We have developed our 2016-2022 Strategic Framework against the backdrop of a Europe where there is a palpable and urgent necessity for civil society to seize the moment and demonstrate our crucial role in responding to the many challenges and opportunities that are surfacing. The Framework was approved by EFC members during the 27th AGA and Conference in Amsterdam on 26 May.
We have opted for a Strategic Framework, rather than a strategic plan, as it allows us to be more dynamic, supple and better able to respond to the rapidly changing context in which institutional philanthropy finds itself operating.
The Framework is the fruit of 12 months of consultations with our members and other key stakeholders and the answers to our questions were clear. They told us that the EFC should strengthen its role as a thought-leader and spokesperson for the philanthropic sector, pay more attention to global issues and develop a strong analysis, insight and forecasting capability. They also told us to take on a leadership role, to consolidate our bridge-building capacity and to make the case for institutional philanthropy in Europe and beyond. We trust these goals are reflected in the Strategic Framework.
The 6-year Framework will be supported by an annual operating plan to deliver on the goals we have set ourselves. The implementation of the Framework will be monitored by the EFC Management Committee on a regular basis and a report will be made yearly to the Annual General Assembly of Members.
A major independent milestone review of the Strategic Framework will be undertaken in its third year and will be reported to the membership.