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Illuminating Impact: Why Gender Matters for Funders in Any Issue Area

April 30, 2024

In 2021, The Bridgespan Group partnered with Shake the Table to investigate how funders could better support feminist movements. The resulting report, Lighting the Way: A Report for Philanthropy on the Power and Promise of Feminist Movements, helped funders understand why and how to channel philanthropic dollars into feminist movements. These powerhouses for social change remain a huge and largely untapped opportunity for philanthropy.With this report, they expand our scope to share practices that can help any funder in any field increasingly consider gender in their grantmaking. Gender-focused work is not just for "gender funders." It's for climate funders, education funders, health funders—any funder seeking to speed progress on the issues they care most about. 

Gender and Philanthropy
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The Philanthropy Transformation Initiative Report

July 12, 2023

The Philanthropy Transformation Initiative Report is a comprehensive framework outlining 10 core principles for driving transformative change in the philanthropy sector. It brings together existing wisdom, practices and examples to inspire action and fuel healthy debate.The report provides foundations and philanthropic support organisations (PSOs) with an actionable roadmap to enhance their impact and contribute to broader systems change. By endorsing and adopting these principles, organisations can create positive long-term impact and advocate for landmark shifts in the philanthropic sector. Published by WINGS, with the support of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) at Cambridge University, in June 2023 as part of the project 'Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential: Enhancing the Enabling Environment, Effectiveness and Leveraging the Contributions of Philanthropy Actors'.

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Philanthropy for Gender Equity: Recommendations and Learnings from the WINGS Community

May 30, 2023

WINGS recognises that gender equity is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Therefore, WINGS aims to raise awareness and develop concrete action for gender equity in the philanthropic sector.In this sense, WINGS has commissioned preliminary research to collect data and propose actions to foster philanthropy for gender equity within our community. The objective was to map learnings and best practices toward gender equity among WINGS members.The publication is funded by the European Union as part of the project 'Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential: Enhancing the Enabling Environment, Effectiveness and leveraging the contributions of Philanthropy actors'.

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WINGS 2023-2027 Strategic Plan

May 17, 2023

The new WINGS 2023-2027 Strategic Plan has been developed through a participatory process, involving our global network of members, a broad array of stakeholders and partners, our team and our board.  The context for our new 2023-2027 Strategic Plan is the enormous interconnected set of global issues, the 'polycrisis', that we face as humanity. Given this context, as WINGS, we feel the need to urgently accelerate and deepen change, grounded on one imperative: to transform ourselves to become transformative. As an organisation, as a network, and as a field. 

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Executive Summary: WINGS 2023-2027 Strategic Plan

May 17, 2023

The new WINGS 2023-2027 Strategic Plan has been developed through a participatory process, involving our global network of members, a broad array of stakeholders and partners, our team and our board.  The context for our new 2023-2027 Strategic Plan is the enormous interconnected set of global issues, the 'polycrisis', that we face as humanity. Given this context, as WINGS, we feel the need to urgently accelerate and deepen change, grounded on one imperative: to transform ourselves to become transformative. As an organisation, as a network, and as a field. 

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Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations

May 12, 2023

For philanthropy, as in other sectors of public and private life, acting with transparency and being ready to be held to account for one's actions is an essential precondition for building trust, legitimacy, and community support for each organisation's work.Given the current challenges in philanthropy, there is a growing need for practical guidance on achieving greater transparency and accountability. The 'Moving from Reflection to Action: A Guide on Transparency and Accountability for Philanthropic Organisations', produced in collaboration with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI), offers detailed step-by-step guidance on designing and implementing transparency and accountability plans.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union.

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Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance

May 3, 2023

'Lessons from Climate Funders on Locally-led Development Assistance' focuses on the experiences of funders who have supported locally-led development initiatives to address climate change. It offers insights into best practices and challenges associated with climate funding efforts and recommendations for improving support for local communities in the fight against climate change.This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of WINGS and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.Arabic: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/ldros-lmstf-d-mn-m-ss-t-tmoyl-lmn-kh-bshan-lms-aad-t-l-nm-y-bky-d-mhly-lessons-from-climate-funders-on-locally-led-development-assistance-arabic.htmlFrench: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/aide-au-developpement-local-lecons-de-bailleurs-de-fonds-climatiques.htmlMandarin Chinese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/lessons-from-climate-funders-on-locally-led-development-assistance-mandarin-chinese.htmlPortuguese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/licoes-de-financiadores-de-acoes-climaticas-sobre-apoio-ao-desenvolvimento-localmente-liderado.htmlSpanish: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/lecciones-de-financiadores-para-la-accion-climatica-sobre-la-asistencia-para-el-desarrollo-liderada-a-nivel-local.html

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Promoting Unhindered Cross-border Giving

April 11, 2023

Receiving and using funding is the means for civil society to operate and implement activities toward a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world. Independent and enabled philanthropy, therefore, is central to the support for civil society's role in the social and democratic ecosystem of any country. However, restrictions on cross-border giving that supports local civil society and philanthropic ecosystem building are growing. These restrictions represent major hurdles to philanthropy worldwide. This policy paper by WINGS provides recommendations to governments and financial authorities about how they can promote policy reform of regulations that currently disincentivise or prohibit cross-border collaboration among philanthropic entities worldwide. French: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/encourager-les-dons-transfrontaliers.html Spanish: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/promoviendo-mejores-condiciones-para-las-donaciones-transfonterizas.htmlPortuguese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/promovendo-doacoes-transfronteiricas-sem-obstaculos.html 

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Philanthropy can be a Solution to Making Localisation a Reality

July 11, 2022

Local philanthropy, as a force to support civil society and development, has the potential to play a much more central role in dialogues about how best to implement localisation. Our first policy paper calls for philanthropy, international development actors and civil society to work together to ensure funds reach local communities.Read it in:French: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/la-philanthropie-un-outil-au-service-de-la-localisation.html Portuguese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/a-filantropia-como-solucao-para-tornar-a-localizacao-uma-realidade.htmlSpanish: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/la-filantropia-puede-ser-una-solucion-para-hacer-realidad-la-localizacion.html 

Enabling environment and civic space; Evaluation, Impact and Effectiveness
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Implementation Guide- #PhilanthropyForClimate

May 10, 2022

The International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change is a call to all foundations, regardless of their mission, status and geographic location to act on the climate emergency. Signatories to the International Commitment pledge to take action under the seven pillars of the Commitment. This Implementation Guide outlines suggested actions against each of the seven pillars of the International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change. This Guide is designed to inspire and support foundation signatories as they embark on their own journey of change. If your foundation is not yet signed up to the International Commitment but considering doing so, this Guide will give you a clearer idea of the type of actions that foundations can take to implement the International Commitment.Find the implementation guide in:Arabic: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-dlyl-ltnfythy.htmlIndonesian: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-panduan-pelaksanaan-indonesian-bahasa.htmlItalian: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-guida-pratica-di-attuazione.htmlMandarin Chinese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-mandarin-chinese.htmlPortuguese: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-guia-de-implementacao.htmlSpanish: https://wings.issuelab.org/resource/international-philanthropy-commitment-on-climate-change-guia-de-implementacion.html

Climate philanthropy
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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

Reporte Latinoamericano Filantropía y Comunidades Sostenibles: Localizando los ODS

April 15, 2024

La Agenda 2030 se encuentra en la segunda mitad de su período para lograr el cumplimiento de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Los gobiernos de América Latina han venido elaborando periódicamente sus Reportes Voluntarios Nacionales. Igualmente, las empresas a través del Pacto Global han elaborado reportes sobre sus aportes al desarrollo de la agenda. Conocemos también el estado de los ODS en la región por los informes elaborados por la CEPAL. Sin embargo, a pesar de sus importantes contribuciones, sabemos poco sobre los aportes de la filantropía institucional latinoamericana a los ODS. El presente reporte tiene como propósito contribuir parcialmente a llenar este vacío. El documento es parte del proyecto "Localizar los ODS para promover comunidades sostenibles", desarrollado por el Centro de Filantropía e Inversiones Sociales (CEFIS) de la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) de Chile, con el apoyo de la Fundación Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Latin America and the Caribbean; Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs

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