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    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation celebrates 10th Annual Letter by answering your questions about their work

    As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation celebrates the publication of their 10th Annual Letter in 2018, they answer ten tough questions that they are regularly faced with. Inviting anyone who is interested to get involved and propose their own questions, they will answer as honestly and forthrightly as they can, hoping to spread their optimism about the future! 

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    Head of Tax at Wellcome Trust calls for tax exemption as a rule for charities

    In early January, John Hemming, Head of Tax at the Wellcome Trust and chair of the UK Charity Tax Group, informed UK MPs that charities should be automatically exempt from taxes, unless parliament legislated to include charities in specific taxes.

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    Make philanthropy crate again – EFC staff and Chair learn about the importance of the circular economy and ‘building as one’

    On Friday 26 January, the EFC secretariat and Chair took part in a team-building day in Brussels giving wooden pallets a new lease of life as bookshelves at Belgian NGO Hu-Bu. The 7th element of our Strategic Framework 2016-2022 emphasises the need to “build as one” to ensure a sustainable organisation working consistently together as one team.

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    How do the proposed VAT reforms impact on institutional philanthropy? EFC takes on ECCVAT chair position recognising the importance of a fairer and simpler VAT system

    At the beginning of the year, the European Commission developed a proposal to reform the VAT system by introducing more flexibility for Member States to change the VAT rates. It will now be crucial to review and comment on these suggested amendments as they will affect charities and institutional philanthropy. EFC and Dafne will engage around the VAT reforms and their impact on institutional philanthropy.

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    Gerry Salole opens EESC Group III extraordinary meeting on “Civil Society in the EU: future scenarios for 2030”

    On 15 February 2018 EESC Group III will hold an extraordinary meeting for the presentation of a study promoted in cooperation with the Liaison Group on The future evolution of civil society in the European Union by 2030. The event will be opened by EFC Chief Executive Gerry Salole.

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    Third Swiss Foundation House established in Basel

    Basel becomes the third Swiss  city with a Foundation House (Maison des Fondations), following Geneva and Zurich. The relocation of the headquarters of Christophe Merian Stiftung in Basel created some space for the implementation of a similar project in Basel offering the chance to strengthen cooperation and connections between foundations and promote their work.

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    Innovative Europe-China philanthropy leadership exchange programme opens for 3rd year

    20 mid- to senior-level philanthropic leaders from China and Europe will gather in Brussels from 9-17 September 2018 to share their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns during the 3rd edition of the Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe (墨卡托中欧公益领导力伙伴项目), an intensive, peer-learning leadership development programme. Applications for the 20 available slots are now being accepted.

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    WINGS launch Global Landscape of Philanthropy Report

    WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) have recently release the Global Landscape of Philanthropy Report. This report aims to give a voice to the diversity of philanthropy, recognising and identifying trends and cultural aspects that affect giving in different parts of the globe.

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    Leveraging opportunity for grant-makers willing to fund educational poverty initiatives in Italy

    In the aim to tackle educational poverty in Italy, an exciting new leveraging opportunity has been introduced by CON I BAMBINI. International and Italian grant-makers can now aim to maximise their financial contribution with access to a recently established fund, totally 10 million euro, called Fondo per il contrasto della Povertà Educativa Minorile (Fund Against Educational Poverty in Children and Youth). This fund is open to making contributions from 250.000 euros to 1.500.000 euros to match contributions from international and Italian grant-makers.  

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    Barilla hosts 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

    Held on December 4-5 2017, the 8th edition of the Barilla International Forum took place in Milan. High on the agenda were discussions surrounding food security, climate change and migration, sustainable food systems at the national and urban level, and European agricultural reform. The forum gave a voice to new generations, involving young leaders from all over the world in two initiatives; the Food Sustainability Media Award for professional journalists and emerging talent in journalism, and the BCFNYES! contest designed to reward young researchers and projects focusing on food and sustainability.