National associations and EFC to work together

Since 1997, the National Associations of Donors (NADs) have assembled twice a year to exchange good practice and to advocate common European causes in collaboration with the European Foundation Centre (EFC) – proving effective on both objectives. In May 2006, this informal network of national grantmaking associations, which includes both EU and non-EU countries, became DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe).

Today the trend towards more and stronger national membership associations is clear in Europe. European developments exercise a growing influence on foundations’ work at both country and continental level and have great potential for grantmaking organizations. DAFNE aims to leverage this potential.

DAFNE will support the individual activities of its members, strengthen their collaboration, and help build a fruitful environment for philanthropy in Europe. It will serve as an exchange for national experience and knowledge, offer networking opportunities, develop joint programmes or projects, and organize the support of European-level advocacy efforts in collaboration with the EFC. This collaboration has been formalized by an alliance between the two organizations.

The aim of the alliance is to strengthen the European foundation sector in the face of current challenges such as EU enlargement, national and European law revisions, and discussions about a European legal structure for foundations. DAFNE and the EFC’s approach will be pragmatic and will develop over time.

For more information
Contact Vera Billen, a member of the DAFNE steering committee, at

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