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Sevda Kilicalp
Opinions - 4 February 2022

Betwixt and between: Banking foundations bridging legacy and better futures, societal and market forces

In 2021 the EFC co-organised a couple of peer exchanges together with Nordea-Fonden to create a space for foundations of banking origin to share experiences, challenges,…
Biray Bensu De Meulemeester
Opinions - 28 January 2022

280 – 217 – 01.07

The title of this article consists of numbers ‒ simple numbers, however, with deeper and sadder meanings. According to the annual report published by a women’s…
Annie Hillar
Co-Director, Gender Funders CoLab
Debora Guidetti
Senior European Programme Manager, Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights
Opinions - 28 January 2022

The Human Rights Grantmaking Principles: a tool to transform philanthropy

As a field, human rights funding aims to move money to those working to protect and advance human rights. Yet, among funders who share that value, funding practices do not…
Giedre Lideikyte-Huber
Senior Lecturer, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy
Opinions - 28 January 2022

Unexpected parallels between philanthropy and taxation

At first sight, taxation and philanthropy have little in common. Whereas taxation is a coercive mechanism, through which states levy revenue and then reallocate it according their policy objectives, philanthropy…
André Wilkens
Director, European Cultural Foundation
Opinions - 28 January 2022

The Future Is Now

Crises times are also times of possibilities, invention and opportunities. Solutions to problems which would often take years can now be taken in days. Such as the Eurobond funded EU Recovery plan. How will European philanthropy use the opportunities of our times to contribute to a better Europe?
Javier Nadal
President, AEF
Opinions - 20 January 2022

Time for Philanthropy

The president of the AEF, Javier Nadal, writes about the 5th edition of "Demos, Forum of Foundations and Civil Society", the reference event in Spain for the foundation sector that this year brought together professionals from all spheres to promote new approaches to respond to the most urgent needs of today's society.
Rana Kotan
Suzana Djordjevic
Hemofarm Foundation I Serbian Philanthropy Forum
Opinions - 15 December 2021

Reflections of 2021 and Hopes for 2022

2021 was quite an unusual year. The remarkable speed of COVID-19 vaccine development was not followed by the same speed of healing. In fact, more people died from the coronavirus…
Jim Cooke
Head of the Funders Collaborative Hub, Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)
Opinions - 14 December 2021

The pandemic showed what foundations can achieve by working together. Now let’s think collaboratively about the future.

The pandemic showed what foundations can achieve by working together. Three key ingredients made this possible: relationships, tools and collaborative mindsets. Now it’s time for funders to think collaboratively about the future. The Funders Collaborative Hub has been developed to provide information and inspiration, helping funders achieve more together.
Derya Tombuloğlu
Founder & Head of Strategy, Heart Mind Design
Opinions - 14 December 2021

Birth of a new era: Corporations search for purpose

We are living through a major historical event. No, I am not talking about the pandemic. For the first time in modern (capitalist) history, people question why corporations exist and…
Rosalind McKenna
Acting Special Advisor, Open Society Foundations (OSF)
Opinions - 14 December 2021

Solidarity must catch up with science: The year ahead for Covid-19

With many countries on track to miss the World Health Organization’s target of 40% vaccination coverage by the end of 2021, philanthropy must play its part to drive global vaccine access in 2022. We need to see more effective, solidarity-based responses if the world is to meet vaccination targets in 2022 and end the pandemic.
Anne Monier
Research Fellow at the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair
Opinions - 14 December 2021

Being bold: What can philanthropy do differently to tackle climate change? And how can research help?

Anne Monier (ESSEC Philanthropy Chair) share her reflection on a climate philanthropy at the ERNOP conference 2021.
Patrice Schneider
Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund
Opinions - 13 December 2021

Blended capital funding for independent media: An innovation by European philanthropy

Media plurality gives a voice to minorities, free-thinkers and marginalised groups, but the time has come to explore the need for a plurality of capital that invests in this key democratic infrastructure. Patrice Schneider shares the story of Plūrālis, a Media Development Investment Fund that has partnered with a number of European foundations, news media companies and impact investors to provide independent media companies access to the right capital.
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