European Foundation Centre: A new framework for the EFC

The EFC’s 2016-2022 Strategic Framework, unveiled at its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in May, is set against the backdrop of a Europe where civil society urgently needs to demonstrate its crucial role in responding to global challenges. It is deliberately a framework rather than a plan to allow greater flexibility towards the rapidly changing context of institutional philanthropy.

The Framework consists of seven priorities – Nurture philanthropy; Advance the sector; Foster peer learning; Enhance collaboration; Champion philanthropy; Be glocal, and Build as one – beneath the EFC’s aim of being the platform for and champion of European institutional philanthropy. It is the fruit of the time, effort and creativity of the EFC Management Committee and three Governing Council volunteers, the Interaction Institute for Social Change and 12 months of consultation with the EFC membership and a wide variety of other stakeholders.

‘Different voices shared a common view: that we should strengthen our role as a thought-leader and spokesperson for the philanthropic sector, pay more attention to global issues, and develop a strong analysis, insight and forecasting capability,’ says EFC chief executive Gerry Salole.

The Framework will be supported by an annual operating plan and the EFC Management Committee will monitor its implementation with a yearly report  to members at the AGA.

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