Collecting and analysing data from philanthropic organisations, the fifth volume of the mapping seeks to build upon and extend the breadth of the previous mapping of 2018 which covered over 4,000 grants worth €583 million.
The new European Social Catalyst Fund is designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges.
PEXforum2020, in Madrid, was a unique European gathering of 130 people from 41 philanthropy networks. To bring such a collection of knowledge and experience together, to put faces to names, to witness almost the entire support ecosystem in one space, and to learn more about our respective contributions to the philanthropy field would have been a successful outcome in itself. The impact, however, was much greater than the sum of the many and diverse individual parts.
There are vast amounts of data that, if aggregated and analysed well, could help us improve our work and the work of the entire ecosystem. Time has come for us to collectively forge a vision for using data more effectively and openly by flinging open the doors of understanding of what philanthropy is in the European context.
Looking at the priorities of the new European Commission, that took office on 1 December 2019, Max von Abendroth highlights the overlap with the work and ambitions of the philanthropy sector – identifying new opportunities and citing a note of caution.
The Ford Foundation recently published “From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth”. A direct reference to Andrew Carnegie’s eponymous essay, the book sits within a long tradition of grappling with what the role and purpose of philanthropy in our society should be. Is this conversation specific to the US context or does it reflect deeper, universal questions about philanthropy?
A new guide for community foundations in Hungary is out. It describes the systematic dismantling of the civil society sector over the last decade. Despite a challenging operating environment community foundations provide a space for civil society engagement, building trust and mobilising resources.
European foundations have a role to play in nurturing a thriving nonprofit advocacy ecosystem. Every day that passes without nonprofits advocating for the most vulnerable, underrepresented and minority interests, the more we lose as a society. Time has come to break the lobbying taboo.
Could foundations find themselves on the ‘wrong side of history’ by failing to act in the face of the climate crisis? Associations and networks have a critical role to play: to demonstrate leadership, mobilise their members, and facilitate collaborative action – now with some urgency.
Trust in philanthropy is eroding. This has led to heightened scrutiny and critique of the philanthropic sector by the public, politicians and commentators. The question for philanthropies now is how to react and remedy these perceptions.