Quo vadis, Europe?

Quo vadis, Europe?

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.

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From generosity to justice?

From generosity to justice?

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?

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Community foundations – Opening space for civil society in Hungary

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.

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Time to demystify, democratise and embrace advocacy

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.

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Call to take action on the climate crisis

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.

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Philanthropy’s Social Compact in a Changing World

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.

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Future is happening now: digital transformation and its impact on giving

300 representatives of philanthropy, IT, business, research, civil society, politics and media from across Russia as well as international delegates from the UK, Germany and Belgium came to Moscow to discuss how digital transformation is changing the social sector and what risks and opportunities it bears.

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‘How on earth can I get out of here?!’

German actress and philanthropist Maria Furtwängler on how she wanted to get out of a plane on her way to Munich after hearing the welcome announcement by a female pilot, and what this experience has to do with her foundation MaLisa. An interview with Maria Furtwängler and her daughter Elisabeth.

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Foundation Giving Trends 2019

Foundation Giving Trends 2019

by Emma Hutchins, ACF How do you measure a sector that isn’t defined? This is the challenge we meet each year when we produce Foundation Giving Trends, studying the foundation landscape in the UK. With an estimated 12,000 registered grant-making charities, focusing on the top 300 may seem like the tip of the iceberg. In…

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