Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, February 22

Emerging Approaches: Claiming Rights, Building Assets: What Role for Community Philanthropy in Advancing Just and Equitable Societies?
2:30 – 3:45 PM

Presented by: Kenya Community Development Foundation

Moderator:  Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo
Executive Director, Kenya Community Development Foundation

Robert Wiggers
Deputy Director, Manager of Programs and Policy Making, Wilde Ganzen

Description: What if ordinary people were involved as co-investors in their own development? Wouldn’t that also unlock additional resources – private and public – at the community level? How can key obstacles such as low levels of social trust, weak institutions and dependency mind-sets be overcome and ensure that development efforts are successful and sustainable and that citizens are able to claim their rights? In this interactive session, participants will reflect on both some of the obstructions that inhibit local giving – whether by communities themselves, the broader public, private philanthropy and government – and the opportunities that exist when people can agree to come together and mobilize assets in ways that foster participation, solidarity and active citizenship. Where emerging practice already exists, how can it be adapted and adopted in various different contexts and what role can philanthropy support organizations and networks play?

Global Issues: Complex Challenges in Cities: Philanthropy’s Role in Urban Development
2:30 – 3:45 PM

Presented by: European Foundation Centre

Moderator: Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Andrew Chunilall
COO, Community Foundations of Canada

Maria Orejas
Policy and Programs Director, European Foundation Centre

Valeria Scorza
Executive Director, Avina Americas

Description: Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, but by 2050 the urban population is expected to rise to 62% in Africa, to 65% in Asia, and to 90% in Latin America. Rapid population growth creates both extensive opportunities and complex challenges, which require responses from a multitude of actors. No government, foundation and NGO can tackle modern day urban issues solely by itself. As place-based funders, many foundations around the world have long histories and large footprints within specific cities and communities. This session will explore the role of philanthropy in responding to today’s vexing urban challenges including how philanthropic infrastructure organizations can lead to develop awareness, learning and knowledge around key urban issues. This session will also reflect on the SDGs, in particular goal 11 on sustainable cities and how foundations and philanthropic networks can utilize the SDGs and other global frameworks in their work.

Stronger Infrastructure: Building Philanthropy Infrastructure:Experiences from the Africa, Arab region, Latin America and Iberian Peninsula
2:30 – 3:45 PM

Presented by: African Philanthropy Network (APN), Grace Kennedy Foundation, Rede Iberoamericana de Fundações Cívicas ou Comunitárias, SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region & WINGS

Moderator: Mercedes Mosquera, Member of the Weavers Group, Ibero-American Network of Community Foundations

Atallah Kuttab
Founder, SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region

Caroline Mahfood
Executive Director, Grace Kennedy Foundation

Bhekinkosi Moyo
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Africa Trust & Chairperson of APN Board

Description: Drawing on the experiences in building networks in various regions, there are both similarities and differences on the growing of networks, and in how learning has been facilitated within networks and across regions. In particular, reflections on Conference Day 1 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 WINGSFORUM 2017 CONFERENCE DAY 1 Conference Day 1 Plenary & Concurrent Session details 13 what philanthropy means, providing leadership in being the nexus for various forms of philanthropy that are evolving; the challenges and obstacles we face and the roles of WINGS to help facilitate network building in our regions.

Policy and Participation: Are We Failing Civil Society? Seeking Solidarity and Commitment on Donor Responses to the Closing Space
2:30 – 3:45 PM

Presented by: Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Moderator: Rob Buchanan, President, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) America

Adam Pickering
International Policy Manager, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Lorena Cortes
Research Director, Cemefi

Samar Haidar
Executive Director, Arab Human Rights Fund

Tom Hilbink
Director of the Grant Making Support Group, Opens Society Foundation

Description: Civil society organizations and human rights defenders from the world’s poorest countries to its most developed, are suffering from increasing restrictions on their freedoms. Whether through imposing legal or financial barriers; notwithstanding the growing onerous challenges beset by local CSOs, external influences are having a detrimental effect to civil society and its ability to function in an effective manner. This session addresses this global trend – the closing space for civil society – in the context of our backgrounds as infrastructure organizations. We will discuss common strategies used to limit civic participation, and develop a shared understanding of the importance of our role in maintaining a resilient and effective civil society. Building on this understanding, we invite attendees to participate in defining impactful and realistic strategies that we can implement to ensure an enabling environment to act for all.


Thursday, February 23

Emerging Approaches: Philanthropy and the Academy: Higher Education in the Philanthropy Ecosystem
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Presented by: WINGS

Moderator: Barbara Ibrahim, Senior Advisor, Office of the President, American University in Cairo

Jason Franklin
W.K Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Bhekinkosi Moyo
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Africa Trust/ Wits University

Ingrid Srinath
Centre Director, Ashoka University, Center for Social Impact and Philanthropy

Heba Abu Shnief
Research Advisor, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy & Civic Engagement

Description: A recent survey conducted by WINGS uncovered over 60 entities around the world engaged in teaching, research or training for philanthropy and social investing. This session will explore the role of the academy in philanthropy infrastructure and the broader sector. Preliminary survey findings will be discussed and short presentations will show the diversity of institutional approaches to philanthropy. How are academics connected to infrastructure? How can we improve these connections, both between the academic sector, and the wider field? One goal of the meeting will be to gauge interest in an academic network which could facilitate sharing of curricula, act as a repository for research and data sets, and facilitate faculty and student exchanges. Over lunch, participants will continue the discussion of modalities for moving a network forward, including a possible launching meeting to be hosted by WINGS later in 2017.


Global Issues: Civic Space and Environmental Defenders in the “Most Dangerous Region in the World”
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Presented by: Consultative Group on Biological Diversity & International Human Rights Funders Group

Moderator: Marina Cazorla, Program Manager, Consultative Group on Biological Diversity

Artemisa Castro
Executive Director, Fundo Accion Solidaria (FASOL)

Andrea Cerami,
Human Rights Coordinator, Mexican Center of Environmental Law

Tatiana Cordero
Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund, Latin America

Laura Garcia
Executive Director, Semillas

Astrid Puentes Riano
Co-Executive Director, Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Traci Romine
Program Officer, Environment at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Description:  Closing civic space and the accompanying crackdown on activists confront donors and civil society across a range of fields. The nexus of environmental and human rights work has been a particular target – and Latin America is a hotspot for this global problem. Recent reports find Latin America to be “the most dangerous region in the world for environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs).” Activists defending their land and resources are subject to attacks ranging from surveillance and detention to violence and murder. Often, these attacks are combined with defamation of activists’ or communities’ reputations or motivations. These challenges are concurrent with growing hostility toward the nonprofit sector on the part of governments, some of which have made international philanthropy difficult, or have restricted civil society. This session will educate funders and philanthropy support organizations on strategies to counter the crackdown on EHRDs, and to address closing space in Latin America.

Stronger Infrastructure: Philanthropy Infrastructure Organizations: Drifting Towards Extinction? How the 4C’s can Demonstrate the Value of Infrastructure Organizations
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Presented by: DAFNE & WINGS

Moderator: Barry Knight, Executive Director, CENTRIS & Esther Thompson, Head of Learning and Events, Association of Charitable Foundations

Carola Carazzone
Secretary General, Assifero

Rosa Gallego
Director, Asociación Española de Fundaciones, DAFNE Chairman of the Board

Mihaela Giurgiu
Program Manager, Association for Community Relations

Barry Knight
Executive Director, CENTRIS

Alina Porumb
Program Director, Association for Community Relations

Group Facilitators:
Liza Goulet
Director Member Services, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Sameera Mehra
Business Manager, Global Alliance, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Description:  Often first to get funding cuts and difficult to explain, philanthropy infrastructure can be under-funded and unrecognized for its value. How do we communicate our worth to the sector and others? Through the using 4C’s Framework, we can prove our: Capacity, Connections, Capability, and Credibility! Join WINGS and DAFNE members to learn more about the 4C’s: a framework to help your organization identify, articulate and demonstrate its worth. Members will share case studies, explain the value of the 4Cs Framework, and collect feedback on this new, exciting, multifaceted framework!

Policy and Participation: Philanthropy Networks & Associations Taking a Leadership Role in Public Policy
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Presented by: Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, GIFE & Global Philanthropy Services

Moderator: John Harvey, Founding Principal, Global Philanthropy Services

David Biemesderfer
President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

James Magowan
Coordinating Director, DAFNE

Iara Rolnik
Chief Knowledge Officer, GIFE

Description: Against a backdrop of the “shrinking space” for civil society, philanthropy associations and support organizations are being challenged to play an increasingly active role in collective, political and public actions targeting public issues. These actions can range from changing public perception on a cause to advancing specific legislation. In this context, what is the appropriate role for philanthropy associations and networks to play in having a stronger voice on policy issues? How can they reconcile the diverse interests of their members with the broader public interest? In this session you’ll engage in an interactive conversation about when, why and how philanthropy associations and networks take a stronger leadership role and develop a stronger collective voice on public policy.

Emerging Approaches: Democratizing and Digitizing Philanthropy: Lessons from the Cutting Edge of Philanthropic Practice
2:00 – 3:15 PM

Presented by: Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) & Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Moderator: Mizmun Kusairi, Vice President, Strategy and Finance, GuideStar

Jason Franklin
WK Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Sameera Mehra
Business Manager, Global Alliance, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Boris Strecansky
Peer Learning Expert, Centrum Pre Filantropiu

Description:  A wide range of approaches are being experimented with across the global by philanthropic leaders seeking to inspire greater local philanthropy, offset declining levels of overseas development aid, and build stronger diaspora community giving efforts. From new online giving tools and strategies to democratizing local giving efforts through giving circles and giving days, these new efforts offer exciting new possibilities for philanthropy promotion. Learn about both the successes and challenges of expanding beyond traditional philanthropic practices from leaders across the globe and bring your questions and own experiences to share.


Global Issues: Social Justice Philanthropy: Is it New? How Can it Make a Difference?
2:00 – 3:15 PM

Presented by: ELLAS – Mujeres y Filantropía, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity & Social Justice Philanthropy Network

Moderator: Andrés Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Social Justice Philanthropy Network

Ana Valeria Araujo
Executive Director, Brazil Fund for Human Rights

Amalia Fischer
Co-founder and General Coordinator, Fundo de Investimento Social ELAS

Florencia Roitstein
Co-founder and Director, ELLAS-Women and philanthropy

Lori Villarosa
Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) 

Description: New forms and ways of doing philanthropy are emerging globally at a fast pace. “Social investment” approaches are permeating the social development field while a “social justice lens” is confronting difficulties in building its own narrative and interacting with the corporate and public sectors. The “old” and the “new” philanthropy differ in many ways, including how they deal with issues like human rights, gender, race and the environment, among others. This session will explore these new complexities and highlight ways in which new approaches are addressing old problems. Under a “talk show” format, four outstanding women leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S.A. will engage in a conversation with the audience and discuss with specific examples how philanthropy is addressing traditionally neglected issues and, within that context, the role of infrastructure organizations.

Stronger Infrastructure: Innovative Leadership Development for Social Change-Makers
2:00 – 3:15 PM

Presented by: Hispanics in Philanthropy & International Community Foundation

Moderator: Alana Ortez, President & CEOInternational Community Foundation

Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez
Visual Artist and Leader 

Description:  It takes strong, innovative leaders with a clear vision to change policies and systems and to do the hard work of advancing needed social change within a local, national and transnational context. Key to this leadership is listening to and understanding the needs of those that the philanthropic sector has come to represent and serve. Since 2003, Libre Gutierrez has been facilitating innovative community art workshops; using creativity as a tool for social change and community cohesion. A leader who describes “art is an important tool to harness energy,” his community mural work exemplifies innovative leadership that crosses cultures and backgrounds and empowers local citizens to be leaders in their own right. In this session, Libre will lead participants through an interactive artistic exercise to explore their role in cultivating strong leadership at the grassroots level and how in turn that makes them stronger leaders.

Policy and Participation: Political Populism and Philanthropic Infrastructure
2:00 – 3:15 PM

Presented by: Council on Foundations (COF)

Moderator: Rosa Gallego, Director, Asociación Española de Fundaciones (AEF)

Andre Degenszajn
Secretary-General, GIFE

Sara Lyons
Vice President, Community Foundations of Canada

Vikki Spruill
President & CEO, Council on Foundations 

Description:  An interactive roundtable discussion about strategies for philanthropic infrastructure groups in moments of political populism – what is our role? What strategies are being piloted in different contexts globally? How do countries where the populism movement has not yet come, think about downstream activities that may help prevent the drivers of populism from taking root? 2016 brought us Brexit in the UK, Trump in the US, and Duterte in the Phillipines. What will 2017 hold? Join us for a facilitated discussion and share your experiences to better understand the appropriate role for philanthropy infrastructure groups leading up to and following populist political movements around the world.


Friday, February 24

Emerging Approaches: Connecting the Dots: Building Partnerships for More Effective Civil Society Resourcing
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Presented by: CIVICUS – World Allance for Citizen Participation

Moderator: Amy Miller-Taylor, Head of Partnerships, CIVICUS

Amitabh Behar
Executive Director, the National Foundation for India

Tevfik Basak Ersen
General Secretary, Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV)

Vuyiswa Sidzumo
South African Director, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Description: There are many conversations taking place around how more effective resourcing can strengthen a diverse and robust civil society around the world. Key issues include mutual accountability, mechanisms for more effective civil society resourcing, shrinking space and restrictions on foreign funding, and opportunities to increase funding to local civil society, especially “change-seeking” organizations in the Global South. Yet many of these conversations are taking place in silos, and it is rare to find spaces for frank and critical dialogue between civil society and philanthropy, and also between the diverse spectrum of organizations these sectors represent (northern/southern, local/global, public/private). We will discuss strategies for linking up disparate actors to enhance support for and understanding of civil society organizations, while challenging existing prejudices and distrust. In doing so, we hope to contribute to a more enabling environment for civil society and philanthropy.


Global Issues: A Welcoming Opportunity for a Shared Future: Peacebuilding and Supporting Refugees
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Presented by: Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales, Community Foundations of Canada & SAANED for Development and Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region


Atallah Kuttab
Founder, SAANED for Development and Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region

Sarah Lyons
Vice President, Community Foundations of Canada

Maria Carolina Suarez
Executive Director, Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales

Description: In the midst and aftermath of conflict, philanthropy has a critical role to play in supporting people most affected and restoring lasting peace. This session will explore how philanthropic organizations in various regions are supporting refugees impacted by the conflict in Syria, and working to build sustainable peace in post-conflict Colombia. Participants will learn about the global context, challenges and repercussions of civil conflicts. They will also come away with a better understanding of how philanthropy, both at home and abroad, can act as a leading force by bringing disparate groups together, mobilizing civic engagement, and orchestrating multi-sector collaboration.

Stronger Infrastructure: Business Models for Infrastructure Organisations – Pathways to Sustainability
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Presented by: Charities Aid Foundation Russia & Philanthropic Foundations of Canada

Moderator: Maria Chertok, Director, CAF Russia

Angeline Chitate
Manager: Business Development and Sustainability, Southern Africa Trust

Nick Deychakiwsky
Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Raul Escobedo
Management Director, Cemefi

Paula Fabiani
President, Instituto para o Desenvolvimento do Investimento Social (IDIS)

Hilary Pearson
President, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada

Description: The session will look at various challenges infrastructure organizations face in search for their sustainability and balancing their mission with the need to financially sustain operation and fund new developments. The session will foster exchange of frustrations, success stories and useful tools among participants. The session will also provide valuable contributions from resource people from around the world who have recently focused on finetuning business models of their organizations working on changing membership dues structure, exploring opportunities of pulling resources of their members or boosting their fee-based services

Policy and Participation: The SDGs as a Tool for Improving Enabling Environments for Philanthropy
10:00 – 11:15 AM

Presented by: Foundation Center, NetFWD, OECD & Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Co-presented by SDG Philanthropy Platform

Shazia Maqsood Amjad
Executive Director, Pakistan Center for Philanthropy

Lorena Cortes
Research Director, Cemefi

Natalie Ross
Global Philanthropy Director, Council on Foundations

Timotheus Lesmana Wanadjaja
Chairman, Filantropi Indonesia

Description: In the first 18 months of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), philanthropy networks have begun to utilize the 17 goals framework to engage governments and advocate for improved domestic enabling environments. Although some might focus on large international foundations, local philanthropy also plays a key role in helping countries achieve the ambitious aims within the SDGs, like ending extreme poverty. Several global initiatives, led by WINGS members, provide resources and tools for country-level pilots to use the SDGs framework for breaking siloes and engaging across sectors. Advocacy with government has succeeded in some contexts and struggled in others, therefore highlighting both the potential of the SDGs for advocacy and need for locallyled approaches to engaging with government. Join this interactive, roundtable discussion to hear how philanthropy networks in both the global north and south are using the SDGs to advocate for improved enabling environments. We hope attendees leave with an increased understanding of the SDGs and an appetite for using these goals as a national advocacy tool for philanthropy in their country