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Updated European Philanthropy Calendar

Posted on 15 March 2018  
Have a look at our updated European Philanthropy Calendar. It includes third sector and foundation related events and conferences in Europe and major ones around the world. Please add your national events to this calendar by sending an email to ( ). Get to the calendar right here.

DAFNE Winter Meeting Report 2018 is out

Posted on 6 February 2018  
DAFNE members from 19 countries gathered in Sofia for a summit in January.  Discussions focussed on how national associations can become more effective individually – building capacity, capability, connections, and credibility among their foundation and donor members, but also collectively – in their effort to improve the operating environment for philanthropy across Europe. A report […]

Press release: Growing Network of European Donors and Foundations calls for Action

Posted on 29 January 2018  
The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) met from 18. – 19th of January 2018 for its annual Winter Meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Hosted by the Bulgarian Donors’ Forum participants from 23 European countries came together to exchange knowledge, strengthen the pan-European network, and demand a level playing field for philanthropy in […]

New Study: Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy

Posted on 16 January 2018  
The operating environment for institutional philanthropy in parts of Europe is under threat. Therefore DAFNE and EFC are launching today  the commissioned study “Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy”, by Oonagh Breen, Professor of Law at UCD Sutherland School of Law. This study analysis the regulatory and political challenges philanthropy is facing and elaborates ways […]

GCSP, Foundation Center and DAFNE to delve more into the role of philanthropy in conflict prevention and resolution.

Posted on 6 January 2018  
Not philanthropy as usual - GCSP, Foundation Center and DAFNE to continue to delve more into the role of philanthropy in conflict prevention and resolution and in particular to bring different people and sectors together that would usually not interact.

Top 15 takeaways from Peace and Security Funders event

Posted on 20 December 2017  
The role of philanthropy in conflict prevention and resolution - conference conclusions

Report on Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange

Posted on 4 December 2017  
National associations from 10 countries brought corporate foundation members to participate in a highly engaging and memorable event, hosted by the Swiss Re Foundation in Zurich 

The Good the Bad and the Unspeakable

Posted on 1 December 2017  
'The bar was set high by last year’s exchange –were the expectations for a “significant second” met? Yes, indeed!' Theresa Gehringer (Centre for Philanthropy Sudies) reflects on the 2nd European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange

European Corporate Foundations Knowledge Exchange

Posted on 22 November 2017  
Corporate Foundations from across Europe meet in Rüschlikon

How are development funders and INGOs dealing with ‘closing space’ (restrictions on the civil society’s ability to operate)

Posted on 17 November 2017  
Without an intensive effort to push back against closing space, development interventions will become progressively less effective at assisting those living in poverty. This is one of the conclusions of a recently published EFC / FICS report.