The EFC offers its deepest condolences to the victims of the attacks in Berlin and Ankara

    It is with deepest sadness that we heard of the terrible attack on and subsequent loss of life at the Christmas market in Berlin, and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on 19 December. The EFC would like to express its most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the victims.

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    Call for Applications: The Jacobs Foundation Marbach Castle Residence Program 2017

    The Residence Program offers senior and/or junior (post-doctoral) researchers in the field of child and youth development an inspiring setting for conducting uninterrupted, goal-oriented, collaborative work. In addition to time for dedicated work on projects during the day, building new connections and collegial interaction with fellow residents from a variety of disciplines and geographies is a defining characteristic of the Marbach experience.

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    Council on Foundations publishes ‘Five trends in philanthropy’

    The President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Vikki Spruill, has written about the ‘Five trends in Philanthropy’ as a conclusion to the Council’s 2017 Trendspotting Series. Highlights include how 2017 will be a year of change as orthodoxies in the field get tested and philanthropy steps into a more prominent national role.

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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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    Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) launches new Food Sustainability Index

    On December 7th, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) launched their new Food Sustainability Index tool at the European Parliament, Brussels. The index, which was created with the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranks countries based on three different pillars; nutritional challenges, sustainable agriculture and food loss and waste. The index currently covers 25 countries, 87% of GDP and 2/3 of the global population.

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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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    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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    Can charities and the financial services industry work together through blockchain technology?

    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have recently been exploring the opportunities and challenges that blockchain technology might bring for charities and their supporters. Many of the opportunities and challenges encountered have also been found to be relevant to the financial services industry, meaning that there is a real prospect for charities and financial services businesses to work together on developing applications of blockchain technology.

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    EFC Operations Professionals Network bi-annual meeting

    The EFC Operations Professionals Network (OPN) held its bi-annual meeting at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, on 5-6 December 2016.

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    Welcome on board!

    Take a look at the new members the EFC has welcomed in 2016!