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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…
News - 27 September 2021

Tackling the climate crisis: does philanthropy have what it takes?

Max von Abendroth and Karalyn Gardner, Dafne, share how philanthropy infrastructure organisations can inspire, guide and support their foundation members to become committed “climate foundations”.
News - 27 September 2021

Five key insights into how foundations are regulated in Europe: Sneak peek into the new “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Law” publication

The 2021 comparative study sheds new light on the philanthropic foundation sector in Europe, allowing us both to better understand the landscape of foundation law in Europe, and to identify trends and developments. The publication is the most comprehensive data gathering to date providing insights into the legal and fiscal regulation of foundations and philanthropy in Europe. Here are five key takeaways to get us started.
News - 27 September 2021

Philanthropy Advocacy welcomes the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)´s second report on Protecting civic space in the EU

Philanthropy Advocacy welcomes the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) ´s second report on Protecting civic space in the EU building on the previous one from 2018. You…
News - 24 September 2021

Looking back and looking forward: PEXcommunity

From editing the first PEXmagazine as a Dafne trainee to being elected to the PEX Co-Creation Council representing ACF, Joanna Pienkowska reflects on the evolution of PEX and her journey alongside it, as well as some hopes and aspirations for the PEXcommunity’s future.
News - 24 September 2021

The future of philanthropy is now

Kirsten Hommelhoff, Secretary General of the Association of German Foundations, shares her view on the importance of recognising and fostering philanthropic activities throughout Europe to accompany societal change. The good news is that philanthropy is already on the right track!
News - 24 September 2021

European Semester reform should learn from National Recovery and Resilience Plans experience

On behalf of the EESC Liaison Group, the Philanthropy Advocacy (Dafne & EFC) co-lead Hanna Surmatz presented reflections about the reform of the European Semester process from a civil society…
News - 23 September 2021

How to build a supportive ecosystem for philanthropy

Nadya Hernandez and Barry Knight introduce the most recent WINGS study "Acting together to lift up philanthropy", a guide on how to build a supportive ecosystem for philanthropy, measure its effectiveness, and ‘make infrastructure visible’. #LiftUpPhilanthropy guide provides several tools that line up perfectly with the new eco-systemic approach embraced by the sector.
News - 21 September 2021

Assifero launches the national commitment of Italian foundations and philanthropic organisations on climate change

Assifero have launched a national commitment on climate change - part of a global movement of philanthropy for climate.
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