"I would like to live to see a time when female leaders don't need to explain their presence anymore as an indicator of change, that it is just a natural thing,” says Kirsten Hommelhoff, the Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations.
This year philanthropic giving in Europe has been largely defined by the community’s unprecedented response to the pandemic and its wider implications.
Klaus Milke, Chairman of the Steering Group of the international platform ‘Foundations20’, reflects on the ‘F20 Climate Solutions Week’
We spoke with Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic, Director of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development in Croatia, about her roots in the local community, her time in the Government, and the establishment of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development, as well as its response to the double crisis.
Christian Edlvold Berg, Senior Analyst at the Knowledge Center for Danish Foundations, introduces their recently published report, surveying the public perception of foundations during the corona crisis, and the Danish foundations about their expectations for providing grants in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
We have launched a campaign celebrating the shortlisted photo-stories from FOCUS Philanthropy. Over the next month we will be spotlighting one inspiring story of European philanthropy per day leading up to 1 October when we will announce the three winners. We invite you to actively engage in this campaign and we hope you will join us in celebrating the 2020 European Day of Foundations and Donors.
CAF’s Giving Thought podcast, which explores trends in global philanthropy and civil society, has dedicated a mini-series of four episodes to discussing European philanthropy, featuring Max von Abendroth, Rosa Gallego, James Magowan, Julie Broome and Carola Carazzone.
James Magowan, Co-Director at ECFI, and Boris Strecanský, Senior Expert and Board Member of the Centre for Philanthropy in Slovakia and consultant for ECFI, reflect on the PEX community scenario thinking sessions that worked through uncertainties facing the philanthropy field post-Covid, and resulted in the PEX Philanthropy Resilience Storybook.
On 1 July, the European Policy Centre (EPC), together with DAFNE and EFC organised an online policy debate on how European policymakers and philanthropy can strengthen collaboration to support this transition. Topics ranged from philanthropy’s responses during the emergency phase to how to overcome the challenges philanthropy is facing and a call for the recognition of philanthropy.
With Europe slowly opening again, our attention turns to how philanthropy can build a resilient civil society, more equitable and better equipped for future points of crisis. As we transition to this revival phase, DAFNE is collecting resources relevant to philanthropy infrastructure organisations in the European Resource Hub 2.0 “COVID-19 Revival & Philanthropy”.
Carola Carazzone, DAFNE’s Board Member and Assifero’s Secretary General, writes for WINGS’ #LiftUpPhilanthropy Series on how the European philanthropic sector can build itself for the future and cultivate the special role of philanthropy support organisations as enablers, accelerators, and multipliers of social change.