Future is happening now: digital transformation and its impact on giving

300 representatives of philanthropy, IT, business, research, civil society, politics and media from across Russia as well as international delegates from the UK, Germany and Belgium came to Moscow to discuss how digital transformation is changing the social sector and what risks and opportunities it bears.

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‘How on earth can I get out of here?!’

German actress and philanthropist Maria Furtwängler on how she wanted to get out of a plane on her way to Munich after hearing the welcome announcement by a female pilot, and what this experience has to do with her foundation MaLisa. An interview with Maria Furtwängler and her daughter Elisabeth.

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Foundation Giving Trends 2019

Foundation Giving Trends 2019

by Emma Hutchins, ACF How do you measure a sector that isn’t defined? This is the challenge we meet each year when we produce Foundation Giving Trends, studying the foundation landscape in the UK. With an estimated 12,000 registered grant-making charities, focusing on the top 300 may seem like the tip of the iceberg. In…

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Strong cross-party alliance in European Parliament for easing philanthropy’s work for public good across Europe

Brussels, 7 October 2019 – MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee and relevant stakeholders from philanthropy, civil society and social economy discussed ways to create a truly European space for donors and encourage cross-border generosity, solidarity and civil actions. “There is so much untapped potential when it comes to…

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FOCUS: Philanthropy

FOCUS: Philanthropy

A snap shot of how foundations across Europe create positive stories in people’s lives

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Philanthropy advocacy

While it is easy for goods and services to move freely around Europe, it is still difficult for donors, foundations and committed citizens to act philanthropically across borders. The time is ripe for a European Single Market for Philanthropy.

The DAFNE and EFC joint advocacy project ‘Philanthropy Advocacy’ acts as a monitoring, legal analysis and advocacy hub for European philanthropy. Our objective is to implement the advocacy roadmap for a Single Market for Philanthropy by shaping the national, European and international legislative environment.

Capability building

National associations and donors forums are critical components in the support infrastructure for philanthropy. The development of their individual and collective effectiveness can be enhanced through their membership and participation in our activities. We seek to lever synergy in respect of the knowledge, expertise and experience that lies within the network. We encourage deep and focused knowledge exchange on issues relevant to national associations and their members through bi- and multi-lateral exchange and benchmarking, peer-learning and knowledge transfer.

Connect & communicate

Foundations and donors operate in a dynamic and challenging environment with increasing public and political scrutiny, reducing public expenditure and the closing space for civil society. We inspire and raise public awareness about European philanthropy and its contribution to the social good by publishing news, opinions, conference reports and studies. We connect our members and provide access to the network of key stakeholders across Europe and beyond in the field of research, legal advice and public funding opportunities. We are committed to enhancing the level of knowledge and understanding of European philanthropy.

Data & research

Philanthropy is on the rise across Europe. Independent from the state and free from the constraints of capital markets, philanthropic foundations address most pressing social issues and play an important role as drivers of innovation and change. However, little is known about the real volume of philanthropy and its societal impact in Europe. We seek to facilitate cross-border cooperation and to present data as credible intelligence and a robust evidence base for stakeholders and the wider public.