European Day of Foundations and Donors

Established in 2013, the annual European Day of Foundations and Donors showcases the role of the European philanthropy sector, and aims to raise public awareness about the value of philanthropy and encourage more giving and civic action.

Held on 1 October, the annual European Day of Foundations and Donors showcases the role of the European philanthropy sector, and aims to raise public awareness about the value of philanthropy and encourage more giving and civic action.

Public-benefit foundations, charities, trusts, communities, infrastructure bodies, donors, philanthropists and volunteers – we are all working in our own ways to build a better, more sustainable and fairer world that everyone can thrive in.

European Day of Foundations and Donors 2022

The theme of 2022 – Solidarity, Unity, Impact – aims to shine a light on the power of solidarity and unity within our sector and its potential to tackle the many challenges facing Europe and the world.

European Day of Foundations and Donors 2021

Under the theme “Stepping into tomorrow” 2021 sought to raise awareness about philanthropy’s contribution to building a better future for the next generations – at the local, national, regional and global levels.

How to participate

There are many ways to engage around and celebrate the European Day of Foundations and Donors:

  1. By holding events: Philanthropic organisations across Europe hold events on or around 1 October. Philea maintains a running list of all these activities from across Europe and spreads the word online and on the dedicated hub on our website. Let us know if you are planning something!
  2. By engaging in social media activity: Organisations use social media to raise awareness about the day and, most importantly, highlight the incredible diversity and value of the work that our sector does. All you have to do is share your ideas, events, projects or thoughts on your work or the value of philanthropy using the #October1Europe.

Contact

Angela Pauly
Head of Communications
angela.pauly@philea.eu
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