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. Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2020 (12 a.m. CET).

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.

Help us show to show the human face of philanthropy and demonstrate how across Europe – from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Turkey – we are #HoldingTogether.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2020 (12 a.m. CET).

21 countries in Europe are already participating in this project, share YOUR story of European solidarity. Our stories are more powerful together! You can submit your photo story either to the national association in your country listed here or (if your country is not represented) by using this form.

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

Spread the word and get inspired – download our #HoldingTogether social media toolkit


Want to get more information about the contest? Read our call for applications and FAQ below or get in touch with us!

Contact: Hanna Stähle |

2020 Call for Applications

We are pleased to announce our annual call for photo stories for the Europe-wide project FOCUS: Philanthropy We invite European foundations, national associations as well as NGOs and people who have been supported by a foundation to submit a photo story and to showcase the diversity of European philanthropy and the everyday work of foundations.…

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