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Driving Philanthropy for the Future:

Creating the Networks we Need

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On April 24-26, WINGS will host a peer-learning event in Jamaica, co-hosted by the new Caribbean Network of Foundations, titled “Driving Philanthropy for the Future: Creating the Networks we Need. All are welcome to attend, but there will be a special focus on national and regional associations. This meeting is for both emerging and established associations working at the regional and national levels. The objective is to support emerging philanthropic networks and existing associations as a way to develop local resources for civil society and strengthen foundation’s work. Senior-level philanthropy leaders attending will build the capacity of their organizations by learning new knowledge, covering technical issues, as well as thought-leadership in the field.  

This meeting will examine the philanthropy support associations of the future, identifying factors that will help and hinder the development of the kinds of associations we want and need.  Philanthropy and its context is changing fast, and there will be new challenges and opportunities for philanthropy support associations. There is general agreement that we need a strong global ecosystem of philanthropy support, but there is little knowledge about how we will achieve it. This meeting, and the larger process of recording knowledge about philanthropic association work, will help emerging and existing networks to strengthen their leadership in the philanthropic space, which in turn will strengthen their foundations’ (members) work, and ultimately, civil society. 

Philanthropy associations, and specifically national and regional umbrella organizations, can act as a beacon in bringing attention to important issues, connecting and coordinating foundations, building capacity, advocating for and representing the philanthropy field in their context. Yet, there are still many countries without associations, and where they exist they face a fast changing environment and need to adapt.

This global meeting will bring together umbrella associations to reflect not only on our field, but on our successes and failures as associations. We hope to identify best practices and innovations, illustrate different business, organizational, and governance models, and reflect jointly on thought leadership in a fast changing philanthropic landscape.

Beyond practical issues and models, the meeting, based on an interactive and participatory approach, will also cover deeper questions facing this specific type of infrastructure organizations: how to find the right balance between services and thought-leadership, how to mobilize members across divides and differences, how to collaborate with other philanthropy support organizations to collectively strengthen the field, and how to protect and expend the philanthropic sector in times of tensions on the enabling environment.


Meeting Design Commitee:


Andrew Chunilall - Community Foundation Canada
Magdalena Aninat- Center for Philanthropy and Social Investments, Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile
Caroline Mahfood - Caribbean Network of Foundations
Naila Farouky - Arab Foundations Forum
Evans Okinyi - East African Philanthropy Network
Ingrid Srinath - Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University
Felix Oldenburg - German Association of Foundations
Anke Paetsch - German Association of Foundations
Maria Orejas-Chantelot - European Foundation Centre
Natalie Ross - Council on Foundation
Stigmata Tenga - Africa Philanthropy Network


The inputs from meeting will be used to design a guide that will present the functions, models, challenges and innovations of these associations. This tool, which will be made available to all, will leverage our collective knowledge and diverse experiences to help new umbrella organizations develop where they are needed and to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the existing ones.


 WINGS Members:    Free 
 Non-Members:    $350 USD

* Participants are responsible for their travel and board expenses.  A limited amount of scholarships will be available for this meeting for WINGS members. Consult Sarah for questions.


Target Audience: Senior leaders from emerging or established associations, foundations considering or interested in setting up an association. All associations and philanthropy support organizations are welcome, but there will be a special emphasis on place-based associations (national, regional, state, etc.)


Date: April 24-26, 2019


Contact: To express initial interest and be added to our communications list about the meeting, please email Sarah Brown-Campello at


 Join your fellow colleagues from the WINGS Network already confirmed for April:

Accommodation & Meeting Location


Our meeting will take place in the Pegasus Hotel. WINGS has blocked 40 hotel rooms that will be available on a first come, first served basis. You can book using this link and manage your booking directly with them. Please note that WINGS secured special prices at The Pegasus Hotel, and as its Carnival Season, we urge you to book as soon as possible.


Pegasus Hotel (Preferred)

Address: 81 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica

Book now


Nearby Hotels:

Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Jamaica- 250m distance from meeting

Address: 1 Park Close, Kingston, Jamaica


Altamont Court Hotel Kingston Jamaica- 800m distance from meeting

Address: 1-5 Altamont Cres, Kingston, Jamaica



Note on other events:

On April 25, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors will co-host with WINGS a lunch meeting on the "Collaborative Pathways to Greater Impact Using the SDGs". If you are interested in learning more, or attending, please indicate so in your registration or email Sarah at

This meeting will occur the week before the Council on Foundation's biennial conference in Miami, a short distance from Jamaica. Find our more about their meeting here. If you are a WINGS member and planning to register for the CoF Conference, please email Sarah for information regarding WINGS network participation there.


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