1 October 2020

Single Market for Public Good – How can we unleash private resources for European solidarity?


On 1 October, Philanthropy Advocacy, the joint DAFNE and EFC initiative, is staging a debate to explore with key European policymakers as well as representatives from the foundation sector, how the EU Institutions and Member States can unlock the potential of philanthropy to contribute as a partner to a socially, environmentally and economically resilient Europe.  As past, current and new barriers limit the full potential of private resources for the public good, we will look at new ways to collaborate for stronger and transnational European solidarity.

With the participation of Belinda Goldsmith, editor in chief of Thomson Reuters Foundation, announcing the winners of the European photo story contest “Focus: Philanthropy”, we will celebrate the human face of philanthropy through unique stories of solidarity connected to key European policy areas such as climate, social Europe, research, and international cooperation.

As the objective of this online debate is to strengthen synergies among public and private actors, we are delighted to announce the participation of high-profile commenters and moderators from both fields, united in their commitment to European public good.

Leaders and experts from the philanthropic sectors, such as Joachim Rogall, President & CEO of Robert Bosch Stiftung and Ludwig Forrest from King Baudouin Foundation, as well as high-level representatives from the EU institutions, will share their unique perspectives and insights on the single market for public good.

While last year, we co-hosted a policy event at the European Parliament, this year the policy dialogue will be online due to the COVID-19 situation.

Join us for the first time from all over Europe and beyond and share your thoughts on the debate with the hashtags #EuropeTogether, highlighting cross-border solidarity and inspiring partnerships during the European Day of Foundations and Donors and #philanthropy4good, highlighting stories and comments around the role of philanthropy for a resilient Europe.


Philanthropy Keynote – Prof. Joachim Rogall, CEO and President, Robert Bosch Foundation,

Policy Keynote – Director General Kerstin Jorna, DG GROW, European Commission

Announcement of Focus: Philanthopy 2020 winners. Heba Aly, Director of The New Humanitarian and jury member of Focus: Philanthropy.

Philanthropy Debate – panel: Vice-President Nicola Beer, MEP (Renew / Germany), Paul Nemitz, DG Justice, European Commission and Ludwig Forrest, King Baudouin Foundation

Philanthropy Debate – commentators: Anna Donath, MEP (Renew / Hungary), Georgia Efremova, DG ECFIN, European Commission, Felix Oldenburg, DAFNE Chair and Angel Font, EFC Chair.

Register for the event.