• EFC

    Revitalizing democracy in Europe

    Taking place during the EFC’s AGA and Conference in Warsaw in May, this meeting aimed to share creative thoughts and use out-of-the-box thinking on how to reinvigorate democracy in Europe. Various actors are facing many complexities and new challenges in their efforts to move Europe out of its current dysfunction. Panellists and participants explored practical solutions that have the potential to succeed but are sometimes politically neglected. Lessons learned from the recent “shocks” that Europe has experienced (e.g. Brexit), were also discussed in this dynamic and engaged debate.

    • EFC member

    Remembering Helen Rachel Cadbury from Barrow Cadbury Trust, 24 March 1965 – 30 June 2017

    The following message was written by Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust and EFC Governing council member. 

    • EFC member

    Concern over Hungarian nationwide billboard and television advertising campaign targeting George Soros

    The Fidesz-led Hungarian government has launched a nationwide billboard and television advertising campaign targeting George Soros. The campaign uses an image of a grinning George Soros with the slogan “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!”, with thousands posted around the country on billboards, on the metro, on the floors of Budapest’s trams so that people cannot enter the tram without trampling on Soros’s face.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Applications now open for the Civil Society Prize 2017

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Civil Society Prize 2017 will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and which aim at the labour market integration of newcomers and all the people who are distant from the labour market and require specific support.

    • EFC member

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation announces new initiatives with John Hopkins University and FC Barcelona Foundation

    During the sixth annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy, two new important initiatives were announced.

    • EFC member

    Bertelsmann Stiftung release SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017

    A report released today by Bertelsmann Stiftung provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report explores the increasingly popular approach by many heads of government of ‘my country first’ and explains how it may threaten the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    • EFC

    Massimo Lapucci, EFC chair, interviewed by Alliance magazine

    During the EFC conference in Warsaw, “Courage to re-embrace solidarity – Can philanthropy take the lead?”, our newly appointed chair Massimo Lapucci was interviewed by Alliance Magazine on how he reconciles the local with the international, what he sees as the real value of philanthropy, and how he hopes that the EFC will help philanthropy speak with ‘a strong voice’

    • EFC

    European Commission officially responds to the EFC’s concerns in Hungary

    The European Commission has officially responded to concerns voiced by the EFC over the situation in Hungary. A response written to EFC CEO Gerry Salole, acknowledged receiving the EFC’s statement in support of NGO’s in Hungary and assured that the Commission is closely following the recent developments in Hungary and has taken action to address specific concerns.

    • EFC

    EFC welcomes Chinese philanthropic delegation

    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.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Non-profit sector covered by EU terrorism financing and money laundering risk assessment

    On June 26th the Commission released its Supranational Risk Assessment (SNRA) Report. It assesses the vulnerability of various financial products and services to risks of money laundering and terrorist financing including also risks related to the non-profit sector, the first time ever such an analysis is conducted at EU level.