16 August 2023

Philea opens consultation on European Philanthropy Manifesto update

Four years after the introduction of our recommendations to policymakers in the European Philanthropy Manifesto, Philea is updating the manifesto to reflect new contexts and is consulting with members and the wider philanthropy sector to co-shape the updated manifesto and its recommendations.

Philanthropy has a key role to play in our pluralistic societies, but our legal mapping and ongoing analysis demonstrates that our operating space cannot be taken for granted. Old and new barriers restrict the space. What can policymakers at European, national and international levels do to ensure an enabling environment for philanthropy?

The updated European Philanthropy Manifesto seeks to suggest clear policy solutions building on what has been achieved already ahead of the 2024 elections. The updated Manifesto and its policy recommendations will be a key resource to engage with stakeholders in advocating for a fair legal, fiscal and administrative environment for philanthropy in Europe.

How can you engage around the Manifesto update?

Philea wants to hear your views and has set up a co-creation process to ensure that the Manifesto policy recommendations reflect the sector’s needs.

This process was kickstarted ahead of the Philea Forum 2023 where philanthropy infrastructure organisations and participants had their say on the lines of the process and questions around the scope of the updated Manifesto. An online survey was launched in July 2023 to invite stakeholders to provide input and suggestions by 15 September and targeted workshops with key stakeholders will be organised to inform the updating of the Manifesto.

The Philea Legal Affairs Committee is taking a lead in this process and will craft and review draft proposals for the text of the updated Manifesto in September and October. The draft updated manifesto will be made available for final comments and review in the second half of October.

All relevant stakeholders from the philanthropy ecosystem, including public-benefit foundations, philanthropy infrastructure organisations, wider civil society and social economy organisations, academics and policymakers are invited to contribute to the online consultation.

Have your say by contributing your views before 15 September.

Philea will launch its updated Manifesto at EuroPhilantopics 2023 on 29 November in Brussels.


Hanna Hanses
Policy Manager