Year in Review 2022

Philea came into being in 2022, the result of a recipe containing many wonderful ingredients and sweetened by dashes of creativity, a pinch of patience, and ample amounts of humility and hard work.

Hence, 2022 was a transition year, reflecting a 12-month process of close consultation with our members, partners, staff and other stakeholders on not just what kind of organisation Philea could be, but what it should be.

Towards the end of the year, we worked with our governing bodies to further consolidate and channel our activities into a clear framework for the years ahead. It marked the beginning of a 10-year vision, setting forth our longterm ambitions for philanthropy and the part we have to play to support its contribution to a pluralistic, just and resilient society that centres people and planet.

From this vision, we designed a 5-year strategic framework to focus on the value and impact members want us to deliver. Download the 2022 Year in Review and learn more about this and why we consider it vital that Philea…

  • Collaborates – We connect our members to each other and to relevant actors in other sectors for inspiration and joint action. A key channel for this is our thematic collaborations, groups of Philea members that come together around a theme of common interest. 
  • Stimulates learning – We enhance the skills and knowledge within the sector in a range of critical areas by supporting philanthropy organisations in reflecting upon and taking up impactful practices; keeping them up to date on emerging issues; and connecting them with peers around shared learning. The aim is to make these organisations and the sector more effective, ambitious, accountable and inclusive.
  • Convenes – Climate, cost of living, Covid-19… with myriad challenges facing philanthropic organisations and resources for most being at a premium, it has never been more important to work together and learn from one another. Where are the gaps? Where are the opportunities? A problem shared is a problem halved, and today’s crises call for strong leadership that focuses on connections, on building bridges, and on purpose. That’s why we bring philanthropy professionals together through major conferences and targeted joint gatherings.
  • Monitors and advocates– We monitor, analyse and engage around the operating space for philanthropy and foundations, and we position philanthropy as a key actor on societal issues in order to allow philanthropy organisations to better carry out their missions.
  • Anticipates – We help philanthropy organisations and partners explore and anticipate key drivers of social change and emerging challenges by providing access to strategic foresight and imagination practices; building on collective intelligence; and offering space for testing ideas in collaborative ways.
  • Shares knowledge – We strive to help inform Philea members’ strategic decision-making and to connect them with peers and partners, while demonstrating to a range of stakeholders the impact, diversity and scale of the sector. Working in partnership with academics, researchers and experts, we build our knowledge base by surveying and documenting the work of philanthropy organisations and identifying trends and issues affecting them.
  • Tells the story – We promote better understanding and connection with the philanthropy sector, while supporting the diffusion of knowledge and opinions among the membership and beyond. We are firm believers in a hope-based strategy for this, showcasing how our members’ and the sector’s initiatives are helping move the dial – and narrative – from fear to hope, from problem to solution.

Core funders 2022

Philea is a membership organisation that responds to the needs of our members. Less than a third of our work is funded by membership fees, the rest is funded by generous grants from our members, which allows us to deliver our activities.

Our core donations allow us to plan longer term, think systematically, respond to emerging needs, innovate and think forward, ensuring that we continue to add value and remain relevant to the needs of our Members.

We would like to thank the following core donors from 2022 whose generous support allows us to be the strategic, resilient and agile organisation that we want to be in order to better play our role.

  • “la Caixa” Foundation
  • Adessium Foundation
  • Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • Fondazione Cariplo
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo
  • Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
  • Fondazione CRT
  • Fritt Ord Foundation
  • Fundación ONCE
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Jacobs Foundation
  • King Baudouin Foundation
  • Körber-Stiftung
  • Oak Foundation
  • Realdania
  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Stiftung Mercator GmbH
  • VolkswagenStiftung
  • ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius


Delphine Moralis
Chief Executive Officer
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