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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







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

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

Latest netFWD news in the April 2016 newsletter



September 2017 (date tbc) : New York, United States | netFWD side event to the 72nd UN General Assembly

6 October 2017 :  Paris, France | Global Private Philanthropy for Development – Experts meeting

More events >>


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.

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

More publications>>



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); Emirates Foundation for Youth Development (Abu Dhabi, UAE); Family Health International Foundation (Durham, USA) 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); Fondation Total (Paris, France); W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, USA).

Read more about netFWD Members & Associates