PEX Projects

This page showcases the projects co-created by the PEXcommunity.

The fruitful discussions at the PEXforum 2020 & the PEXforum 2021 resulted in the co-creation of 11 PEXprojects, addressing key challenges for European philanthropy. Colleagues from national, regional and thematic philanthropy support organisations meet regularly to work collectively towards each project’s objective.

Illustration by Marina Roa from SenseTribe

Catalyst Infrastructure

explores how philanthropy infrastructure organisations could be catalysts of change and generate collective impact both within their constituencies and by acting together.

Funding Practice

focuses on issues including how to evolve the current mainstream funding practice (mainly short-term and project-restricted); core-support, trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking and system change funding.

Innovation Sandboxes

aims to explore and then prototype new ideas that no single foundation or network would or could approach on its own.


provides a self-assessment framework for foundations around five criteria: commitment, public utility, relevance, performance and accountability. This forms a crucial element in addressing the legitimacy question philanthropy is exposed to regularly.

PEX space on collaboration

facilitates deep reflection, learning and exchange around how to install the collaborative DNA needed for creating transformational change. Searching for the X-factor within PEX and beyond.

Racial Equity

focuses on the roots of racial injustice in Europe, and considering both programmatic and internal implications for philanthropy.

As part of these projects, we have developed a series of knowledge hubs in order to gather information in an open source, living document relevant to philanthropy support organisations in Europe. Our aim is to facilitate communication, information-sharing and collective thought in order to maximise the impact we can have as a sector.

Click below on the various projects to discover our knowledge hubs.

Next Philanthropy

Racial Equity & Philanthropy

COVID-19 & Philanthropy

Gender Equity and Justice & Philanthropy

Data & Philanthropy

Funding Practices

Hanna Stähle
Head of Foresight and Innovation
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