European Day of Foundations and Donors

On 1. October 2020, we are celebrating the European Day of Foundations and Donors to showcase the role foundations play in European societies for the benefit of all of us.

European philanthropy is as diverse as European society. There are over 147,000 foundations in Europe today that provide annually € 60 bn to organisations and projects. Foundations and donors work with local communities to rebuild trust, provide access to art by maintaining museums and exhibitions, support homeless people and help them find their own voice and their place in society, provide scholarships to young people, engage in challenges that are neither trendy nor popular.

Foundations complement the work done by the welfare state. This is the reason why, in many European countries, foundations and charitable organisations enjoy tax benefits. Philanthropy as we see it is about empowerment. Empowerment of those who are in need. Empowerment of people whose voices are unheard or marginalised. Empowerment of vulnerable communities.

On 1. October 2019, Foundations and national associations across Europe raise public awareness about philanthropy by organising conferences, barcamps, happenings, debates and media campaigns at local, national and international levels.

Join the online conversation on social media using the hashtag #October1Europe and following @DafneHQ.