In community philanthropy, relying on existing local institutions is the answer

    In this interview in openDemocracy, EFC Chief Executive Gerry Salole explains the importance of recognising that local communities have a better understanding of their own exigencies and needs and why this is crucial in terms of ‘shifting the power’.

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    Barrow Cadbury Trust chosen to run new Access Social Investment Infrastructure Fund

    The Barrow Cadbury Trust has recently been selected to run the Access Social Investment Infrastructure Fund. The Access Fund – initially set up by a group of organisations including EFC member, the Big Lottery Fund – was created to provide a mix of grants and loans to develop the social investment market.

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    Fondazione Cariplo celebrates its 25th birthday with special event in Milan

    On the 16th December Fondazione Cariplo, one of the most influential organisations in philanthropy not only in Italy, but throughout Europe and the world, is celebrating its 25th birthday with a special event in Milan.

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    Study on the comparison of tax percentage designation in European countries

    The ERSTE Foundation has recently commissioned a research project, Assessment of the Impact of the Percentage Tax Designations: Past, Present, Future, which compares tax percentage designation in several European countries. Since the 1990s, some European countries have introduced a tax designation concept – varying from country to country. The concept’s core principle is to grant the right to a taxpayer to designate 1-2% of their paid income tax to a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, church or other type of public benefit entity.

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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

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    EDGE Funders announce Call for Sessions for upcoming Just Giving Conference 2017

    EDGE Funders have announced a Call for Sessions for their upcoming Just Giving Conference 2017. The Conference will be held in Barcelona on 25 – 28 April, 2017 and will discuss how citizen action and progressive philanthropy can re-organise power to build the new and overcome the extractive economy.

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    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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    Bhekinkosi Moyo awarded Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize 2016

    The fourth Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize – given to an individual who demonstrates remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change – has recently been awarded to Bhekinkosi Moyo. Bheki Moyo, executive director of the Southern Africa Trust and chair of the Africa Philanthropy Network, has dedicated his career to promoting African philanthropy locally, globally and supporting both the practical and theoretical aspects of it.

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    Recent Publication on Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey

    The Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) recently published the Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey report. This comprehensive publication presents up-to-date data on perception on philanthropy, trends and motivations in individual giving in Turkey, as well as comparisons on the change in the understanding on philanthropy and giving practices in the last decade.

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    Philanthropy and the New Urban Agenda – highlights from Habitat III

    The EFC’s Funders Forum on Sustainable Cities took part in the United Nations HABITAT III conference from 17-20 October in Quito during which Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thanked institutional philanthropy for its invaluable contribution to sustainable urban development.