PEX is where the European philanthropy infrastructure meets. PEXcommunity was jointly co-created at the PEXforum 2020 in Madrid, the first Europe-wide event bringing together leaders and experts from national, regional and European philanthropy support organisations.

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Challenges and opportunities for philanthropy in Europe are tremendous, with significant potential implications on the future of private funding for public good.

In Europe philanthropy is impactful, diverse, complementary, innovative, conditioned by differences in history and culture, and still full of untapped potential.

PEX provides a unique space to create a European philanthropy identity as a common ground to jointly advance the philanthropy ecosystem in a changing world.

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What do we want to achieve?

  • Identify ecosystem challenges and find ways how to overcome them
  • Strengthen the role of national, European and international philanthropy networks as enablers, incubators and developers of more informed, connected and effective individual foundations.
  • Encourage leadership and collaboration to leverage the potential of philanthropy across the continent.
  • Build the network of philanthropy networks across Europe.


Collaboration requires trusted relationships, and this is why these moments of togetherness are the fundamental basis for jointly moving the needle when it comes to activities supporting philanthropy across Europe. Consequently, the annual event “PEXforum” was born out of the need to bring leaders and experts from national, regional and thematic philanthropy support organisations together.

As the first Europe-wide event, the first PEXforumPEXforum 2020” was held on 23-24 January 2020 in Madrid, Spain. 124 people left Spain empowered by the experience of having been part of building a new peer community that has so much to offer for each and everyone involved in the European philanthropy infrastructure. They collectively identified challenges and opportunities for the sector, shared best practices and insights, explored concrete projects and invited others to collaborate.

This year, we are looking forward the PEXforum 2021 co-hosted by Dafne and Ariadne which will take place virtually on 27-28 January 2021. More information including on registration can be found here.


The fruitful discussions at the PEXforum 2020 resulted in the co-creation of 7 PEXprojects, addressing key challenges for European philanthropy. Colleagues from national, regional and thematic philanthropy support organisations meet regularly to work collectively towards each project’s objective.

Philanthropy Advocacy aims to maintain and develop the enabling environment for philanthropy across Europe. Find out more here.

The Philanthropy Coalition for Climate brings together national, European and thematic philanthropy networks committed to support their foundation members to live up to the climate challenge. Find out more here.

Next Philanthropy provides an inclusive space for a meaningful conversation on what’s next for philanthropy in Europe. Find out more here.

Philanthropy.Insight provides a self-assessment framework for foundations around five criteria: commitment, public utility, relevance, performance and accountability. This forms a crucial element in addressing the legitimacy question philanthropy is exposed to regulary.

Gender Equity and Justice aims to frame the debate on gender and diversity with the aim to contribute to a gender-balanced and more diverse sector in Europe. Find out more here.

Data Insight is about closing today’s gap of European philanthropy data and insights. The aim is to help better decision making and scenario planning for our sector, our partners as well as the regulator.

Racial Equity is focusing on the roots of racial injustice in Europe, and considering both programmatic and internal implications for philanthropy.

As part of these projects, we have developed a series of knowledge hubs in order to gather information in an open source, living document relevant to philanthropy support organisations in Europe.  Our aim is to facilitate communication, information-sharing and collective thought in order to maximise the impact we can have as a sector.

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COVID-19 Revival & Philanthropy
Gender Equity and Justice & Philanthropy
Data & Philanthropy
Climate & Philanthropy
Next Philanthropy
Funding practices

Racial Equity & Philanthropy

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In cooperation with Alliance, we publish a monthly newsletter – PEXnews. that reflects on trends and developments in the European philanthropy ecosystem and provides the latest news from the philanthropy field.

You can subscribe to PEXnews here.

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Previously, Dafne published Philanthropy Europe newsletter. Please find all the editions below:

Want to learn and network?

Find here all relevant philanthropy events in Europe: European Philanthropy Calendar, co-created by Ariadne, Civitates, Dafne, ECFI, EDGE Funders Alliance, EPIM and NEF.

Contact:   Max von Abendroth |