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Acting Together to Lift up Philanthropy: WINGS Guidance on How to Build a Supportive Ecosystem

September 8, 2021

The guide shows how a philanthropy support ecosystem can be built. It uses a suite of tools and approaches that can be adapted by people in different countries to build the system that they want, by mapping relationships between organisations and sorting out who does what in order to lift up philanthropy. It is designed to allow for creativity and invention. The goal is to inspire the field by suggesting ways in which its work can be enhanced, rather than providing hard and fast rules. Although specific steps are suggested, these do not imply a rigid process that needs to be followed. Action depends on the context and the particular needs of the philanthropic sector.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness
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Impact of the PSE in India, Kenya & Russia: Country Case Studies

September 8, 2021

This study examines philanthropy support organisations (PSOs) in India, Russia and Kenya, to understand their role in driving the growth and development of philanthropy, giving, and private social investment in these countries. The study examines the development of the sector in each country, by assessing its size, scope and other characteristics. There is some attempt to understand the individual and collective impact of PSOs in each country.

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Understanding the Meaning of Terms: Definitions and Taxonomy

September 8, 2021

It is vital to be clear about the terms used in the philanthropy support ecosystem (PSE). Many words in philanthropy have imprecise meanings that lead to different understandings. In this study, we seek to build a standard terminology of PSE terms and PSO organisations so that findings may be intelligible, both within the PSE and outside it.

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How to Build the Philanthropy Support Ecosystem (PSE) Working it out Together: Engaging Philanthropy Actors in Mapping and Strengthening their own Ecosystem

September 8, 2021

This document offers a step-by-step guide on how to build the PSE. A four-stage process is suggested to map the PSE:1. Develop a team of people to undertake the work and to set objectives.2. Adapt the method to local circumstances by assembling key reports and talking to people with a good knowledge of the sector.3. Map the organisations and functions of the PSE and assess the relationships between them.4. Develop the vision for the PSE and decide on practical measures on how to pursue it.This should be treated as an outline guide to be used creatively, depending on local context. The process will depend on the resources available, which include time as well as money. This should be seen as a creative and organic process of development, rather than a fixed and mechanical project. The guide gives an organisational framework, as compared to a blueprint.

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How to Assess the Strengths of the Philanthropy Support Ecosystem (PSE)

September 8, 2021

Measuring the added value of the PSE is an integral feature of strengthening it. Measurement involves using five-point scales to assess the attainment of the 4Cs – capacity, capability, connection, and credibility. A variety of statistical methods are suggested to accomplish this. The results in this document will enable people to decide what action to take to enhance the PSE in their country.

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The 10 Things You Need to Know about Acting Together to Lift Up Philanthropy

September 8, 2021

This research shows how Philanthropy Support Organisations (PSOs) contribute to long-term social change by examining their purposes, functions, and impact. While the full research report is long, we have prepared this 'sneak peek', so that you can see the main takeaways easily.The research shows how to build a robust Philanthropy Support Ecosystem (PSE) to unlock the potential of philanthropy. It uses a suite of tools and approaches adaptable to different countries. Results will enable domestic foundations and donors, existing PSO leaders and other stakeholders to build the ecosystem they want.

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WINGS Annual Report 2019

November 30, 2020

Looking back at what we were able to achieve together as a global network, as a community of changemakers and thought leaders in philanthropy in 2019, seems like a world away. Although nothing could have prepared us for what would unfold in 2020, retrospectively, it feels like what we did in 2019 and the strategic directions we decided to pursue were the right ones. They've put us in a position to play an even more important role in a new global landscape where international coordination, advocacy, bridge-building and ecosystems strengthening for sustainable civil society resourcing has never been needed as much. 

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Philanthropy Networks: Creating Value, Voice and Collective Impact

January 24, 2020

Value. Voice. Collective Impact. Philanthropy networks, their leaders, members and funders alike, are looking to build a future in which these core elements are reflected in their work. How can networks define and realize new value propositions and amplify voice in a way that is responsive to members yet also shapes the field? What role can tech and data solutions play in enhancing value? What strategies in advocacy and thought leadership can elevate the voice and visibility of the sector? How can philanthropy support networks go beyond focusing solely on organizational impact to creating more collective impact across the sector? This guide combines thoughtful concepts, frameworks and practical approaches that all philanthropy networks can use to prepare their organisations for the next decade.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness
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Impact Case Studies: Promoting an enabling environment for philanthropy and civil society

June 19, 2019

This collection of impact case studies illustrates how Philanthropy Support Organizations (PSOs) have implemented successful strategies to promote an enabling environment for civil society and philanthropy to thrive. Through eight cases from different countries, WINGS is bringing to the spotlight experiences that often remain behind the scenes. The publication also features specialized articles from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Forus and CIVICUS. Despite the challenges of shrinking space or lack of conducive fiscal environment, PSOs are creative and have tremendous positive impact on the field in response to these challenges. In this sense, this report is both a source of inspiration and a call to action.

Enabling environment and civic space; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness
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Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential

May 31, 2018

This guide is for all funders who wish to understand how they can contribute to unlocking philanthropy's potential to build more resilient, sustainable and democratic societies. This is what the philanthropy support ecosystem, also called philanthropy infrastructure, is all about. It is about developing and harnessing private resources for social good, building civil society and democracy, and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is central to the mission of all visionary funders who want to increase the impact and sustainability of their work.

Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure
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The Global Landscape of Philanthropy

January 30, 2018

From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the evolving role and form of philanthropy infrastructure.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Introductory Note to Cultures of Giving Country Profiles

September 3, 2021

The Cultures of Giving working group started in January 2018. Its work is a continuation of a series of efforts underway since 2010 when WINGS published its report on global philanthropy. The main conclusion of that report was that global philanthropy is not the model that existed in some of the industrial countries and propagated through grantmaking to therest of the world, but a tapestry of practices from around the world that are diverse, with similarities and differences, and yet forms a rich mosaic of the practices reflecting local cultures and practices.

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