FOCUS: Philanthropy

There are many stories of how people and foundations across Europe come together to help and support each other but these are rarely the subject of mainstream reporting. FOCUS: Philanthropy is a Europe-wide photo contest that tells visual stories of the people behind philanthropy and how they work for a better Europe. Join us to showcase European solidarity and submit your story.

This year’s FOCUS: Philanthropy contest theme is #HoldingTogether. The deadline for submissions has already passed. We look forward to reviewing the submissions and sharing our winners with you.

The outbreak of coronavirus has required foundations across Europe to step beyond their comfort zones and rapidly respond to new and intensified challenges by showing solidarity and support. Today’s crisis has demonstrated how fragile our societies are and how much we are in need of solidarity, yet the many inspiring stories that demonstrate this solidarity rarely feature in mainstream reporting.

We want to capture these moments of support and solidarity by inviting European foundations and national associations – as well as NGOs and individuals supported by foundations – to submit inspiring photo stories of how they and their beneficiaries hold together and encourage collaboration in their everyday work through these difficult times.

Our stories are more powerful together! We can show the human face of philanthropy and demonstrate how across Europe – from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Turkey – we are #HoldingTogether.

Alliance Magazine is a partner of the FOCUS: Philanthropy project.

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