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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


 "NetFWD is ensuring that the broader philanthropic sector has a place at the table when the international community meets to discuss development policy and practice. By engaging with foundations in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as with established networks in North America and Europe, NetFWD is helping facilitate a more global conversation about the contributions philanthropy can make around the world and productive partnerships for sustainable development.”

Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland







New! Blog Post Philanthropy brings more than money to solve the world's greatest development challenges, by Bathylle Missika, posted in the Foundation of Luxembourg's Philanthropy Letter- Winter Edition 2017

netFWD shares insights on partnering with governments in the latest OECD Development Cooperation Report. See page 41 in the report.

Blog post "Partnering with philanthropy to optimise a country's resources: Mexico's case"

Latest netFWD news in the April 2016 newsletter



25 April 2018 : Paris, Fondation de France | Séminaire Philanthropie et APD. Co-organisers: Fondation de France, GRET

25 April 2018 : Geneva, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) | Conference of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. Organiser: Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)


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2017 netFWD study "Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer, Evidence From Kenya"

2017 netFWD study "Bringing Foundations and Governments Closer, Evidence From India".

2016 netFWD Study "Bringing foundations and Governments Closer, A Cross- country Analysis". This report analyses the experiences of India, Kenya, Mexico and Myanmar in implementing the Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement.

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

Aga Khan Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland); Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh, Germany); Family Health International Foundation (Durham, USA) Fondation Chanel (Paris, France); Fondation Sanofi Espoir (Paris, France); Fundación Banorte (Mexico City, Mexico); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal); Instituto Ayrton Senna (São Paulo, Brazil); Itaú Social Foundation (San Paulo, Brazil); Mo Ibrahim Foundation (London, UK); Novartis Foundation (Basel, Switzerland); Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (Cairo, Egypt); Siemens Stiftung (Munich, Germany); Shell Foundation (London, UK); Stars Foundation (London, UK); Syngenta Foundation (Basel, Switzerland); W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, USA).

Read more about netFWD Members & Associates