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News - 6 October 2021

European Day of Foundations and Donors sees launch of ‘Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws’ amongst Europe-wide celebrations

On 1 October Philanthropy Advocacy published “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” a broad, comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments of foundations, across 40 countries,…
News - 6 October 2021

A warm EFC welcome to our newest members and affiliates

The EFC welcomes its latest members and affiliates to its worldwide network of philanthropic organisations! To find out more on EFC membership and what it can provide visit…
News - 5 October 2021

“Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” are launched – the most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulation of philanthropy in Europe

The launch event provided a unique space for a discussion over the key findings of the 2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws”, a comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments for foundations from across 40 countries. The event convened more than 100 participants from philanthropy, academia and the EU institutions. The recording of the event will be shortly available on the Philanthropy Advocacy website.
News - 4 October 2021

The International Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change: Mobilising foundations around climate

Isabelle Le Galo, Lars Grotewold and Max von Abendroth share insights into the International Commitment and what it means for the philanthropy sector.
News - 4 October 2021

Boris Marte appointed new CEO of ERSTE Stiftung

At its meeting on 27 September 2021, the Supervisory Board of ERSTE Stiftung appointed Boris Marte, a member of the foundation’s Managing Board since 2016, as CEO.
News - 1 October 2021

Press release: Most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulations of foundations in Europe

Download the report Brussels, 1 October, 2021 – Today, the Philanthropy Advocacy initiative – led by Dafne and EFC –launched the most comprehensive overview to date…
News - 1 October 2021

EFC and Dafne publish “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws”, a comprehensive overview of the legal and fiscal regulation of foundations in Europe

Download the report. The EFC and Dafne have published “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” a broad, comparative overview of the diverse…
Press Release - 1 October 2021

STUDY: Most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulations of foundations in Europe

Research commissioned by Dafne and EFC underscores need for a single market for philanthropy and the public good.
News - 29 September 2021

Why the beneficial owner concept does not really work for the non-profit sector: FATF white paper on beneficial ownership policy and sector input

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is considering amending Recommendation 24 (R.24) on the transparency and beneficial ownership of legal entities, and to that end put out a call for a public consultation on the white paper. Philanthropy Advocacy co-drafted the Global NPO Coalition’s input to this call together with other core group members, which was submitted in August. The for-profit approach cannot be applied to the civil society sector that by definition benefits the general public. A much more nuanced and risk based policy and emphasis on proportionality is needed in order not to breach standards of freedom of associations and fundamental rights.
News - 29 September 2021

Different views on the ongoing revision of Swiss foundation law

On 14 September 2021, the National Council approved the amendments to the law on foundations as part of the parliamentary initiative "The Swiss Foundation Sector. Strengthening” (14.470, so-called Luginbühl initiative). The amendments were approved in the overall vote by 188 votes to 0 with one abstention. In particular, the National Council had taken up the regulation of foundation supervision complaints and the remuneration of foundation boards, which SwissFoundations, as well as other stakeholders of the sector, had strongly advocated in the legislative process. The Council of States has now opposed these two points in its session on 22 September 2021.
News - 28 September 2021

Philanthropy in comparison – PLP: India-Europe compares different models of philanthropy

The first session of the inaugural Philanthropic Leadership Platform: India-Europe saw 19 participants compare and contrast philanthropy in India and Europe with guest speakers; Naghma Mulla and Mark O’Kelley.
News - 28 September 2021

Overcoming barriers to cross-border philanthropy and civil society: Philanthropy Advocacy addresses public EESC hearing

Philanthropy Advocacy (Dafne & EFC) was invited to speak at an important public hearing, organised by the EESC on 10 September 2021, titled “European Civil Society: Time for a…
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