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Posted on 23 August 2018  
by Stefan Einarsson Board Member of the Swedish DAFNE Member Föreningen Stiftelser i Samverkan & Member of the European Commission’s Expert Group “Foundations, Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments” The Expert Group report on “Foundations, Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments” is focusing on how to better enable philanthropic foundations and philanthropists to take part in promoting […]

Alarming situation in Hungary

Posted on 10 July 2018  
On the 25th of June 2018 the Civil Liberties Committee said that Hungary is at clear risk of a serious breach of EU values and the Council should intervene to prevent it. Key concerns are judicial independence, freedom of expression, freedom of association, rights of minorities, situation of migrants and refugees. MEPs noted that the […]

EU action to defend the Rule of Law in Poland welcomed by European Philanthropy

Posted on 5 July 2018   Advocacy
The recent launch of the European Commission’s infringement procedure against Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court is strongly supported by the EFC and DAFNE. This is an important step to ensure the independence of courts and to defend the rule of law, not just in Poland but also the rest of the […]

Op-Ed: Contrasts and Speed – Philanthropy in Asia  

Posted on 2 July 2018  
Contrasts and Speed – Philanthropy in Asia   By Felix Oldenburg Over a thousand delegates flee from the sultry heat of Singapore’s famous Marina Bay to the Asian Venture Philanthropy Association’s (AVPA) annual conference. The venue is located above one of the country’s typical shopping malls with the usual global brands and refrigerator temperature inside. Two […]

A single voice for a single market for philanthropy

Posted on 5 June 2018  
A single voice for a single market for philanthropy On Monday, 28th May over 150 key representatives from politics, philanthropy and civil society came together in Brussels to discuss ways to increase cooperation in the sector and to strengthen European civil society. Co-organised by leading European philanthropy organisations (DAFNE, EFC, EVPA), participants at the “Co-creating a […]

4 key-asks for a Single Market for Philanthropy

Posted on 5 June 2018  
Foundations and donors make a substantial € 60 billion contribution to social cohesion, innovation and freedom in Europe. They operate in every sphere of European life – from health to education, from research to the environment, from integration to culture. However, foundations still face barriers to cross-border giving and foundation activity within Europe. DAFNE, EFC […]

Philanthropy Scrum – DAFNE, EFC and EVPA to explore solutions with policymakers to grow the space for philanthropy across Europe

Posted on 24 May 2018  
Brussels, 24 May 2018 The European philanthropy sector contributes €60 billion annually within civil society. While commercial entities can operate across all EU Member States in a single market, philanthropy organisations face significant barriers if they go beyond their state’s borders (DAFNE Survey 2016). The lack of cohesion resulting from the fact that there is […]

Event: Philanthropy Scrum, Brussels

Posted on 15 May 2018  
Co-Creating a Single Market for Philanthropy Join Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE), European Foundation Centre (EFC), European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) for the first Philanthropy Scrum – the high-level exchange between philanthropists, politicians and non-profit representatives. 28.May 2018 10:30 – 17:15, Brussels (The Square) Learn more about the program, speakers and format at

Call for a paradigm shift in Italian philanthropy

Posted on 2 May 2018  
Why should Italian philanthropic foundations take the lead and start financing strategic goals and organizations rather than just projects? Carola Carazzone of Assifero calls for new approach. Read the full article here.

DAFNE & EFC welcome approval of a European Values Instrument

Posted on 19 April 2018  
PRESS RELEASE Today’s approval by the European Parliament of a European Values Instrument welcomed by European donors and foundations Brussels, 19 April 2018 – The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) welcome today’s approval of a European Values Instrument by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The two organisations […]