European philanthropic networks join forces for ‘spring of philanthropy’ gathering


Alliance magazine


The Belgian public benefit foundation, King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), is bringing together major European philanthropic networks at an event titled ‘Boost philanthropy in Europe’. The event, to be held on 12 May in Brussels, is expected to attract over 500 participants from across the philanthropic sector and European institutions.

The Spring of Philanthropy series is a KBF led-initiative organized jointly with a host of European philanthropic networks including the European Foundation Centre, the European Venture Philanthropy Association, the Network of European Foundations, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe and the European Research Network on Philanthropy.

The initiative aims to promote philanthropy in Europe and highlight the complementary role of philanthropy in the public and private sectors. Participants will discuss new ideas, tools and methods to inspire the increase and improvement of philanthropy throughout Europe at local and national levels. Discussion topics include the outlook of philanthropy in Europe and the possibilities and responsibilities of digital civil society.

The Queen of the Belgians will deliver the opening speech while former President of the European Council and President of the European Policy Centre Herman Van Rompuy will make the closing address. Other speakers include Stanford University’s Lucy Bernholz, King Baudouin Foundation’s managing director, Luc Tayart de Borms and Gerry Salole, CEO of the European Foundation Centre.

King Baudouin Foundation is a general purpose foundation aiming to increase social cohesion and well-being.

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