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.

Philanthropy has a key role to play in addressing these threats through working to widen and deepen civic participation, and joining forces with partners to build trust and legitimacy. With its convening power, ability to take risks and roots at the local level, philanthropy is well placed to make a difference. To support our members in this, Philea aims to highlight the theme of democracy across all of its areas of work by making connections and identifying synergies in this area.

We also pay attention to how democracy interacts with Philea’s other 2 cross-cutting focus areas: climate and equality.


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Blended capital funding for independent media: An innovation by European philanthropy

Media plurality gives a voice to minorities, free-thinkers and marginalised groups, but the time has come to explore the need for a plurality of capital that invests in this key democratic infrastructure. Patrice Schneider shares the story of Plūrālis, a Media Development Investment Fund that has partnered with a number of European foundations, news media companies and impact investors to provide independent media companies access to the right capital.
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