerned about, engaged in or potentially active in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


Knowledge Center

Frameworks for African Philanthropy

Africa's people share deep-rooted values of social solidarity, human dignity, and inter-personal connectedness. This corresponds to the Western notion of philanthropy—the desire to promote the wellbeing of others or, put simply, 'to love people'. But in the past, we have had philanthropy done to us as Africans with little recognition that there is a vast field of philanthropic practice alive in Africa.

Download Sizing the Field: Frameworks for a New Narrative of African Philanthropy from the Knowledge Center today.

Amelia Fauzia's Faith and the State offers a comprehensive historical development of Islamic philanthropy—zakat (almsgiving), sedekah (donation) and waqf (religious endowment)—from the time of the Islamic monarchs, through the period of Dutch colonialism and up to contemporary Indonesia. It shows a rivalry between faith and the state: between efforts to involve the state in managing philanthropic activities and efforts to keep them under control of Muslim civil society.

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. This month we're featured partner in the Center's E-Updates for Grantmakers newsletter.


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

"Solutions to shared social challenges should not be proprietary. To achieve our social missions we should share what we know—widely, accessibly, and openly. We should define our work and our enterprises by our data and data practices." Lucy Bernholz


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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.

Discover the power of networks

This edition of WINGS Dispatch is about networks. We learn more each day how important they are, and we're proud to be part of a growing global network that truly affects change, from small villages to larger communities, to nation states and beyond. We stress the role of partnerships in our report from the UN Special Policy Dialogue, and we recap the Global Philanthropy Forum, AVPN and Philanthropy New Zealand Conferences—resounding the successes and ongoing challenges in the sector. We have an exciting lineup of global events, a number of new opportunities from the network, and this month we give a special welcome to our newest member, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). It's also the perfect time to think about WINGSForum 2014. In just 10 months our flagship event will harness The Power of Networks, providing a collaborative space where diverse ideas and innovations can flourish. Join us on our website and blog, and keep in contact—we look forward to continue building with you!

Building connected global philanthropy

Next March, key players from around the world will convene at WINGSForum 2014 for The Power of Networks: Building Connected Global Philanthropy. WINGS met with board member Barbara Ibrahim at the UNDP Special Policy Dialogue in New York to forecast the event, and TUSEV’s Başak Ersen gave us a brief look at philanthropy in the host country of Turkey. "Although the challenges that every organisation faces differ from country to country, there are common obstacles we can collaborate on and turn into possible advantages", Ersen says. Ibrahim says WINGSForum will bring new tools, ideas and connections to help participants make their philanthropy "effective, impactful and more globally linked—because, after all, the problems in the world today are global and therefore our solutions have to be global as well". more »

UN Special Policy Dialogue

A Special Policy Dialogue hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the sector to brainstorm new ideas for advancing global development beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 target date. Sundaa Bridgett-Jones (Rockefeller Foundation) described a "forward-looking posture” regarding support for innovations, and emphasised the need to think differently about how development is done, citing The Bellagio Initiative as one example of how innovation value chains can both unlock the potential of private capital and influence policy. Jeffrey Falkenstein (The Foundation Center) explained that a lack of global standards has alienated philanthropy from the Big Data space, suggesting that organisations learn how to give data as well as receive it, further emphasising the role of transparency in building partnerships that work. Adding to the overall success of the day, WINGS joined a live tweeting event to share real-time comments and resources from the panel. more »

The state of civil society

The second edition of the 2013 CIVICUS State of Civil Society report is now available. From the report: This report is not ours alone. The 2013 State of Civil Society report draws from nearly 50 contributions made by people active in civil society all over the world – from our members, friends, partners, supporters and others in the CIVICUS alliance. They contributed 31 new pieces of analysis and thinking on the state of civil society. Our analysis also benefits from 16 responses to a questionnaire from national civil society platforms that are members of either our Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA), or the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP). more »

Global Philanthropy Forum 2013 Conference

Article by Paula Jancso Fabiani. The Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of nearly 1,800 donors and social investors, has held its 2013 conference in the middle of April in San Francisco. The event focused on debating ongoing issues like hunger, disease, joblessness and slavery, and how the digital revolution allows philanthropy to target its interventions with greater precision and innovate more than ever. This year’s focus was very much on Asia and Africa, and hearing the experiences of philanthropists in regions facing the most dramatic problems of humanity was inspiring and mind-opening. Corruption is still an important issue that hinders some of the work done in Africa, so working on governance and empowerment in the region seems urgent. more »

AVPN inaugural summit recap

Article by Ross Baird. The inaugural Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) summit, more than any other gathering I’ve been to, provided concrete answers to the question: ‘how do business and philanthropy mix?’ Typically, they don’t. Yet social entrepreneurship, impact investing and venture philanthropy broadly blur the ‘two pockets’ into one by solving social problems with business models. If business—primarily entrepreneurship—and philanthropy blur into one pocket, the conference addressed the question: what’s the role of each? The consistent message: in social change, philanthropy provides opportunity; entrepreneurship turns opportunity into reality. I saw three core arguments throughout the conference. more »

Doing more than giving

Philanthropy New Zealand held its 2013 conference with inspiring leaders who have achieved success with a variety of innovative approaches, including Albert Ruesga who talked on the subject of organisational effectiveness. The conference theme, "Philanthropy—Doing More than Giving", reflects how philanthropy has radically transformed over the past 20 years. Ruesga's keynote referenced the findings and recommendations of a soon-to-be-published "capacity building landscape” project prepared for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). more »

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". Closing speech by Open Society Foundations Founder and Chairman George Soros. #AGA24

28 May, 4 June, Grant-Seeker's Guide to Assessing Social Impact 2013 | Philanthropy Australia invites you to attend a seminar designed for CEOs and program, development and fundraising staff on best practice approaches to grant impact assessment. Register and download event brochure.

4-6 June, Third Annual Takaful Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement | Takaful 2013, Held in Tunis, Tunisia, will provide a unique opportunity to engage in a debate on the important transformations in civic engagement and philanthropic practices in the Arab region.

6-8 June, CFC 2013 Conference: Inspiring Smart and Caring Communities | Share, learn, and network in Winnipeg, Canada, with more than 600 community leaders and practitioners in community philanthropy who are engaged in community building activities.

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.

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.

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.

The Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy is requesting concept notes from organisations to serve as a Secretariat for a five‐year, multi‐stakeholder collaboration. Concept notes must be submitted by 5 June. 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 »

SayXchange 2013, a Southern Africa Trust youth exchange programme, will give 30 young people from different countries in the region the opportunity to volunteer in community development projects in Zambia, South Africa, Malawi or Mozambique. Closing date for applications is 10 June. 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 »

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