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    Global Fund for Community Foundations announces 2017 grants and learning programme

    The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is inviting concept notes for a two-year grants and learning programme aimed at understanding and supporting the work of European community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) on migration and refugees in their communities. The programme builds on an initial GFCF convening on the topic held in Brussels, January 2016.

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    Leading foundations sign 2016 Vision Europe Summit declaration

    Leaders from convening foundations and think tanks – including Bertelsmann Stiftung, Compagnia di San Paolo and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – recently signed the 2016 Vision Europe Summit declaration ‘Building Common Ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe’. The summit was held to discuss the challenges Europe faces regarding the migration and refugee crisis, as well as possible responses to the issue.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Call for nominations for UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award 2017

    The UNHCR is searching for an inspirational unsung hero supporting refugees for the honour of the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award. The Award seeks to reward an individual, group of people or organisation that have displayed extraordinary humanitarian work on behalf of refugees, displaced or stateless people.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Call for the 11th edition of the Carlos V European Awards is now open

    The Carlos V European Awards, organised by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, recognise the role carried out by the leading characters and driving forces behind the European building process. The awards were created with the purpose of rewarding individuals, organisations, projects or initiatives that have contributed to the general knowledge and exaltation of the cultural, social, scientific and historical values of Europe.

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    ERSTE Foundation and “la Caixa” Foundation launch new programme to help unemployed Hungarians find a job

    Incorpora Hungary is a newly created joint initiative that supports disadvantaged people in Hungary seeking employment. Launched in November 2016, Incorpora Hungary has flourished under the collaboration of the ERSTE Foundation and ‘la Caixa’ Foundation, both of whom recognise that tackling unemployment is one of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century.

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    EFC’s Thematic Network on European Democracy discusses disenchantment in Europe

    The EFC’s Thematic Network on European Democracy convened participants at a workshop on 6 December to consider recent issues in relation to democracy in Europe – and further afield – and discuss how foundations can help to prevent similar things happening in other EU Member States.

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    The West Africa Civil Society Institute announce a call for papers for upcoming conference

    The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has issued a call for papers for their upcoming conference, Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa: Contexts, Contradictions, and Possibilities. They are inviting theoretical, philosophical and empirical submissions drawing on the best investigative traditions and approaches from the entire spectrum of the social sciences, including, but not necessarily limited to, economics, history, psychology, cultural studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and anthropology

    • EFC

    Raymond Georis Debate 2016: “Youthful perspectives on age-old problems”

    The EFC’s annual Raymond Georis event, taking place this year in the shape of a debate, brought together three young Europeans to give their own perspectives on the critical issues faced by Europe today. What are their thoughts on where Europe is headed? Where do they see the pitfalls – and opportunities – lying ahead in the coming years? What are their frustrations with the current systems in place and what do they feel can, and should, be done to fix them?

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    Launch of 10 year, $60 Million Program Dedicated to Dismantling Anti-Black Racism

    The Atlantic Philanthropies and Columbia University have recently announced the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, a 10-year, $60 million program for creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa. The program will enable visionary activists, authors and artists, amongst others, to enhance their understanding of anti-black racism and strengthen their strategic capacity, individual skills and professional networks to lead successful movements for racial equity in their communities and around the world.

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    Ban Ki-moon meets with foundations during Habitat III to thank them for their contribution to sustainable urban development

    Secretary General Ban Ki Moon met with representatives of foundations on 17 October to thank institutional philanthropy for its invaluable contribution to sustainable urban development. The EFC’s Funders Forum for Sustainable Cities played a key role in bringing together philanthropic organisations for this meeting.