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National & Regional Association Meeting:

creating, sustaining, and reinventing philanthropy umbrella organizations

On April 24-26, WINGS will host a peer-learning event in Jamaica, co-hosted by the new Caribbean Network of Foundations, titled “National & Regional Association Meeting: creating, sustaining, and reinventing philanthropy umbrella organizations“. The objective is to support emerging philanthropic networks and existing associations as a way to develop local resources for civil society and strengthen foundation’s work.

This meeting is for both emerging and established associations working at the regional and national levels. The objective of the meeting is for senior-level philanthropy leaders to build the capacity of their organizations by learning new knowledge, covering technical issues, as well as thought-leadership in the field.  

Philanthropy associations, and specifically national and regional umbrella organizations, can act as a beacon in bringing attention to important issues, connecting and coordinating foundations, building capacity, advocating for and representing the philanthropy field in their context. Yet, there are still many countries without associations, and where they exist they face a fast changing environment and need to adapt.

 This global meeting will bring together umbrella associations to reflect not only on our field, but on our successes and failures as associations. We hope to identify best practices and innovations, illustrate different business, organizational, and governance models, and reflect jointly on thought leadership in a fast changing philanthropic landscape.

 Beyond practical issues and models, the meeting, based on an interactive and participatory approach, will also cover deeper questions facing this specific type of infrastructure organizations: how to find the right balance between services and thought-leadership, how to mobilize members across divides and differences, how to collaborate with other philanthropy support organizations to collectively strengthen the field, and how to protect and expend the philanthropic sector in times of tensions on the enabling environment.


The inputs from meeting will be used to design a guide that will present the functions, models, challenges and innovations of these associations. This tool, which will be made available to all, will leverage our collective knowledge and diverse experiences to help new umbrella organizations develop where they are needed and to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the existing ones. 


 WINGS Members:    Free 
 Non-Members:    $350 USD

* Participants are responsible for their travel and board expenses.  A limited amount of scholarships will be available for this meeting for WINGS members. Consult Sarah for questions.


Target Audience: Senior leaders from emerging or established associations, foundations considering or interested in setting up an association. All associations and philanthropy support organizations are welcome, but there will be a special emphasis on place-based associations (national, regional, state, etc.)


Contact: To express initial interest and be added to our communications list about the meeting, please email Sarah Brown-Campello at



Note on other events:

This meeting will occur the week before the Council on Foundation's biennial conference in Miami, a short distance from Jamaica. Find our more about their meeting here.


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