Operations Professionals Network

This European-level peer-learning and support network of operations managers of international philanthropy organisations provides a safe space for learning, exchange and discussion on key finance, IT, administration, operational, HR, legal and capacity development issues.

Focus areas

  • Dynamics between organisational culture, strategy and operations
  • Finance, human resources, IT and legal issues
  • Grants administration

 

Activities

  • OPN working groups: COOs, Finance, HR, IT and Legal
  • Webinars, tele-briefings and workshops on specific topics or tools
  • Benchmarking
  • OPN online community – A platform for networking and information sharing

Steering Committee (Chair – Jon Watts, CIFF & Vice Chair – Stelios Kyriakakis, IKEA Foundation)

GBR
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
NLD
European Climate Foundation
NLD
IKEA Foundation
CHE
Jacobs Foundation
NLD
Porticus
DEU
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH

Network background

OPN was created at the initiative a small group of Philea Members in 2015. It has 15 members from 10 countries and connects over 80 operations professionals across these organisations.

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Strategic priorities for operations in grantmaking philanthropy

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Key insights from the 2021 benchmarking of Operations Professionals Network (OPN)

The Operations Professionals Network (OPN) brings together the operational leaders of Philea members to work on common issues, and in 2021 conducted a benchmarking exercise to establish a range of comparable indicators.

Contacts

Stefanos Oikonomou
Head of Programmes, Peer-Exchanges
stefanos.oikonomou@philea.eu
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