“Philanthropy Back to the Drawing Board: Shaping a Future Agenda”
In the context of the European Day of Foundations and Donors, Philea will organise the launch of Rien van Gendt’s latest book “Philanthropy Back to the Drawing Board: Shaping a Future Agenda” on 9 October, in Philanthropy House, Brussels.
The book, which will be available online, offers a fresh look at the way foundations function and position themselves. Van Gendt will open the launch event by highlighting how philanthropy has developed from projects to convening, advocacy and systemic change, and the resulting need to take a fresh look at the way foundations function and position themselves. He will also touch on the importance of European philanthropy in terms of a legal status, sources of funding and Europe as a spending purpose.
A panel consisting of the author, Rien van Gendt, MEP Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, Andre Wilkens, European Cultural Foundation, and Alberto Anfossi, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, will discuss what is needed to unleash the full potential of philanthropy and enable partnerships across the public and philanthropic sectors.
Philanthropy and foundations – small or big, local or global – have a key role to play in supporting the green and digital transitions as well as addressing other societal challenges and strengthening the European idea. The sector is constantly evolving and rethinking its approaches, and the EU institutions have taken more and more notice of philanthropy and its potential also as a true partner in achieving common goals, as well as of the sector’s need for an enabling operating space.