netFWD bubbles image

“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







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

Latest netFWD news in the April 2016 newsletter

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.


September 2016 (TBC): "New coalitions for SDG 5: philanthropic support for realising women’s and girls’ rights", side-event to the UN General Assembly, New York

9-10 March 2016: netFWD Annual Meeting and Workshop "2030 Agenda: Partnering with Philanthropy for Impact" in Paris

25 September 2015: Roundtable on "Optimising Philanthropy's Potential to Fast-Track the SDGs", hosted by the Ford Foundation in New York

More events >>


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

More publications>>



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); Fundación Banorte (Mexico City, Mexico); Ford Foundation (New York City, USA); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, Portugal); Instituto Ayrton Senna (São Paulo, Brazil); Mo Ibrahim Foundation (London, UK); Novartis Foundation (Basel, Switzerland); Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (Cairo, Egypt); Shell Foundation (London, UK); Stars Foundation (London, UK); The Rockefeller Foundation (New York City, USA); Fondation Total (Paris, France); W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, USA).

Read more about netFWD Members & Associates