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“netFWD allowed us to reconfirm our focus on results, on partnership with government and on advocating for philanthropy as a driver of global development. Thanks to this community of like-minded foundations, we no longer perceive ourselves as isolated contributors to development, and now recognise our collective value as one ‘piece’ of the development puzzle”.

Instituto Ayrton Senna, Brazil


“netFWD is more than a membership body – it’s a vehicle with potential to drive powerful change in our sector”.

STARS Foundation, UK


 “We believe that solutions to such complex [developmental] challenges must involve a mix of actors that involve governments, foundations, civil society and the business sector, interacting in new ways. […] That’s why we are honoured to be part of netFWD”.

The Rockefeller Foundation, USA




Events in 2015



News Media: The OECD Development Centre announces the "Foundations Accelerating Impact 2030" initiative and discusses how to leverage migration, remittances and diaspora during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Newsletter "netFWD 2nd anniversary"

The "Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement (GEPEs)", a practical tool to bridge the communication and collaboration gap between foundations and governments, as well as other development stakeholders, with the aim of improving development outcomes.


25 September: Roundtable on "Optimising Philanthropy's Potential to Fast-Track the SDGs", hosted by the Ford Foundation in New York

13 July: netFWD side event "Rethinking philanthropy's contribution to the Financing for Development agenda and beyond" in Addis Ababa

3-4 March: netFWD Meeting and netFWD Workshop on "Foundations as catalysts of change: What role in supporting youth and education?" in Paris

25 February: netFWD Workshop on "Brainstorming on Impact" in London

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Chapter "Foundations as development partners" in the report "Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2014 - Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development"

The first pilot of the "Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement" was launched in November 2014 in Mexico

Report "Measuring private development assistance: emerging trends and challenges" by Sarah Hénon

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netFWD members are foundations working in a range of different fields related to development and operate all over the world.

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany); Dubai Cares (Dubai, UAE); Emirates Foundation for Youth Development (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Ford Foundation (New York City, USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal); Instituto Ayrton Senna (São Paulo, Brazil); Lundin Foundation (Vancouver, Canada); Mo Ibrahim Foundation (London, UK); Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development (Basel, Switzerland); Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (Cairo, Egypt); Shell Foundation (London, UK); Sinopec-Addax Petroleum Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland); Stars Foundation (London, UK); The Rockefeller Foundation (New York City, USA); Total Foundation (Paris, France); W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, USA).

Read more about netFWD Members & Associates