Supporting European community foundations

Burkhard Küstermann

The number of community foundations in Europe has increased considerably over the past 20 years, so has the number of organizations that provide them with support. What support do they offer? What kinds of organization are they? Where do their resources come from and what lessons can they teach about the future development of the community foundation sector? In the run to a major gathering of community foundations, I present insights from a survey conducted by the European Community Foundations Initiative.

A diverse sector

Community foundation support organizations are very diverse. In only a few instances are there specialist community foundation associations, two examples being the Community Foundation Movement in Latvia and UK Community Foundations (UKCF), though there also organizations dedicated to the community foundation field like Lokale Fondsen in the Netherlands and the Roots and Wings Foundation in Hungary (both set up 2013).

More typically, community foundations receive advice from organizations committed to supporting the community philanthropy movement more generally, or to supporting civic engagement.

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