WINGS 2017 Forum Report


WINGSForum 2017, WINGS’ flagship event, took place on February 22-24, 2017 in Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. A primary financial, political and cultural center of Latin America, Mexico City was a wonderful backdrop for our global community of philanthropy influencers, ranging from WINGS’ members, network participants, funders, and leaders in philanthropy. This year the event was co-hosted by the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia, Cemefi. Within Cemefi, a host committee comprised of the Asociación Española de Fundaciones, Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (AFE Colombia), and European Foundation Centre formed to fund and promote the event alongside WINGS.

WINGSForum 2017 provided an opportunity for reflection on the state of affairs in our field and on the dynamics of power, money and participation. Given the urgency of global crises and challenges to civil society, we must harness the potential of philanthropy, in all its diversity, for a more inclusive, equitable world. As the only existing conference with a focus on the infrastructure of global philanthropy, we were able to connect and affect change across many issues facing the sector today, such as shrinking space for philanthropy, advocacy, evaluation, data, or cross-sectoral collaboration.

The forum set the stage and provided an environment for participants to facilitate, support, and encourage innovative and thoughtful discussions on recognizing the potential to influence social change; challenging current models and practices of philanthropy; and creating the conditions for philanthropy to thrive.


WINGSForum 2017 was a tremendous success, bringing together over 300 participants representing 44 countries and over 170 organizations across the globe. These participants represented mostly philanthropy membership associations, foundations, support organizations, academic institutions, among others.

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