Summary of Plenary Sessions


Wednesday, February 22

Philanthropy – Friend or Foe of Social Justice?
9:40 – 10:50 AM

Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Laura Garcia, Executive Director, SEMILLAS

Kumi Naidoo, Launch Executive Director, The African Civil Society Initiative

Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI)


Description: Philanthropy has an image issue. It can inspire strong and conflicting emotions. For WINGS members it can be assumed that philanthropy is regarded as a force for good, inspired by basic humanity and the motivation to help others, or a flexible, strategic and unique tool that can be applied in creative ways to tackle complex issues in ways that can challenge and complement the efforts of others. But the word philanthropy also has its “dark side” that provokes distrust and skepticism: the plaything of powerful elites who seek to maintain the status quo, the product of unequal societal systems and structures. As a network, WINGS’ vision is of just and equitable societies and its membership demonstrates the wide and varied range of philanthropic forms that foster participation, innovation, and independent voices.
If we want philanthropy – both private and participatory – to be as effective as it can be and to realize its potential as “private resources for public good,” what are some of the difficult conversations that need to be had and contradictions that need to be faced?


Fighting for Change: Influence on Local and Global Environment for Civil Society
11:10 AM – 12:30 PM

Natalie Ross, Director for Global Philanthropy, Council of Foundations

Amitabh Behar, Executive Director, National Foundation of India

Eduardo Bohórquez López, CEO, Transparencia Mexicana

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo, Executive Director, Kenya Community Development Foundation

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

Description: In 2016, CIVICUS measured threats to one or more civic freedoms in more than 100 countries. Laws restricting civil society often also restrict the financing of independent organizations globally. Today, philanthropy support organizations are fighting to protect and strengthen local and cross-border enabling environments for philanthropy, using varied strategies and tools to engage governments. This panel will explore global lessons learned from both failed and successful advocacy efforts led by the philanthropic sector in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, highlighting how networks of foundations can advocate for our sector, especially within the context of the increasingly restrictive environment for civil society around the world.


Launch of the Report A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy
12:30 – 12:55 PM

Barry Knight, Executive Director, CENTRIS

Lawrence McGill, Vice President for Knowledge Services, Foundation Center

Pamela Ribeiro, Knowledge Management Coordinator, WINGS

Description: Philanthropy Infrastructure Organizations have the important role of supporting the development and increasing the impact of philanthropy. Despite their important contributions, they are still relatively unknown and unrecognized. This panel will launch the second edition of WINGS “A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy”, the only study that looks at the state of this field globally, as an effort to develop knowledge and awareness of philanthropy infrastructure. Participants will have the opportunity to see a new global picture of philanthropy infrastructure organizations and key findings from the study for the very first time.


WINGS and DAFNE  Present the 4Cs: An Assessment Framework to Keep the Grim Reaper of Evaluations at Bay
12:55 – 13:15 PM

Description: Infrastructure – so what! What difference do you make? How do you prove your contribution to the field? Philanthropy infrastructure organizations still struggle to have their contributions acknowledged and recognized, despite their relevant role in the support of philanthropy. Capability, Connections, Capacity, and Credibility- these are the 4Cs every successful infrastructure organizations needs. The 4Cs framework was developed by WINGS’ and DAFNE’s members in an effort to foster and facilitate the assessment of philanthropy infrastructure organizations’ contributions, raise the awareness of their importance, and promote learning within the field. Join us for an interactive presentation on how the 4Cs can help you!


Social Problems, Business Solutions: Myth or Fact?
4:15 – 5:45 PM

Naila Farouky, CEO & Executive Director, Arab Foundation Forum

Matias Bendersky, Chief of Resources Mobilization and Partnerships Unit, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 

Edwin Ou, Director, Funder Alliances, Skoll Foundation

Dominique Lemaistre, Director of Grantmaking Activities, Fondation De France

Description: Are business solutions the key to finally solving seemingly intractable social problems? This plenary addresses how new global business models are utilizing forprofit activities and approaches to impact social problems. As lines blur between the private and nonprofit sectors, how is philanthropy engaging with social enterprises and corporate social responsibility approaches? Is this the future of philanthropy or a potential threat for NGOs and foundations? How can philanthropic support organizations facilitate this conversation in their own countries?


Not Business as Usual:   How Some Businesses Are   Defending Civil Society And   How Their Support Can Be Won 
5:45 – 6:30 PM

Michael Mapstone, Charities Aid Foundation

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

Martha Patricia Herrera González, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX

Maurice Makaloo, Regional Director – Eastern Africa, Ford Foundation

Description: Understanding that long term sustainable development requires a strong and independent civil society, some companies are beginning to speak out on its behalf. In doing so, companies are going beyond their traditional role and challenging long standing ideas about the role that companies play in society and demonstrating how this can be business beneficial.  This session looks at how philanthropy can effectively create momentum within the private sector for engagement with challenges facing civic space.  We will focus on insights from the private sector to map the complex dynamics involved, and identify strategies that philanthropic organizations can utilise to build effective partnerships. Resilient and effective civil society requires the active engagement of all involved, and our panel discussion should empower philanthropy to redefine its role by forming and leveraging relationships that support an enabling environment for all.


Thursday, February 23

Welcome & IMAGine Prize for Outstanding Service to the Sector
9:0 – 9:30 AM

Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director, WINGS

Presentation of the Award:
IMAGine Prize, Mott Foundation (winner of the 2014 IMAGine Prize)

Remarks by:
Douglas Rutzen, during his 12th year as President and CEO at The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

Description: Philanthropy is increasingly global in its outreach.  A small but growing array of organizations work at global level to strengthen, connect and support the sector.  WINGS takes the opportunity of its Forum every three years to recognize an organization or individual who has provided exemplary service to philanthropy around the world.  As we meet in Mexico City, recent trends point to increasingly onerous regulatory challenges to the practice of philanthropy, both within countries and across borders. This year’s IMAGine prize recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Mr. Douglas Rutzen during his 12 years as President of the International Center for Not for Profit Law.

Measuring Philanthropy’s Impact: Development vs. Quality of Life
9:30 – 11:00 AM

Ian Bird, President, Community Foundations of Canada

Sofia Arroyo, Executive Director, Sacred Fire Foundation

Pedro Romero de Terreros, Trustee Secretary, Nacional Monte de Piedad

Timotheus Lesmana Wanadjaja, Chairman, Filantropi Indonesia

Description: Organizations today are all doing their part in measuring impact and sharing their findings, but many of the tools that are used, are often focused on quantitative aspects rather than the qualitative impact, preventing us from ever having a complete picture of reality on the ground. What are the other methods in capturing quality of life and well-being, and then sharing it with others? Why is qualitative data and narrative so important in complimenting quantitative data? This “fish bowl” plenary invites you to get directly involved on the panel as we explore approaches for measuring the impact of philanthropy and how we are collectively measuring our sector’s influence in the field.

Barry Gaberman Lecture: Role of Global Philanthropy in Building Bridges Among Cultures and Assuring Just Society
15:45 – 17:00 PM

Welcome Remarks:
Manuel Arango, Founder, Cemefi

Christopher Harris, Senior Consultant, Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre

Key Note Speaker:
Atallah Kuttab, Founder, SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory in the Arab Region

Description: Global philanthropy, defined as the blend of various discourses and practices from around the world with their distinctive characteristics embedded in local cultures, is witnessing a revival and experiencing new ways and approaches including attracting new players to deal with societal issues. It is globalized and driven not by money only but also by the values of justice and equity. This comes at a time when we are witnessing closing space for civil society in many countries and disruption in social and governance values and rise of populism in countries like the US, UK, and other parts of the world. The richness and diversity of global philanthropy are providing hope and source of inspiration for keeping bridges open between societies and put right what went wrong with globalization by keeping the world connected and hopefully balance the destructive forces against equitable just societies.


Friday, February 24

Collective Impact through Collaboration: Dramas and Results
11:45 AM – 13:00 PM

Tariq Cheema, Founder and President, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

Lost in Translation Players:
Barry Gaberman, Chair Emeritus, WINGS

Samar Haidar, Executive Director, Arab Human Rights Fund

Christopher Harris, Senior Consultant, Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre

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

Barry Knight, Executive Director, CENTRIS

Atallah Kuttab, Chairman, SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory

Tao Ze, President, China Foundation Center

Wendy Richardson, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Carolina Suarez, Executive Director, Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (AFE)

João Paulo Vergueiro, CEO, Brazilian Fundraisers Association (ABCR)

Ana Vanessa Deister, Fomento Social Banamex

Description: With global problems and responses becoming ever more complex, collaboration across organizations and sectors is no longer a choice but a necessity. Yet the challenges around successful cooperation among stakeholders – foundations, civic groups, private enterprises, political actors and others – are persistent and stand in the way of achieving social progress. This session features a lighthearted dramatization followed by more sober analysis of examples on the ground. If we want to move from project-based philanthropy to movements for significant change, what are some of the basic principles of robust collaboration?

Closing Remarks & Invitation to WINGSForum 2020
13:00 – 13:30 PM

Ana Toni, Executive Director, Instituto Clima e Sociedade

Jorge V. Villalobos Grzybowicz, Executive President, Cemefi

Bhekikonsi Moyo, Chair, African Philanthropy Network