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Funders Working Group


In 2017, WINGS published the Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential on why and how to invest in philanthropy's development. It highlights that a strong ecosystem for philanthropy is key to strengthening and scaling the impact of our work individually and collectively.


Recognizing the importance of funders and their role as integral players in building healthy philanthropy support ecosystems, WINGS opened in 2019 the Supporting Membership for funders (foundations, individuals, public institutions, etc.) that are investing in or would like to contribute more to developing philanthropy and its infrastructure.


Soon after, the Funders Working Group was created to engage funders in collective thinking and peer learning to share experiences, knowledge and tools to develop high impact funding practices that help build sustainable philanthropy support ecosystems.

The group, exclusive for funders, is composed of 29 members from 19 organizations in 11 countries:

Aga Khan Foundation (UK)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA)
Brach Family Charitable Foundation (USA)
Chandler Foundation (USA)
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (USA)
Fondation de France (France)
Fondazione Italia Sociale (Italy)
Ford Foundation (China, Egypt, Kenya)
Fundação José Luiz Egydio Setúbal (Brazil)
Instituto Sabin (Brazil)
La Caixa Foundation (USA)
Narada Foundation (China)
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (USA)
Rockefeller Foundation (USA)
Sawiris Foundation (Egypt)
Skoll Foundation (USA)
Vladimir Potanin Foundation (Russia)
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (USA)
Zagoriy Foundation (Ukraine)

The group met online on four different occasions throughout 2019.

For more information about the Funders Working Group (FWG) please contact Nadya Hernandez (, Programs Manager. If you want to know more about Supporting Membership, please contact Maíra Prado (, Network Engagement Associate.


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