New Brussels base for European foundations

foundation_houseSix European foundations have put up the money for a new centre for foundation activities in Brussels. As well as accommodating the European Foundation Centre and a number of other philanthropic organizations, Foundation House (pictured) will host conferences, debates, training and exhibitions to demonstrate the work foundations do in Europe and the ways in which they affect the lives of Europe’s citizens. Situated at 94 rue Royale, Foundation House is a joint project of the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), Körber-Stiftung (Germany), Institusjonen Fritt Ord (Norway), Realdania (Denmark), Stichting Fonds 1818 and the Van Leer Group Foundation, both from the Netherlands. Each has provided €1 million in mission-related funds to develop Foundation House as a green, accessible, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility. It will also provide a temporary base for foundations needing access to the EU institutions, international media or non-profit organizations.

‘Foundation House signals a coming of age for the European philanthropic community as for the first time we will have a common and open space to engage with the general public, as well as our strategic partners, and to illustrate the wealth of good work foundations are undertaking for citizens across Europe,’ says Gerry Salole, EFC Chief Executive.

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