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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 …

New report highlights emerging trends in closing space grant-making

Alliance magazine 2 February 2019

The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) released a new report called ‘Go big or…? Trends in closing space grant-making’ that discusses relevant big pictures, changes, trends, and opportunities regarding the issue of closing space …

Reforming CAP: funders collaborating to change the future of food and agriculture in Europe

Inga Wachsmann 22 January 2019

For food and agricultural policies in the European Union to become sustainable, systemic reform of the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is needed. This is the basis for the EFC’s funder collaborative, the European Foundations …

Annual industry forecast on philanthropy and digital civil society

Alliance magazine 16 January 2019

Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) have released the 2019 annual industry forecast about the ways the sector uses private resources for public benefit in the digital age. ‘Philanthropy and Digital Civil …

New report reviews funding trends in India after clampdown on international donors

Alliance magazine 13 January 2019

A new report ‘Advocacy, Rights and Civil Society: The Opportunity for Indian Philanthropy’ published by Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy’ reviews the changing trends in the funding of the non-profit sector in India, particularly …

A new paradigm for capacity building

Connor Diemand-Yauman 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

Philanthropy University is pioneering new ways of using data to identify the capacity needs of valuable but neglected local CSOs As a global community, we often mobilise around visible crises: epidemics, child marriage and environmental …

New civil society: the start of something special or just a rebrand?

Liana Varon 19 October 2018

This week, more than 100 participants met for the EFC Grantmakers East Forum 2018 in Budapest. In the midst of discussions around shrinking civic space and failures of democracy, this year’s Forum focused on ‘Reframing …

A wild ride at Grantmakers East Forum 2018

Robin Gosejohann 19 October 2018

It is the right thing to hold the EFC Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) – an annual donor conference with a geographical focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe – in Budapest. Easily reached, an attractive destination, a …