The EFC is the platform for and champion of institutional philanthropy – with a focus on Europe, but also with an eye to the global philanthropic landscape.
With the aim of being the voice of institutional philanthropy in Europe, we communicate to stakeholders the value of organised philanthropy to society, to help nurture an environment in which it can flourish. We serve as a hub of sector exchange and intelligence, to help our members increase the impact of their added value in society.
Belonging to the EFC allows your organisation to join a growing network of dynamic funders that are leaders in their respective fields across Europe and around the world. Philanthropic organisations working effectively together for the public good increases the visibility of the sector, adds to public trust, and brings further legitimacy to the important work of philanthropy in Europe and throughout the world.
With over 25 years of experience and over 200 member organisations, the EFC gives its members access to a wealth of knowledge on the sector and to long-term relationships with philanthropic peers and external actors. Building on relationships and dialogue with policymakers which span several years, we help our members engage with high-level decision-makers. We also partner with a range of actors and catalyse joint projects which tackle many of today’s greatest challenges.
Living in a globalised world, issues are not confined by geographic borders, and problems can be best tackled when different perspectives are blended. The EFC welcomes diverse views and approaches from a range of backgrounds from organisations active in and with Europe. By joining the EFC, your organisation and staff can be part of this dynamic community.
Visit our policy work and programmes pages to learn about the services we offer in the form of programmes, peer-learning and exchange, policy engagement, networks, knowledge, and so much more, and how you can get involved.
What do we mean by institutional philanthropy?
Institutional philanthropy refers to foundations, corporate funders and other players that 1) have their own financial resources which they deploy strategically, 2) are independently governed, and 3) use private resources for public good. These organisations, which are in myriad forms, are purposefully structured and organised over the long term and bound by structures of accountability, public benefit and public reporting and legal requirements.