2017 EFC AGA and Conference

Courage to re-embrace solidarity in Europe – Can philanthropy take the lead?

31 May-2 June 2017, Warsaw


There is no more apt location to discuss the conference theme than Poland – the cradle of the solidarity movement in Europe. The roundtable talks which took place in the presidential palace next to the Bristol Hotel led to free elections in June 1989 and provided a catalyst for anti-communist transitions in all other CEE countries (including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in Prague).

Decades later, the need for such solidarity is evident once more. The biggest challenges institutional philanthropy faces, from climate change to migration, no matter how diverse and unique they appear on the surface, all have one key element in common – they affect each and every one of us. Solidarity – working together to find solutions and forging a strong community of responsibility for these issues – is therefore of paramount importance if we are to get from where we are to where we want to be.

But this is easier said than done, and collaborating in the spirit of solidarity requires energy, openness and flexibility … but above all, courage. Courage to face the current challenges together head on; courage to include diverse players and partners (including those too often excluded from decision-making) and gain different perspectives; courage to take risks, to push boundaries and support innovative new ideas. Above all, courage to stick together and remain focused on our goals no matter what adversity is encountered along the way.

The 2017 EFC AGA and Conference will focus on the theme of ‘courage for solidarity’ and specifically how philanthropy should be involved in fostering, supporting and promoting it. It will offer a unique opportunity for delegates from around the world to reflect on their own work, learn from their peers, and discover how, by finding the courage to re-embrace solidarity, they can help shape a brighter future.

For further information on our Annual Conference please contact us by email at aga@efc.be or phone +32.2.512.8938, you can also stay up to date with all the latest conference developments by submitting your email below!