25 March 2020

We stand together in the spirit of European solidarity

European Philanthropy Statement on COVID-19:

We stand together in the spirit of European solidarity

We, the signatories, recognise that the COVID-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an unprecedented impact on civil society organisations and NGOs across Europe and throughout the world.  We want to offer our reassurance that we stand together during this testing time, bringing our spirit of European solidarity to this worldwide crisis.

We are committed to being good partners and a source of meaningful support during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met.

If your community, services or organisation are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and you receive grant* funding from us, we are committed to:

  • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings** to ensure your work can continue
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.

This statement is being coordinated by DAFNE and the EFC and is open for signatures from all funders active in Europe.

*This does not apply to commissioned services or contracts where there will be separate discussions between commissioners and provider organisations.
** If applicable.

Sign up and show your support!

If your organisation would like to sign this statement, please get in touch at jredding@efc.be.

Signatures: 186 and counting…

4WINGS Foundation (Belgium)
Agropolis Fondation (France)
Alimerka Foundation (Spain)
Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation (Serbia)
Assifero – Italian association of grant-making foundations and institutional philanthropy (Italy)
Asociatia „Atelierul de Bine” (Romania)
Asociația More than a Smile (Romania)
Asociatia PERSPECTIVE Danes (Romania)
Aydın Dogan Foundation (Turkey)
Balkan Green Foundation (Kosovo)
Barrow Cadbury Trust (UK)
Belgian Federation of Philanthropic Foundations (FR) (NL) (Belgium)
Bernard van Leer Foundation (Netherlands)
BESIX Foundation (Belgium)
Bikubenfonden (Denmark)
Both ENDS (Netherlands)
CAF Charitable Foundation for Philanthropy Development (Russia)
Calala Women’s Fund (Spain)
Carlsberg Foundation (Denmark)
Carnegie UK Trust (UK)
Catalyst Balkans (Serbia)
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) (UK)
Civic Initiatives (Serbia)
Civil Society Development Foundation Romania (CSDF) (Romania)
Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
Doc Society (UK)
DOTS Foundation for an Open Society (Latvia)
EASL International Liver Foundation (Switzerland)
Elixir Foundation (Serbia)
Essl Foundation (Austria)
ERSTE Foundation (Austria)
EUROPA NOSTRA (Netherlands)
European Consulting Group (Serbia)
European Cultural Foundation (Netherlands)
European Foundation for Philanthropy and Society Development (Croatia)
filia.die frauenstiftung (Germany)
Finnish Cultural Foundation (Finland)
Fondation Botnar (Switzerland)
Fondation CHANEL (France)
Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso (France)
Fondation de France (France)
Fondation de Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Fondation nehs Dominique Bénéteau (France)
Fondation Nicolas Puech (Switzerland)
Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
Fondazione Alessandro Pavesi (Italy)
Fondazione Angelo Affinita (Italy)
Fondazione ASM Brescia (Italy)
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo (Italy)
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (Italy)
Fondazione Charlemagne onlus (Italy)
Fondazione Comunità del Canavese (Italy)
Fondazione Comunita Salernitana (Italy)
Fondazione comunitaria del Lecchese Onlus (Italy)
Fondazione Comunitaria del Varesotto (Italy)
Fondazione Comunitaria della Valle d’Aosta (Italy)
Fondazione Con Il Sud (Italy)
Fondazione CRT (Italy)
Fondazione De Agostini (Italy)
Fondazione della Comunità di Monza e Brianza (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità del Centro Storico di Napoli (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità di Messina (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità di Milano Città, Sud Est, Sud Ovest e Adda Martesana (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità Mirafiori onlus (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità San Gennaro onlus (Italy)
Fondazione di Comunità Val di Noto (Italy)
Fondazione Èbbene (Italy)
Fondazione Gruppo Credito Valtellinese (Italy)
Fondazione Joy (Italy)
Fondazione Luigi Rovati (Italy)
Fondazione Maruzza (Italy)
Fondazione Opes-Lcef (Italy)
Fondazione Paolo Bulgari (Italy)
Fondazione Ravasi Garzanti (Italy)
Fondazione Snam (Italy)
Fondazione SociAL (Italy)
Fondazione Umberto Veronesi (Italy)
Fondsen in Nederland (Netherlands)
FOQUS – Fondazione Quartieri Spagnoli (Italy)
Formations Sans Frontieres – International Health Care Education (FSF-IHCE) (France)
Ford Foundation (US)
Foundation for Future Generations (Belgium)
Foundation for Polish Science (Poland)
Foundation SOS Children’s Villages Serbia (Serbia)
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal)
Fundação Cecília Zino (Portugal)
Fundación Fundadeed (Spain)
Fundación Maior (Spain)
Fund B92 (Serbia)
Future Development Agency (Ukraine)
Gallery of Matica srpska (Serbia)
Generas Foundation Onlus (Italy)
Global Fund for Community Foundations (South Africa)

GSRD Foundation (Netherlands)
IKEA Foundation (Netherlands)
ING for Children Foundation (Poland)
International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) (Switzerland)
International Renaissance Foundation (Ukraine)
Jacobs Foundation (Switzerland)
Jelena Santic Foundation (Serbia)
Joachim Herz Stiftung (Germany)
Kahane Foundation (Switzerland)
Kering Foundation (France)
King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium)
Kone Foundation (Finland)
Kultura Nova Foundation (Croatia)
Kurt und Maria Dohle Stiftung (Germany)
“la Caixa” Foundation (Spain)
Learning for Well-being Foundation (Netherlands)
LEO Foundation (Denmark)
Le Quattro Stelle Foundation (Italy)
Maecenata Foundation (Germany)
MAVA Foundation (Switzerland)
Medicor Foundation (Liechtenstein)
Mediterranean Women’s Fund (France)
Mladiinfo International (North Macedonia)
Mozaik Foundation (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Nationale Postcode Loterij (Netherlands)
Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation (Liechtenstein)
National Foundation for Civil Society Development (Croatia)
Nessling Foundation (Finland)
Nesta Italia (Italy)
Nottinghamshire Community Foundation (UK)
Oak Foundation (Switzerland)
Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte (Luxembourg)
Open Society Foundations (Germany)
Open Society Fund Prague (Czech Republic)
Opera Barolo (Italy)
Oranje Fonds (Netherlands)
PeaceNexus Foundation (Switzerland)
Polish Donors Forum (Poland)
Portuguese Foundation Centre (Portugal)
Poul Due Jensen Foundation (Denmark)
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Netherlands)
Pro Victimis Foundation (Switzerland)
Realdania (Denmark)
Reconstruction Women’s Fund (Serbia)
RED NOSES Clowndoctors International
Reekimlane Foundation (UK)
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden)
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Germany)
Rockefeller Brothers Fund (USA)
Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation (Romania)
Romanian-American Foundation (Romania)
Rudolf Augstein Foundation (Germany)
Saastamoinen Foundation (Finland)
Sabancı Foundation (Turkey)
Serbian Philanthropy Forum (Serbia)
SGS Beograd, SGS Adriatica, SGS Slovenia & SGS Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbia)
Slovak-Czech Women’s Fund (Slovakia)
Snow Mountain Community Foundation (Poland)
South Yorkshire Community Foundation Ltd. (UK)
Sparebankstiftelsen DNB (Norway)
Sportfund Fondazione per lo sport Onlus (Italy)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (Greece)
Stefan Batory Foundation (Poland)
Stichting Alzheimer OnderzoekFondation Recherche Alzheimer (Belgium)
Stichting van Openbaar nut Pelicano(Belgium)
Stiftung Charité (Germany)
Stiftung Mercator (Germany)
Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse – Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano (Italy)
Svenska kulturfonden (Finland)
Terre des Hommes Netherlands (Netherlands)
Tesco Foundation (Poland)
Thalassa Foundation (Switzerland)
The Fritt Ord Foundation (Norway)
The Human Safety Net foundation (Italy)
The Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment (Serbia)
The Orange Foundation in Poland (Poland)
The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (Finland)
TIMA Charitable Foundation (Greece)
Trafigura Foundation (Switzerland)
Trag Fondacija (Serbia)
Trust for London (UK)
TVN Foundation “You are not alone” (Poland)
UK Community Foundations (UK)
Van Gendt Philanthropy Services (Netherlands)
Van Leer Group (Netherlands)
Vehbi Koç Foundation (Turkey)
Vladimir Potanin Foundation (Russia)
VolkswagenStiftung (Germany)
Wanda Di Ferdinando Foundation (Italy)
Zajecar Initiative (Serbia)


We thank everyone in the philanthropy sector who inspired us and contributed to this “European Philanthropy Statement on COVID-19”, in particular members and partners of the EFC and DAFNE and the London Funders, who kindly allowed us to use the wording of their funders’ statement as inspiration for our own.