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[Infographic] WINGS Network Profile 2012

January 26, 2013

This week's infographic provides some basic facts about the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support, better known as WINGS, a network of 147 organizations in 53 countries working to encourage and strengthen philanthropy and a culture of giving globally.

The graphic, which is based on responses from fifty-two WINGS member organizations (and was produced in partnership with the Foundation Center), shows, among other things, that the growth in organizations supporting philanthropy globally is accelerating and that the longer an organization has been around, the more likely it is to participate in advocacy and research activities related to philanthropy.


With the global economy generating wealth at an accelerating rate, philanthropy will be expected to play an ever-larger role in addressing and mitigating urgent environmental, social, and security challenges. For its part, WINGS has set itself the goal of determining, over the next five years, whether the philanthropic sector will continue to grow globally, or whether it has reached a saturation point. We look forward to reporting on those efforts.


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WINGS looks as if it's doing great work in the community. From the infographic though, it looks as if there are no grantmakers from South America participating in the network. Considering the size of Brazil's economy, it's difficult for me to believe that there are no grantmakers doing noteworthy work there. I'd be interested to hear comments from others about under and/or non-represented parts of the world.

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