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    Participants explore innovation as key to responding to today’s challenges

    In a special plenary session today, innovation – along with its inherent challenges and risks – was on the agenda as delegates debated what true innovation means and what it entails for philanthropy. HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands underlined in her keynote address philanthropy’s unique position and potential when it comes to innovation. Ruby Johnson, Co-Director of FRIDA, and Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive of the Trust for London, offered their perspectives and experience.

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    Urgent social issues on the agenda as the EFC kicks off its annual conference in Amsterdam

    Keynote speakers at the Opening Plenary of the 2016 EFC AGA and Conference stressed the pressing need for philanthropy to leverage its unique attributes to work in much closer partnership with other sectors to alleviate the refugee crisis, among other social challenges.

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    Refugee crisis, foundation innovation, the changing economy: Over 600 leaders from philanthropy, politics and business tackle these challenges

    Brussels, 23 May 2016 – The refugee crisis, innovation and the changing economy are not only priorities for the current Dutch Presidency of the EU, but also the key challenges that will be addressed over three days during the European Foundation Centre’s 27th Annual General Assembly and Conference in Amsterdam next week. Over 600 philanthropic leaders and representatives from international NGOs, academia, business, and policymakers will tackle and try to find solutions to the most important societal issues that are relevant to the future of Europe and the world at large.

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    EFC interviewed at Policy Forum for Development about the need for an enabling environment for civil society organisations

    As a consequence of the EFC’s ongoing work on the enabling environment, Hanna Surmatz,  our Senior Legal Affairs Officer was asked to speak at the 4th Policy Forum for Development (PFD) in March. The EFC is a member of the PFD and was this time invited to speak about the need for an enabling environment for civil […]

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    Challenging the closing space for civil society – a practical starting point for funders: revised edition now available

    The European Foundation Centre, Ariadne and the International Human Rights Funders Group have issued the latest edition of their guide for funders who want to challenge the closing space for civil society is now available: Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A Practical Starting Point for Funders. This guide shares outcomes from the June […]

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    Closing Space for Philanthropy Survey Findings

    Since 2012 more than 100 laws have been enacted by governments around the globe to restrict registration, operations and funding flows from and to non-profit organisations. Though the type and severity of restrictions vary, the ‘space for philanthropy’ has become a major and growing concern within the philanthropic community. Earlier this year, as part of […]

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    Fondation de France appoints Axelle Davezac as new Director General

    Axelle Davezac has been appointed Director General of Fondation de France. She will take office on the 1st September 2016 and will succeed Francis Charhon , who has been CEO of Fondation de France since 1992 and who retires this year. Davezac, 47 has over 10 years experience in the philanthropic sector. Among other positions, Davezac currently […]

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    First Zero Project Analysis on Early Childhood Intervention released

    The Zero Project is an initiative of the Essl Foundation that focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. The project aims to provide a platform where the most innovative and effective solutions to problems that persons with disabilities face, are shared. The Zero Project has just released its first analysis on Early Childhood. While the […]

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    European and Chinese partners launch unique platform for philanthropy leaders

    Twenty mid- to senior-level philanthropic leaders from China and Europe will gather in Brussels from 4-14 September 2016 to share their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns during 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.

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    CAF release new report on shrinking space for civil society in the UK

    EFC member the Charities Aid Foundation has just released the report ”Do as I say, not as I do: UK policy and the global closing space for civil society”. The report responds to a number of recent policies introduced in the UK that have led to criticism from civil society organisations, which fear that their […]