AVPN Southeast Asia Social Investing Summit 2020

12-2-2020 to 14-2-2020 Bali, Indonesia

After 3 years of successfully hosting the AVPN Myanmar Summit, AVPN is expanding this event to cover the broader Southeast Asia region and moving to Bali, Indonesia in February 2020. The AVPN Southeast Asia Social Investing Summit 2020 will bring together philanthropists, corporations, impact investors, financial institutions and other social investors and capacity builders working across the continuum of capital to address key social challenges facing Southeast Asia today and in the future. As with every AVPN event, the convening will be focused on connection and collaboration with an emphasis on actionable and market-focused strategies to drive more capital towards impact.

Themed ‘The Power of Networks’, the event will aim to help partners and delegates harness opportunities to collaborate, share experiences, learn from best practices, find partners and investable opportunities, and lead change to achieve their goals in a much larger scale.

To learn more about the event, please visit: https://seasummit.avpn.asia/

12th Convergences World Forum: Inequalities – Transitions - Solutions

5-9-2019 to 6-9-2019 Paris

The 12th edition of the Convergences World Forum will take place on September 5&6 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris. More than 5,000 attendees and speakers from the business, solidarity, government, academic and media will gather to share ideas and build solutions around the theme “Inequalities – Transitions - Solutions”.

Over the past 10 years, the Convergences World Forum became a unique meeting place for the public sector, private companies, civil society, and the media. It is an unmissable event for all actors committed to sustainable development and fighting poverty, that gathers emblematic personalities and international experts.

The Convergences World Forum consists of 2 days of inspiration and debate, workshops and networking time to share ideas and initiatives to co-construct a fair and sustainable world.

Please visit the registration page for details.

For further information: www.convergences.org

Venice City Solutions – Financing the SDGs at local level

16-11-2018 to 17-10-2018 Venice, Italy

This event is organized within the context of the Local2030: Localizing the SDGs initiative, currently hosted by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. The Venice City Solutions is co-organized by UN-Habitat, United Nations Capital Development Fund – UNCDF and the United Nations Development Programme. The Venice activity is hosted by AICCRE, the Italian association of local governments for the CEMR, and United Cities and Local Government

Venice City Solutions is opened to local and regional governments, ministries in charge of planning, finances or overall implementation of Agenda 2030, as well as selected partners such development banks, donors and private sector with the objective to identify existing experiences, gathering data and providing solutions to the challenge of how to finance the implementation of the SDGs at local level.

For more information please visit http://www.localizingthesdgs.org/event/view/282 or contact diana.lopez @un.org .

Concept for Innovative Health Sector Financing: the Rwanda Treasury & Health Bond

12-10-2017 to 12-10-2017 Geneva Social Good Summit

The Rwanda Treasury & Health Bond (RTHB) is an innovative financing mechanism developed and marketed by the Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) and the National Bank of Rwanda and in consultation with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and the support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The Rwanda Treasury & Health Bond aims to unlock additional funding to the Rwanda health sector.

Click here for more information: Rwanda Treasury & Health Bond Sweep Concept

Strengthening Local Communities to Achieve Global Goals

3-8-2017 to 3-8-2017 Hotel Chaco 2000 Bellamah Ave Albuquerque, NM 87104

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Register for free here.


There are significant challenges facing communities in the Southwest, including racial inequality in education, economic opportunities and health outcomes.

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This set of 17 global goals was adopted by 193 countries, including the United States, in 2015. Mayors around the U.S. have 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.

As American philanthropy grapples with local challenges, how do our solutions and experiences link to challenges elsewhere around the globe? We will discuss how these global goals can enhance domestic programs in the United States, and how funders in the Southwest can develop innovative approaches and partnerships to impact local challenges.

This event will be the sixth location in a national dialogue with local philanthropy on the SDGs, following convenings in 2015 and 2016 in Little Rock, San Francisco, New York City, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. These meetings led to our 2016 report, From Global Goals to Local Impact: How philanthropy can help achieve the SDGs in the U.S. This event was developed in partnership with the SDG Philanthropy Platform and the Foundation Center.


Morning discussions will highlight ongoing efforts of Southwest philanthropy, present new research on needs in the region and analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs in the US and around the world.

The afternoon will feature deep-dive conversations around specific areas of ongoing work in the region, exploring how funders can undertake new approaches and partnerships to reaching ambitious targets locally, specifically linked to inequality, workforce development and economic security, and health.


Additional speakers to be announced.

3rd West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series for 2017

20-6-2017 to 22-6-2017 University of Ghana Business School

The 3rd West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series for 2017 on the theme: Mobilizing African Giving to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
The policy dialogue will be held in conjunction with International Society for Third Sector Research Africa Network (ISTRAN) Conference from 21st to 23rd June. The dialogue will explore ways through which giving in Africa can be harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will examine the current context of giving in Africa and propose strategies for ensuring its effective contribution to sustainable development.

Pearl Darko, from the SDG Philanthropy Platform will join other panelists on this event. As a speaker, she will shed light on the work of the SDGs Philanthropy Platform in Ghana and the challenges affecting local resource mobilization for the global agenda. 

Theme: Mobilising African giving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
Date: 22 June 2017
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Venue: University of Ghana Business School, Graduate Building, Accra
RSVP by emailing Regina Baiden at rbaiden@wacsi.orgFor further enquiries about the policy dialogue, please email Omolara Balogun, Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit at obalogun@wacsi.org or call +233 243746790.

European Venture Philanthropy Association Webinar

13-6-2017 to 13-6-2017 Webinar

In this 10th session of the EU Webinar Series, EVPA will demonstrate venture philanthropy and social investment as a potent instrument for advancing the SDGs, due to its highly effective, accountable and sustainable nature.

Practitioners from the sector representing different institutions will discuss their distinct approaches to pursuing the SDGs, thus shedding light on the various ways that VP/SI can be harnessed. The speakers will also share their experiences and insights as to what further measures are needed, in particular at the policy level, to facilitate, incentivise and hold to account private capital flows into SDGs.


  • Karen Wilson – GV Partners & OECD
  • Rina Kupferschmid Rojas – UBS Wealth Management
  • Fabio Segura – Jacobs Foundation
  • Speaker to be confirmed – Danone

Register here.



Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights Conference

5-6-2017 to 6-6-2017 Bonn


The Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE, Ruhr-University Bochum) and the Center for Human Rights Erlangen-Nuremberg (CHREN), in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will hold a conference on the topic of 'Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights' in Bonn, Germany on 6th and 7th of June 2017. Further information on the conference can be found at www.sdg-conference.de.

Join Rockefeller Philanthropy for a discussion on Postsecondary Success, Debt, and Philanthropy’s Role

19-6-2017 to 19-6-2017 Greenough Hub, NYC

As higher education struggles with increasing costs and decreasing public funding, many students are left with unsustainable amounts of debt.

Join RPA, the TIAA Institute and leaders in education and philanthropy for a conversation on new models and approaches to ensure that students have the support they need to complete their degrees and pay for their education.

Speakers will include:

  • Sandy Baum, Higher Education Economist and Senior Fellow, the Urban Institute
  • Rick CaleroPresident and CEO, TIAA-FSB; Aspen Finance Leaders Fellow 
  • Daniel Greenstein, Director of Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College
  • Zakiya Smith, Strategy Director for Finance and Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation 
  • Amy Holmes, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and Manager, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (moderator)  

With welcoming remarks from Stephanie Bell-RoseSenior Managing Director and Head, TIAA Institute, and Melissa Berman, President and CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Tuesday, June 20
8:30am – 9:00 | Breakfast
9:00am – 12:00pm | Program
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Networking lunch

730 Third Avenue
Greenough Hub, 27th Floor
New York, NY

RSVP to events@rockpa.org by June 9.

Webinar on Foundation Center's Data Strategy and Capacity Building Work

9-5-2017 to 9-5-2017

All SDGPP Pilot Countries and implementing partners joined a webinar on Foundation Center's global work on their data strategy and capacity building program. The webinar, titled ‘Developing a Data Strategy for Philanthropy and Building the Capacity to Implement it' – the role of Foundation Center with the SDG Philanthropy Platform’ took place on May 10, 2017, and was hosted by the SDG Philanthropy Platform.

Lauren Bradford, Director of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center was the key speaker. Other speakers included Arif Ekram, Manager of Global Partnerships at Foundation Center, Catherine Mwendwa, Program Officer at East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), and Arif Neky, Country Coordinator of SDGPP in Kenya. The speakers talked about the role and work of the Foundation Center in developing data strategies for philanthropy and building the capacity to implement it, and discuss how data strategy and capacity can be raised in, and connected with other sectors and in the UN system more broadly. There was also a discussion on the practical steps of collaboration between Foundation Center and the SDG Philanthropy Platform pilot countries and implementing partners, in delivering this work in a country.

The webinar was recorded and can be found here.

Reporting on the SDGs: what do investors need to know?

29-5-2017 to 29-5-2017 London; Online

This webinar will explore how companies can demonstrate to investors their commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals - and highlight what investors need to know.

The expert panel will give their perspective on this topical issue and take questions from the audience. Hear from:

Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and New Products, The World Bank

Martina Macpherson, Head of Sustainability Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Nando van Kleeff, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment & Governance, MN

Geoffrey Burger, Owner & Portfolio Manager, Culture Capital

Ariel Meyerstein, Senior VP Corporate Sustainability, Citi

(Moderator) Carolien Gadella van-Wersch, Director Business Development, eRevalue

Join this interesting conversation online. 3PM London time.

2017 AVPN Conference in Bangkok

6-6-2017 to 8-6-2017 Bangkok, Thailand

Now in its fifth year, the AVPN Conference will bring together a diverse group of funders and resource providers from around the globe to take part in the largest gathering of philanthropists and social investors in Asia. This premier event provides opportunities for knowledge sharing, collaboration and advocacy for the growth of the social sector ecosystem in Asia.

This year’s theme “Collaboration for Impact” reflects the importance of partnership across sectors and borders when looking to tackle some of Asia’s biggest challenges. The event will focus on the need for strategic and outcome-focused approaches to social investing across the full spectrum of social and financial returns – from grantmakers to impact investors.

The 3-day gathering will feature examples of collaboration from AVPN members across Asia including deep dives into sectors like education, health, livelihoods, the environment, and more. The program will also include AVPN’s Deal Share Live – Investment Showcase, featuring pitches from 30 social purpose organizations supported by AVPN Members.

At this year’s Conference, speakers will include thought leaders, innovators and practitioners from across the region that are all making strides to grow and improve the philanthropy and social investment sector in Asia.

IHRFG's 2017 New York Conference

9-7-2017 to 12-7-2017

In light of the global trends of closing civic space and rising authoritarianism, funders must chart out new strategies for supporting human rights movements in this challenging environment.

IHRFG's New York 2017 Conference will address the following questions:

  • What are the causes of right-wing populism and nationalism? What tactics do authoritarian regimes use (such as fake news, revisionist histories, and attacks on pluralism), how do these tactics work, and how can they be resisted?
  • How are funders and human rights organizations finding space to maneuver within an increasingly repressive environment? What lessons can be culled from funders, organizations, and movements operating in challenging contexts and how can they be applied to emerging situations? How can funders continue to move resources in the face of increased restrictions (and real or perceived risks)?
  • What practices can funders use to support resilience and security among their grantees (including non-traditional philanthropic models)?
  • How can grantmakers fund movements or groups that are not staffed NGOs or registered organizations? How can funders support transformative leadership?
  • How can funders and human rights organizations break out of their silos? What lessons can be learnt from cross-movement initiatives or collaborations?
  • What tools and strategies do movements use to coordinate advocacy, campaigns, and litigation for human rights? How can funders help expand the constituency for human rights through strategic communications and grassroots organizing?

Registration will open soon. Please check back in the coming weeks.

About IHRFG Conferences

IHRFG’s conferences are an opportunity for participating grantmakers to hear and engage with leading human rights practitioners, policy makers,  and peers on timely human rights issues. These events serve as learning and networking forums that promote the exchange of information and collaboration among grantmakers.

Of, For, and By Grantmakers: Attendance Eligibility

IHRFG’s convening events are only open to IHRFG members, invited speakers, and individuals eligible for membership. Staff whose functions are primarily fundraising at their grantmaking institution are not eligible for participation.

IHRFG membership is open to staff, consultants** and trustees of private foundations, corporate foundations, community giving programs, quasi-governmental giving programs, faith-based giving programs, philanthropic advocacy and support organizations, individual philanthropists with significant giving programs, and public charities (public foundations and community foundations) whose primary activity is grantmaking and who do not relate to other IHRFG members primarily as grant-seekers.

**Philanthropic consultants are eligible to attend IHRFG's events only when sponsored by a grantmaking institution, which must allow you to represent that active foundation/grantmaker affiliation.

A "Safe Space" for Funders: No-Solicitation Policy

Fundraising and solicitation of funding/meetings/consulting clients is absolutely prohibited at IHRFG meetings. Please review our no-solicitation policy for more details.

If you are an invited speaker at this conference, please take a moment to review our non-grantmaker panelist participation policy.

IHRFG Scholarship Fund for Global South Members

IHRFG has established a scholarship fund to encourage participation at our conferences of grantmakers in the Global South and East with limited funds. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you can do so as part of the online registration process for our conferences.

If you have questions, would prefer to contribute to the fund in other ways, or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Keith Armstrong, karmstrong@ihrfg.org.


The conference and institute will be held at New York University's School of Law, hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.


IHRFG did NOT block any hotel rooms for this conference. For those interested, we created a list of suggested accommodations near the conference venue and elsewhere in New York City.

Join the UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017

UNLEASH is a global not-for-profit initiative with the vision to build the world’s leading platform for innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each year leading up to 2030, 1,000 hand-picked top talents will come together to co-create breakthrough solutions with support from a vibrant ecosystem of investors, corporates, academics and expert facilitators.

The first event will kick off in Denmark in 2017. Right now, dedicated and innovative talents aged 20-35 can apply to participate in the event in Denmark. UNLEASH will cover the costs of flights, visa, and accommodation during the entire program in Denmark. See the invitation here and go to www.unleash.org to apply no later than May 1st, 2017.

Photos: Collaborative multistakeholder meetings in Ghana

19-6-2016 to 21-6-2016 Accra, Ghana

In a series of collaborative meetings held in Accra, Ghana, SDG Philanthropy Platform Ghana and Advisory Council, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the UN, government, philanthropy, NGOs, social enterprises, and civil society, worked to foster multistakeholder engagement, and affirmed the need for SDG priority mapping coordination between government and philanthropy.

SDGPP Ghana helps create a more enabled policy environment for philanthropy by supporting government SDG planning and implementation, advocating a stronger voice and role for philanthropy and by demonstrating its critical role.

Photos: SDG Coordination workshop in Riau Province

23-11-2016 Riau, Indonesia

The SDG Coordination workshop was held in Riau province on the 24th of November 2016 in Pekanbaru City. The workshop was attended by national and local government ministries, the private sector and philanthropy. Amongst the presenters were SDG Philanthropy Platform Indonesia and Filantropi Indonesia - who presented on the Platform and the role of philanthropy and business in achieving the SDGs.

Storify: Early Childhood & The Private Sector Roundtable Meeting

24-11-2016 Nairobi, Kenya

The Early Childhood & The Private Sector Roundtable Meeting took place at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on the 25th of November 2016, organised by the Aga Khan Foundation and University, Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Education), Kidogo, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Daraja, Serena Hotel, and supported by SDG Philanthropy Platform Kenya.

Meeting participants included the SDG Philanthropy Platform Kenya, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation (AKDN), government ministry members, Kidogo, Kenya ECD Network, AGA Khan Foundation East Africa (AKF-EA), Aga Khan University (AKU), Africa Population Health Research Center (APHRC), Daraja, Daycares Babycare Kenya, TheirWorld, Whizz Education, Discovery Learning, Jubilee Insurance, Afcorp investments, Safaricom, Johnson & Johnson, and Rubicom.

Photos: Forum 'Philanthropy and Business - SDGs for a better Indonesia' (FBI4SDGs) First Anniversary

8-3-2017 Jakarta, Indonesia

On the 9th of March 2017, SDG Philanthropy Platform Indonesia in partnership with Platform partner Filantropi Indonesia, and government and other partners from philanthropy and business celebrated the first anniversary of Forum 'Philanthropy and Business - SDGs for a better Indonesia' (FBI4SDGs).

Photos: Forum 'Philanthropy and Business - SDGs for a better Indonesia' (FBI4SDGs) one-day training session

2-4-2017 Jakarta, Indonesia

On April 3rd 2017, Forum 'Philanthropy and Business - SDGs for a better Indonesia' (FBI4SDGs) conducted a one-day training session on the National Action Plan for Philanthropy and Business platform with Filantropi Indonesia, to ensure that SDG-related private sector activities are acknowledged and recorded. SDG Indicator training was provided, and linkages between SDGs were explored. The training showed that proactive and open discussion between government, philanthropy and business are important to achieve the SDGs together.

Video: SDG Philanthropy Platform Experiences in the United States

3-4-2017 to 3-4-2017 GoToWebinar Online - SDG Philanthropy Platform Experiences in the United States

The online Webinar – ‘SDG Philanthropy Platform Experiences in the United States’, was held on  April 4th, 8:00 – 10:00 am EDT, hosted by the SDG Philanthropy Platform, with speaker Natalie Ross, Advisor to SDGPP in the US, and Senior Director,  Global Philanthropy and Partnerships at the Council on Foundations.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform was recently launched in the United States, with support from Council on Foundations (COF), Foundation Centre, and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers. SDGPP in the US and its partners have convened meetings of foundations in numerous cities, and together, launched the publication, From Global Goals to Local Impact: How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S.

Natalie Ross discussed her work for the Platform; the engagement strategy with foundations, the government and other stakeholders; how US partners are working on the SDGs; and practical steps of collaboration, including exchanging lessons learned with others; finally, participants engaged in interactive discussion on the topic of partnerships and action on the SDGs.

Storify: Strategic Workshop - Accelerating ECD Impacts in Kenya

29-3-2017 to 30-3-2017 Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

At SDGPP’s interactive workshop in Kenya, a broad range of stakeholders from government, UN, private sector, civil society and philanthropy mapped key drivers and accelerators influencing outcomes on Early Childhood Development (ECD), and identified critical intervention pathways. Exercises were inspired by the interconnected nature of the SDGs, with a focus on how to address complex challenges, and identifying intervention pathways that create transformative change.

Storify: Systems Innovation Workshop for Catalytic Funding Initiatives in Zambia

27-3-2017 to 27-3-2017 Southern Sun Hotel, Lusaka

On March 28 in Lusaka, SDGPP and UN Zambia hosted an interactive, collaborative workshop to identify pathways for innovation which can lead to transformative solutions for children in Zambia. This workshop brought together diverse actors from government, donors, social enterprises, businesses, innovators, faith based organizations and NGOs, to brainstorm and generate innovation opportunities, and build shared understanding on dimensions for success and leverage points to shift the needle on the well-being of children in Zambia.


New SDG Philanthropy Platform Site Launched

22-3-2017 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  www.sdgphilanthropy.org 

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

22-3-2017 to 22-3-2017 Holiday Inn, Accra

SDGPP’s interactive workshop in Accra enabled leaders to identify creative solutions to water challenges, using design-thinking as a framework. The workshop was attended by a range of stakeholders, who reviewed methods of scaling up access to clean water, and explored how clean water is related to other SDGs. An Open Challenge Prize was launched, where experts and stakeholders will be invited to display creative solutions, with up to three winners being awarded with seed funding.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform's new site www.sdgphilanthropy.org, was launched at the interactive workshop.

Photos: How Can We be More Strategic to Enable a Sustainable Peace within the SDGs Framework?

16-3-2017 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), held 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 aimed 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 included an interactive discussion session on the information in the report.

Photos: Looking to the Future: Localising the Global Goals in Minnesota

8-3-2017 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, co-hosted 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.

The event discussed 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 highlighted ongoing efforts of Minnesota philanthropy, current needs and recent analyses of local challenges, and discuss the broader context of the SDGs. The afternoon featured 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 included:

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


Storify: SDG Philanthropy Platform Launch Event in India

23-1-2017 Mumbai, India

The Platform launched in India at a high-level meeting in India’s financial hub of Mumbai, aiming to deepen partnerships to achieve the SDGs. The meeting was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including government, private sector and philanthropy. In India, the Platform aims to reduce duplication of efforts, leverage resources among partners, give grantees and donors a greater voice in the national plan for SDG implementation, and offer an avenue to identify and apply innovative methods from the private sector to UN and government programmes, focusing initially on investing in women and girls as an accelerator across the Goals.

The event was attended by a wide range of stakeholders and partners including government, private sector and philanthropy, and was 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 participated in and shared 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.

Storify: The SDGs as a Tool for Improving Enabling Environments for Philanthropy - WINGS Forum Roundtable Discussion

23-2-2017 Mexico City

At the WINGS Forum, the SDG Philanthropy Platform held an interactive roundtable discussion on Friday February 24th from 10:00 – 11:15 am in collaboration between SDG Philanthropy Platform partners Natalie Ross, Global Philanthropy Director, Council on Foundations; Heather Grady, Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and Lauren Bradford, Director, Global Partnerships, Foundation Center. At the roundtable discussion, speakers presented on how philanthropy networks in both the global north and south are using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to advocate to improve enabling environments.

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

27-11-2016 to 30-11-2016 Nairobi, Kenya

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

The SDG Philanthropy Platform Kenya actively participated 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 led a session on the Catalytic Role of Philanthropy in Africa (29 November), as part of the larger OECD-organized Philanthropy ForumKey session partners included Ford Foundation, Equity Group Foundation, Kuza Biashara, E4Impact, Rockefeller Foundation, Kenya Community Development Fund (KCDF), Housing Finance Foundation and many others. The SDG Philanthropy Platform publication 'Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya', was officially launched at the Catalytic Role of Philanthropy in Africa session - See Photos and Storify.

Arif Neky, National Coordinator of the SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya, also joined 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 also joined 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.

Campaigns: SDG Philanthropy Platform as #GivingTuesday featured partner by CAF America

20-11-2016 to 24-11-2016

#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 highlighted 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 was highlighted during the campaign and on the CAF America website.

See http://www.cafamerica.org/sdg-philantrhopy-platform/ and https://www.givingtuesday.org


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

20-9-2016 New York, NY

The SDG Philanthropy Platform and partners held the 'Convergence: Philanthropy as a Partner in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' event in New York on the 21st of September, as a side event to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2016.

The side event was a day of learning, exchange and partnership-building around the SDGs agenda, with a focus on how, in these crucial first two years, we can build the foundation for solid progress and ensure no one is left behind.

The event was attended by leaders in government, philanthropy, the UN system, civil society and business, who explored themes including promoting inclusion, reducing inequality, women’s empowerment, education, and approaches to the SDGs, including better data systems and impact investing. The convening also emphasized 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 SDG Philanthropy Platform publication 'Converging Interests: Philanthropy-Government Collaboration to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals', was officially launched at the side event.

United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants

18-9-2016 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 was 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. SDG Philanthropy Platform continues to engage more foundations committed to advance humanitarian work to attend the summit in September.
Learn more: https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/summit

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.

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

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/european-offices-and-funding-options-for-us-ngos-tickets-25926559036

Questions: Contact Alexander Knapp, aknapp@akc.global

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

6-7-2016 to 8-7-2016 Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® in Anaheim, CA

The conference was 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.


2016 International Grantmaking Symposium

9-5-2016 to 14-5-2016 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. The 2016 Symposium featured speakers and panelists from the philanthropic sector and beyond, and explored the critical role of international grantmaking in achieving global progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. During a series of interactive workshops and presentations, attendees gained 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.

Storify: World Humanitarian Summit Side Event

22-5-2016 to 23-5-2016

The SDG Philanthropy Platform along with partners such as the Humanitarian Forum, the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the Government of Romania convened 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 engaged stakeholders in the Global South that are working to advance humanitarian action.

Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) 2016 Conference

22-5-2016 to 24-5-2016

AVPN’s annual conference brings together leaders from philanthropy and the global social impact community. The 2016 event, held in Hong Kong from May 23 to May 25, addressed how social investing is shaping different regions in Asia. Among many conference highlights, an Investment Showcase gave 30 social impact organizations the opportunity to present their work to an audience of potential funders and partners. In addition, featured sessions addressed issues including poverty alleviation, engaging the next generation of social investors, and philanthropy’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.