Systems Innovation Workshop for Catalytic Funding Initiatives in Zambia

28-3-2017 to 28-3-2017 Southern Sun Hotel, Lusaka

On Tuesday, March 28 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the Southern Sun hotel, Lusaka, the SDG Philanthropy Platform and UN Zambia will host an interactive, collaborative workshop to identify pathways for innovations which can lead to transformative solutions for children in Zambia. This workshop will bring together a diverse group of actors from the government, donors, social enterprises, businesses, innovators, faith based organizations and not-for-profit organizations with the aim of brainstorming and generating innovation opportunities.

The workshop aims to build joint and shared understanding on dimensions for success and leverage points, where more and more organizations and people decide to use their investment decisions in order to shift the needle on the well-being of children in Zambia. The SDGPP team will use insights from the workshop as an input to launch a $130,000 challenge prize for three or four organizations who come up with ideas for solutions per agreed criteria.

Follow #PhilSDGs for workshop updates.

New SDG Philanthropy Platform Site Launched

23-3-2017 Global

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a critical opportunity to promote sustainable growth for all. 193 governments have committed to integrating the goals and targets into their own national development plans, establishing policies and programmes. Philanthropy, social finance and private capital can be part of collective mechanisms to achieve the SDGs, and there is rising partnership and collaboration to achieve goals.

Governments are primarily responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. Success of the SDGs depends on government’s ability to prompt transformative action and collaboration. A key challenge often preventing social investors from working in collaboration with public sector and the UN is complexity, including:

-        Lack of clarity on whether the investment is required in a country

-        Absence of information on the opportunities, including understanding of the philanthropic landscape in the country and potential partners

-        What are the processes in a country for SDG planning, implementation and monitoring

-        What are the participatory mechanisms and means for engagement for philanthropy and social investors so their contribution is recognized at each step

The SDG Philanthropy Platform, rooted in the UN system, is seeking to take in-country complex systems and processes for the planning, implementation and monitoring of SDGs, and make this available to social investors. We mapped key processes, stakeholders, and coordinating institutions through which philanthropy can get guidance on what it means to “invest in the SDGs”.

See our first maps for Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia 

Design-Thinking Workshop: Collaborative Pathways to Universal Safe, Affordable Water in Ghana

23-3-2017 to 23-3-2017 Holiday Inn, Accra

On Thursday, March 23 from 8:15am to 5:00pm at the Holiday Inn, Accra, the SDG Philanthropy Platform will host a creative workshop of high-level, diverse groups working on the theme of water in Ghana. Participants are drawn from government, academia, NGOs, think and do tanks, social enterprises, private sector etc. They will work together to brainstorm on innovative solutions to water challenges.

The workshop is designed to be an interactive, collaborative, results-building process to give voice to the best minds in the water sector in Ghana and beyond. Participants will complete a systemic review of what is working and what is not in scaling clean water across Ghana. The workshop will also explore the intersectionality of clean water with other SDGs. Participants will set the framework to drive change, make a huge impact, and save precious resources through avoiding redundancies and known pitfalls.

We hope that at the end of the workshop, participants will have a uniform appreciation of system thinking as well as three critical pathways to effect change.

Follow the SDG Philanthropy Platform Twitter @PhilSDGs for event updates.

How can we be more strategic to enable a sustainable peace within the SDGs framework?

17-3-2017 UNDP Office, Carrera, Colombia

On the 17th of March 2017, from 8:30 - 10:30am at the UNDP Office in Carrera, the Association of Corporate and Family Foundations (AFE) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have organised a learning workshop highlighting AFE Colombia's Report on Peace and Philanthropy in the light of the SDGs. AFE Colombia has prepared this report as part of its partnership with the SDG Philanthropy Platform.
The workshop aims to gain insight from participants, collect new information, and understand further challenges identified by civil society and philanthropy in the process to support peace building in Colombia.
The workshop will hold an interactive discussion session on the information in the report.

Looking to the Future: Localising the Global Goals in Minnesota

9-3-2017 Medtronic Foundation 710 Medtronic Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55432

There are significant challenges facing Minnesota’s communities, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes. In Minnesota, members of the philanthropic community work in a variety of innovative and collaborative ways to address these challenges and create a sustainable future.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform, Council on Foundations, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Medtronic Foundation, are excited to co-host a meeting in the Twin Cities on March 9, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across Minnesota supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mayors around the U.S. – including Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges - agreed to implement these goals in their cities alongside federal agencies, all working towards ending extreme poverty and leaving no one behind in a more equitable America by 2030.

This event will discuss the following themes:

As American philanthropy grapples with local challenges, how do solutions and experiences link to challenges elsewhere around the globe? How can the Global Goals enhance domestic programs in the United States? How can funders in Minnesota develop innovative approaches to local challenges and join other cities and states across the U.S in utilizing the SDGs framework?


Morning discussions will highlight ongoing efforts of Minnesota philanthropy, current needs and recent analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs. The afternoon will feature deep-dive conversations around specific areas of ongoing work in Minnesota and how funders can explore new approaches and partnerships to reaching ambitious targets locally, including education, economic security, and health.

Speakers will include:

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
Trista Harris, President, Minnesota Council on Foundations
R.T. Rybak, President, Minneapolis Foundation
Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Chair of Board, Council on Foundations
Jacob Gayle, Vice President for Philanthropy, Medtronic Philanthropy
Jennifer Chavez-Rubio, Senior Director, Global Engagement, Medtronic Philanthropy
Criag Helmstetter, Senior Research Manager, Wilder Research
Andreas Hipple, Senior Program Advisor, GHR Foundation
Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships, Foundation Center
Natalie Ross, Senior Director of Global Philanthropy and Partnerships, Council on Foundations
Mike Beard, Global Health Director and Exec Director of Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation

For more information, see the Council on Foundations Event Page

Storify: SDG Philanthropy Platform Launch Event in India

24-1-2017 Mumbai, India

High-level roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -Philanthropy Platform Imperial Hall, The Taj Mahal Palace, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Tuesday, 24th January 2017.

High-level Roundtable on the SDG Philanthropy Platform, Mumbai

24-1-2017 Mumbai, India

The SDG Philanthropy Platform and partners will host a high-level Roundtable on the SDGs and philanthropy in India on the 24th of January 2017, in Mumbai, India's financial hub. The event will be attended by a wide range of stakeholders and partners including government, private sector and philanthropy, and moderated by Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Ruchi Mohanty, Partnerships & Engagement Specialist of UNDP India, Jaco Cilliers, UNDP India Country Director, and Radhika Shah, Platform Advisor and Co-President of Stanford A&E will participate in and share perspectives at the event, along with Indian philanthropists including Paula Mariwala, Founder & Co-President at Stanford A & E India, and foundation leadership including Pragnya Ram, Group Executive President at Aditya Birla Group.

WingsForum 2017 – Critical Philanthropy: Addressing Complexity, Challenging Ourselves

22-2-2017 to 24-2-2017 Mexico City

What is WINGSForum about?
WINGSForum, WINGS’ flagship event, brings together a globally diverse group of senior staff of philanthropy support organizations and leaders in philanthropy to share knowledge, network, and advance effective philanthropy worldwide.Held every three years, WINGSForum has become the premier event in the global philanthropy community. Focused on identifying new innovations in the sector, WINGSForum was designed as a peer learning experience where philanthropy leaders could share practical lessons and inspiration from their work.

What to expect from  WINGSForum 2017?
WINGSForum 2017 will provide 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. The upcoming forum will set the stage and provide an environment that helps facilitate, support, and encourage innovative and thoughtful discussions on recognising the potential to influence social change; challenging current models and practices of philanthropy; creating the conditions for philanthropy to thrive.WINGSForum 2017 will be held from 22-24 February 2017 in Mexico City at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. A primary financial, political and cultural center of Latin America, Mexico City will be a wonderful backdrop for our global community of philanthropy influencers.

SDG Philanthropy Platform Supports Effective Development Co-operation Summit during HLM2 in Kenya

28-11-2016 to 1-12-2016 Nairobi, Kenya

Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), Nairobi, 28th November – 1st December

The SDG Philanthropy Platform Kenya will actively participate in the HLM2 summit in Nairobi, Kenya (November 28 - December 01), under the auspices of The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. The Platform will lead a session on the Catalytic Role of Philanthropy in Africa (29 November), as part of the larger OECD-organized Philanthropy Forum. Arif Neky, National Coordinator of the SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya, will also join Inclusive and Effective Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: How to strengthen ownership, results, transparency and mutual accountability (November 30), showcasing the Platform’s achievements in Kenya. The Platform Kenya will join How Can Foundations Better Collaborate with Governments? From Evidence to Action (December 01), outlining the Platform’s support for the Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement (GEPE) initiative, implemented under OECD netFWD in collaboration with the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) as well as two events in promoting Primary Health Care partnerships across Kenya and on inclusive business led by the Business Call to Action.

For more information please visit :

Follow the discussion on Twitter: @PhilSDGs  @UNDPKenya  @DevCooperation

SDG Philanthropy Platform as #GivingTuesday featured partner by CAF America

21-11-2016 to 25-11-2016

#GivingTuesday, held on November 29, 2016, is a global day dedicated to philanthropy. In the lead up to the celebration of this day, SDG Philanthropy Platform partner CAF America will highlight the most innovative programs and projects initiated by corporate donors active in the philanthropic landscape in order to inspire and encourage impactful giving.

The role of the SDG Philanthropy Platform to catalyze philanthropic partnerships for global development is to be highlighted during the campaign and highlighted at the CAF America website.

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Follow the conversation at @CAFAmerica@PhilSDGs


Convergence: Philanthropy as a Partner in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

21-9-2016 Ford Foundation

In this month, world leaders will meet once again in New York for the United Nations General Assembly opening week and other key events, considering challenges and concerting action for the year to come. The world is half a year into the implementation phase of Agenda 2030 - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - whose ambitious timeline for achievement is less than a generation. The SDG Philanthropy Platform and our expanding network of partners are organizing a side event during the opening week of the UN General Assembly to learn, exchange and partnership-building around the SDGs agenda. This year, the focus will be on how, in these crucial first two years, we can build the foundation for solid progress and ensure no one is left behind. We will bring together leaders in government, philanthropy, the UN system, civil society and business to explore themes including promoting inclusion, reducing inequality, women’s empowerment, education, and approaches to the SDGs like better data systems and impact investing. The convening will also emphasize the ‘universality’ agenda and what it means for SDG planning in the US and Europe, and what governments can do to create an enabling environment for the philanthropy sector and grantees.

The event is now fully booked. Please see below the agenda of the event. Also, please sign up to SDGfunders newsletters for information on upcoming events.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Ratification Event

21-9-2016 UN Headquarters

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from all countries to attend a special event on 21 September 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York from 8:00-9:00am to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity to other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the agreement before the end of 2016. The agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance with the Secretary-General. It is expected that the September event will help efforts to secure early entry into force of the agreement.
At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is leading a process for civil society to apply to attend this event as observers.

Civil society representatives that work on climate change mitigation or adaptation interested in attending this event may apply here:
Travel funding is not available from the UN for this event.

DEADLINE: 12 September 2016

Private companies interested in attending this event, please apply via Global Compact. Instructions are available here:

Convergence: Philanthropy as a Partner in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - UN General Assembly Opening Week Side Event

21-9-2016 New York, NY

UN General Assembly Opening Week Side Event - September 21, 8:15 am – 2:00 pm event ‘Convergence: Philanthropy as a Partner in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’, with Ford Foundation. The SDG Philanthropy Platform and our expanding network of partners invites you to join us for a day of learning, exchange and partnership-building around the SDGs agenda. This year, the focus will be on how, in these crucial first two years, we can build the foundation for solid progress and ensure no one is left behind. We will bring together leaders in government, philanthropy, the UN system, civil society and business to explore themes including promoting inclusion, reducing inequality, women’s empowerment, education, and approaches to the SDGs like better data systems and impact investing. The convening will also emphasize the ‘universality’ agenda and what it means for SDG planning in the US and Europe, and what governments can do to create an enabling environment for the philanthropy sector and grantees.

United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants

19-9-2016 New York, NY

This is the first time the united Nations General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants and it is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response. The Summit will be attended by heads of state and government, Ministers, and leaders from the UN System, civil society, private sector, international organizations, academia, and beyond in alignment with the General Assembly resolution establishing the summit’s modalities. But there will be many more people who will be following the Summit through the Internet, social media, and a myriad of related events taking place around the world, with the Summit webcast live on SDG Philanthropy Platform continues to engage more foundations committed to advance humanitarian work to attend the summit in September.
Learn more:

World Humanitarian Day


This annual event recognizes aid workers worldwide who provide critical assistance to people affected by crisis. This year’s theme, “One Humanity,” marks the collective commitments made by the UN and its partners during the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this year to ensure that aid workers can safely and more effectively deliver to those in need. Follow the SDG Philanthropy Platform online as we highlight the work of foundations to support the SDGs and global humanitarian action using the hashtags #WorldHumanitarianDay and #ShareHumanity.

High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

11-7-2016 to 20-7-2016 New York, NY

The High Level Political Forum is the United Nations' central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to provide political leadership, guidance, and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda's implementation; keep track of progress towards the SDGs; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science, and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues. The SDG Philanthropy Platform, as a vehicle for multi-stakeholder partnerships to propel the global sustainable development agenda, will be featured during the official meetings. The Platform's publication Converging Interests: Philanthropy-Government Collaboration to Achieve the SDGs will be officially announced at the Partnership Exchange event on July 18.

European Offices and Funding: Options for US NGOs


Is your organization considering opening up a European office? Would you like to learn how to diversify your funding to include European donors, such as DFID, EU, and SIDA? 

Join an informative workshop on the benefits and challenges of opening up an office in Europe on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 1:30- 3:30 PM. This event will be hosted at InterAction (1400 16th St, NW, Suite 210, DC) and be facilitated by Alexander Knapp, Chief Executive, AKCGlobal Group.

The workshop will cover:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of a European presence/office
  • The largest European donors, their priorities and opportunities to access them
  • A city-by-city tour of international development hubs in Europe
  • An overview of European networks and ‘multipliers’ for NGOs in development
  • A case study of practical options in the UK/London; including:
    • Formal and informal routes to the DFID and EU donor markets
    • Legal incorporation options (from for-profit, to social enterprise, to charity)
    • Operational options for representation (from part-time consultant to four-person office)
    • Business development strategies and ‘lessons-learned’ from other NGOs


Questions: Contact Alexander Knapp,

YPC 2016 International Conference: Building Tomorrow, Together: The Future of Philanthropy

7-7-2016 to 9-7-2016 Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® in Anaheim, CA

The conference will be held July 7-9, 2016 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® in Anaheim, CA for youth philanthropists (ages 8-21) and the adults who support them. Along with workshops on basics in philanthropy, YPC will be focusing on innovations in philanthropy and the next generation of philanthropists.
Online registration has closed.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Katherine at call/text (818-860-2972) or


Webinar: How to Connect Your Work to the Sustainable Development Goals


2:00-3:00 pm ET | Free

The SDGs provide a unified global development agenda with indicators of change that will quickly become important measures of impact for philanthropic organizations working in related issue areas. Join panelists from USAID, the UN Development Programme, and Foundation Center to learn more about the SDGs, discover ways to connect local and regional work to global development, and understand how your grantmaking can play an important role in this worldwide effort.

To register, please visit GrantSpace.

2016 International Grantmaking Symposium

10-5-2016 to 15-5-2016 United Nations Headquarters, New York

Presented by CAF America and UNDP, the International Grantmaking Symposium is a two-day educational training for nonprofits, corporate foundations, and corporations interested in international giving. This year’s Symposium will feature speakers and panelists from the philanthropic sector and beyond, and explore the critical role of international grantmaking in achieving global progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. During a series of interactive workshops and presentations, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the rules and norms regulating international grantmaking, the roles of philanthropy and business as drivers of change, and the best tools for measuring impact.

Side Event at the World Humanitarian Summit

23-5-2016 to 24-5-2016

The SDG Philanthropy Platform along with partners such as the Humanitarian Forum, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the Government of Romania will convene at a side event during the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey. As part of the Platform’s objective to identify opportunities and best practices for philanthropy in addressing conflict and disasters, this event will engage stakeholders in the Global South that are working to advance humanitarian action. For more information, please contact

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) 2016 Conference

23-5-2016 to 25-5-2016

AVPN’s annual conference brings together leaders from philanthropy and the global social impact community. This year’s event, to be held in Hong Kong from May 23 to May 25, will address how social investing is shaping different regions in Asia. Among many conference highlights, an Investment Showcase will give 30 social impact organizations the opportunity to present their work to an audience of potential funders and partners. In addition, featured sessions will address issues including poverty alleviation, engaging the next generation of social investors, and philanthropy’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.