March 13, 2017 Philanthropy

Douglas Rutzen wins WINGS Philanthropy prize: Sounds the Alarm for Civil Society

In February 2017, Douglas Rutzen, President of the International Center for Non-profit law (ICNL) was awarded the 2017 Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) prize given every three years to recognize an individual or organization that has provided exemplary service to the global philanthropy sector.

In his acceptance speech, Rutzen spoke of the dangers that resurging authoritarianism in over 100 countries poses to civil society.  Rutzen also warned of an impending ‘tragedy of the commons’ in which a seemingly rational embrace of self-interest could ‘destroy our common selves’. In response, he called for a movement to protect civic space and to urgently invest in individual country strategies to counter these trends.  For more on Rutzen’s speech, read coverage by Charles Keidan, editor of Alliance Magazine.

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