About us

DAFNE is a network gathering donors and foundations associations in Europe with the aim of providing a platform to share knowledge and learn from best practices. With 30 member associations with a collective membership of more than 10,000 foundations and grant-makers, DAFNE underpins individual activities of its members by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between the national associations. Each DAFNE member individually serves public benefit foundations and other donors at national level: their roles and services vary from country to country.

The diversity among the various DAFNE members brings the opportunity to gain different perspectives, enrich each association by learning from peers’ experiences and get to know the wider European context. DAFNE creates an effective mechanism for Europe-wide collaboration; exchange of know how; and the creation of a pool of knowledge at the level of the DAFNE network among philanthropy support organisations. 

DAFNE provides a collective voice for foundations thus supporting the representative role that associations play at national level. DAFNE works with two main strategic partners EFC and WINGS to strengthen the voice and representation of the philanthropic sector at European and global levels.

DAFNE provides for:

  • exchanging national experience
  • networking opportunities and encouraging joint projects and initiatives
  • promoting donors best practices at EU level
  • supporting advocacy effort at national, EU and global levels
  • defining common positions on legal and fiscal issues
  • data collection, consolidation and analysis