WINGS – Unleashing the power of networks in an interconnected world

Much has changed since the last WINGSForum in 2010. Then, the world was still reeling from the effects of the 2008 economic crisis, and the landscape of the sector was changing rapidly. Today, globalization and interconnectivity create new challenges (and opportunities) in the philanthropic sector – especially as emerging markets continue to develop. Increasing the accountability of giving and improving resource allocation and collaboration are key factors for development.

IstanbulThe philanthropic sector should seize this opportunity to develop and increase its impact. This is particularly true for support organizations and membership associations serving philanthropy. According to a WINGS report on philanthropy infrastructure to be released at WINGSForum 2014, the past two decades have seen a boom in the growth of these organizations. The new challenge for support organizations is to show the value of this important work to the community. (Image: credit Enrique Freire)

Since its creation, WINGS has brought together support organizations and membership associations all over the world to share knowledge and experiences. WINGSForum 2014, to be held on 27-29 March in Istanbul (pictured), will once again promote discussion on harnessing this globalization.

‘The power of networks’ in promoting and improving the sector is the focus of the WINGSForum plenary hosted by keynote speaker Steve Waddell, principal of Networking Action. Participants will delve into critical discussions and rising trends, including a plenary dedicated to ‘grantmaking as a tool for development’ moderated by Jenny Hodgson, guest editor of this issue of Alliance.

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