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Youth movements and funders need to learn to understand each other better

Gioel Gioacchino 1 July 2019

Like with dating, clearer communication and mutual understanding can improve relationships between youth movements and funders At a recent global gathering of activists in Belgrade, the host of a popular Serbian spoof news television show …


Berlin: the beating heart of European civil society

Kimberly Marteau Emerson and Dr Nina Smidt 24 June 2019

When the Open Society Foundations (OSF) closed their offices and Central European University (CEU) closed their campus in Budapest last year, a collective shudder rippled through all those who seek to advance civil society and …


Philanthropy and challenges of today’s democracies – thoughts and questions

Inga Wachsmann 28 May 2019

We all sense that democracy is challenged. For a while already and also in Europe. It seems we lack three things for our philanthropic work in Europe: first of all awareness, second better understanding and …

Protecting the voice of advocacy: Global Philanthropy Forum 2019

Peter Eigen 16 April 2019

As this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), I expressed my thanks and admiration to the assembled philanthropy leaders for their great support to advocacy civil society organizations. I emphasized that in the face of failing …

Making the case for community organising in Europe

Deborah Doane 14 April 2019

I was quite surprised that when I approached funders to talk about their work on community organising in Europe, many simply said, ‘we don’t fund community organising.’ ‘But you fund community philanthropy,’ I said. ‘Oh …

The European Philanthropy Manifesto: some critical comments

Tobias Jung 26 March 2019

Last week saw the publication of the European Philanthropy Manifesto. Put forward by two foundation umbrella bodies, the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the Manifesto advocates a single …

Philanthropy and civil society sectors say building social capital is an essential ‘glue’ in fragmented Europe

Alliance magazine 25 March 2019

On Wednesday 21 March the European Philanthropy Manifesto, including four key recommendations to introduce a Single Market for Philanthropy, was launched at Philanthropy House in Brussels in the presence of over 60 policymakers and representatives …

Migration in Europe: civil society is shifting the debate

Steven McCaffery 7 March 2019

In 2015 when the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq contributed to more than one million men, women and children seeking sanctuary on the south eastern shores of the European Union, their arrival overlapped with …

Putting a foot in Europe’s closing doors

Massimo Lapucci 5 March 2019

Recent political developments are threatening civic space in Europe. Foundations are stepping forward to defend it This year marks three decades since the establishment of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), as well as the fall …

Philanthropy done well: the importance of compliance

Ted Hart 25 February 2019

NGOs and civil society organizations around the world serve many different roles. In some countries organizations seek to augment the public services provided by governments. Still others may be called upon to step in to …