The EFC welcomed a delegation of philanthropic leaders from China to Philanthropy House in Brussels as part of Stiftung Mercator’s international exchange programme. The visit, which took place on June 30th, involved a rich discussion with members of the delegation, representatives from European philanthropic organisations, the EFC, EVPA and NEF.

This is the third year the EFC has organised such a visit as part of the broader study trip that aims to share knowledge and foster cooperation, particularly on the philanthropic landscape and models and forms of philanthropy in Europe and China.

A wide variety of issues were covered throughout the day at Philanthropy House: the state of philanthropy in Europe and China and its operating environment; different models of operations and a reflection on the Institutional Philanthropy Spectrum, discussing the characteristics, practices, role and relevance of institutional philanthropy in society.

Although there may be some variation in opinion and outlook between philanthropy in China and Europe, the commonalities between the two regions far outweigh the differences. There was a call for more cooperation and links between philanthropy in the two regions, not only between individual organisations but also between associations. The EFC’s peer learning programme, Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe, launched in 2016, is a stepping stone towards sharing knowledge, expertise and building greater connections between the two regions.

For more information, please contact Marilena Vrana, mvrana@efc.be