2017 EFC AGA and Conference

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

31 May-2 June 2017, Warsaw


Registration is now open for the EFC’s 2017 Annual General Assembly and Conference, one of the largest global gatherings of philanthropy professionals committed to developing sustainable and inclusive societies!

Nowhere symbolises the 2017 theme quite like Poland – the cradle of the post-war 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, we see a clear and urgent need for such solidarity once more. The biggest challenges institutional philanthropy faces, from climate change to migration to social justice, inequality and exclusion, no matter how 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 aforementioned issues – is therefore of paramount importance if we are to get from where we are to where we want to be.

“How many threats to open society have we witnessed recently? How many of these have gone beyond threats to become tangible assaults on democracy, diversity and freedom? At times like these, when one attack seems to be followed by another, it is vital to turn the tables and show that we will not let ourselves be divided, and that we are stronger together.”

Ewa Kulik-Bielinska
 EFC Chair and Programme Committee Chair

Join us and more than 500 of your peers to exchange ideas, develop new collaborations and visit exciting local projects in Warsaw, a heroic city which has risen from the ruins of WWII to be become a vibrant cultural centre synonymous with solidarity!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the EFC’s events team on aga@efc.be.


Registrations fees amount to €750 per each attendee coming from an EFC member (€720 for any additional delegate after the first) and to €1500 for attendees coming from non-member organisations.

Foundations in Poland can benefit from the reduced member rate – please contact aga@efc.be for more information. For press accreditation, please contact Catherine Lennon at clennon@efc.be

Delegates are reminded that grantseeking is strictly forbidden during the AGA and Conference.