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Contribution of philanthropy to public good

There are over 147,000 public benefit foundations in Europe with an accumulated annual expenditure of approx. € 60 million that contribute to the public good. In order to promote the public value of philanthropy, DAFNE provides access to news, facts and figures on the vast field of European philanthropy to its members and the broader public.

Millions of lives have been improved across Europe, chances to get education and health treatment provided, research findings informed policy decisions and shared with the wider public.

However, 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 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.

What we do?

We inform our members and the wider public by providing access to news, opinions, conference reports and press releases on our website and a wide range of social media platforms. Philanthropy Europe Newsletter keeps donors, foundations, national associations and philanthropy support organisations updated about relevant news, events and opportunities.

We inspire and raise public awareness about European philanthropy and its contribution to the social good. European Day of Foundations and Donors #1OctoberEurope, established by DAFNE in 2013 is a media campaign and an event celebrated across Europe.

We connect donors and national associations and provide access to the network of key stakeholders across Europe and beyond in the field of research, legal advice, venture philanthropy and public funding opportunities as well as building the community in Europe.

Celebrate with us!

In order to raise awareness and celebrate the work of public benefit foundations, DAFNE established the European Day of Foundations and Donors in 2013 that is celebrated across Europe on 1st October.