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Antoaneta Ivanova
Opinions - 30 October 2019

Are we digitalising civic movements?

This blog was first published by Alliance Magazine on 29 October 2019. During the EFC Grantmakers East Forum in Tbilisi, the donors in attendance were…
Guido Barilla
Opinions - 28 October 2019

Fight climate change with your fork

Until recently, most private foundations ignored climate change. Rather, they preferred to combat its negative effects such as migration and health care. This is useful, but it left unanswered many…
Lourdes Marquez de la Calleja
Opinions - 15 October 2019

30 years of the EFC

Ahead of addressing the 74th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly this year on September 26th in New York, the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, took a selfie,…
Lynda Mansson
Opinions - 14 October 2019

From pioneering to building for lasting impact: 25 years of MAVA grantmaking

This blog was previously posted on the MAVA Foundation website. This year marks the 25th anniversary of MAVA grant-making. Established originally as a vehicle…
Marika Hedin
Opinions - 7 October 2019

A new role for the EFC

Congratulations EFC on celebrating 30 years of fruitful networking and peer-learning! As a relative newcomer to the philanthropic sector, I already feel welcome: through an inspiring first meeting with Gerry…
Jeremy Farrar
Opinions - 1 October 2019

Why we need to reimagine how we do research

This post originally appeared on the Wellcome Trust website on 10 September 2019. The emphasis on excellence in the research system is stifling diverse…
Shannon Lawder
Opinions - 17 September 2019

An unorthodox meeting becomes a 30-year partnership

One early morning in August 1990, Mott Foundation Chairman Bill White was on a tour bus in Krakow, Poland, while attending the Johns Hopkins Second Annual International Fellows in Philanthropy…
Anthony Tomei
Opinions - 16 September 2019

Why are we doing this? How foundations are thinking differently about their missions

Historically foundation activity has largely meant grant giving, and as grant givers much of our attention has focussed on “how” questions: How do we communicate our requirements? How do we…
Marie-Stéphane Maradeix
Opinions - 10 September 2019

A philanthropic coalition for climate emergency and social justice

We have ten years, ten short years left to activate the transition towards a global system able to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In addition to the environmental…
Michael Göring
Opinions - 5 September 2019

Cooperation beyond borders

Congratulations, EFC, and many happy returns! Privately established foundations working for the common good are central to European history, first appearing in recorded history when Plato founded the “Academia” in…
Michael Mapstone
Opinions - 3 September 2019

The path forward for philanthropy − Harnessing the powerful voices of the young

Michael Mapstone of the Charities Aid Foundation looks back on 30 years of the European Foundation Centre and examines how the institution has evolved, the challenges…
Truus Huisman
Opinions - 29 August 2019

The right time to do right is always right now

The EFC is turning 30, an accomplishment in its own right. Yet, we can think of far more than 30 reasons to celebrate achievements by philanthropy in Europe. Past EFC…
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