• Launch of Philea

    Two major European philanthropy associations to converge into one united voice for the sector
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  • Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws

    The 2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” provides a broad, comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments of foundations – across 40 countries – as well as identifies relevant trends and developments.
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  • Virtual Library

    Philea curates this publicly-available, fully-searchable collection of more than 1,000 free-to-download publications on philanthropy and foundations.
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Philea nurtures a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of foundations, philanthropic organisations and networks working for the common good. We help our members to get inspired, act together and achieve greater impact by sharing data and knowledge, exchanging best practices, connecting around common themes, engaging in policy work, and more.

Cross-cutting Themes


We are now well into the 10-year countdown to slow the warming of our planet. In this decisive decade, actions taken by markets, governments and citizens will determine liveability on our planet for the next century.


Democracies across the world have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years ‒ from narrowing civic space, to curtailment of freedom and equality, to the spread of misinformation.


Philea members have pointed to striving for equality as an urgent issue that must be addressed by philanthropy now and in the coming years. Rising economic inequality has exacerbated virtually all of the problems philanthropy works on.
Latest News & Opinions
News21 January 2022

Discovering Data Trusts with the Data Science Group

The first Data Science Talk of 2022 took place on the 14 January and zoomed in on the topic of Data Trusts. The data environment has power imbalances and this…
Javier Nadal
President, AEF
Opinions20 January 2022

Time for Philanthropy

The president of the AEF, Javier Nadal, writes about the 5th edition of “Demos, Forum of Foundations and Civil Society”, the reference event in Spain for the foundation sector that this year brought together professionals from all spheres to promote new approaches to respond to the most urgent needs of today’s society.
News19 January 2022

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grants €1.1 million to social organisations affected by Covid-19 pandemic

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has approved €1.1 million worth of grants to support social organisations affected by the pandemic in order to support their resilience and…
News6 January 2022

Gerry Salole appointed as Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Cultural Foundation

Gerry Salole, former Chief Executive of the EFC, has been appointed as Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Cultural Foundation.
News17 December 2021

The enabling environment for philanthropy at ERNOP Conference 2021

Under the title “Barriers to cross-border philanthropy and how to overcome them”, the academic community researching philanthropy discussed the enabling environment for philanthropy on 3 December 2021. The annual ERNOP Conference was planned to take place in Dublin from 2 to 3 December 2021 but had to move to a virtual format. This was a great opportunity for academic researchers to connect and discuss with practitioners the EU policy agenda for the public good.
News16 December 2021

Mozaik Foundation to speak at EC Social Economy launch event

To mark the launch of the Social Economy Action Plan earlier this month, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit is organising a hybrid gathering on 16 December…