Making infrastructure future-ready

Filiz Bikmen and Michael Alberg-Seberich

In order to meet the challenges philanthropy and social investment is contending against, its infrastructure needs to be rethought and retooled.

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Those of us who live in the developed world take many things for granted: streets, railway tracks, bridges, a grid system for electricity and drinking water supply - many of us would have difficulty living without this kind of hard infrastructure. Now imagine a Europe without organisations that convene funders and work to build an enabling environment for high-impact philanthropy and social investment. Many of us would miss opportunities to connect, learn, share and advocate in pursuit of initiatives that help improve lives and societies. This emerged clearly from the series of qualitative interviews that we conducted for the study More than the Sum of its Parts: Insights on the Future of Philanthropy and Social Investment infrastructure in Europe.

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