• EFC member

    Bertelsmann Stiftung release new study on migration and displacement

    A unique study has recently been published by Bertelsmann Stiftung on the topics of refugees and migration. The study, Escaping the Escape, includes reports by 25 experts from Africa, Asia and Europe. In the study, experts report on the current situation in Europe and offer recommendations on how to minimise the root causes of migration and how the European Union can support people in their search for freedom, self-determination and well-being.

    • EFC member

    Avina Foundation and Omidyar Network invest $3.5M in civic technology in Latin America

    Omidyar Network, Fundación Avina, and Avina Americas have today launched the Latin American Alliance for Civic Technology (ALTEC). The $3.5M fund will support the development and promotion of civic tech platforms created to increase government transparency, fight corruption, and improve the delivery of public services.

    • EFC member

    Charities Aid Foundation develops 3 year programme to enhance charity resilience

    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has created a new programme that aims to enhance charity resilience and encourage further individual giving to support this goal. The three year programme is designed to help smaller charities strengthen their long-term organisational health in order for them to be able to continue delivering vital services for their communities.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Financial access for U.S. non-profits – first empirical data on banking problems

    U.S. non-profits that do international work seem to be facing problems when trying to access financial services. In response to this issue, a comprehensive report, Financial Access for U.S. Non-profits Reveals Broad Scope of Problem, has been published by the Charity & Security Network. The report includes background on the bank ‘de-risking’ problems and information for focus groups, as well as interviews with people in financial institutions, government and a broad range of non-profits.

    • EFC

    Fritt Ord’s Digital Lives project comes to Philanthropy House

    The European Foundation Centre is excited to introduce the public to the thought-provoking work of the Fritt Ord Foundation. An exhibition, named ‘Digital Lives’, will be held at Philanthropy House from the 8th of February until the end of March and it promises to be an incredibly unique opportunity for all attendees.

    • EFC

    New EU consultation on VAT rates until the 20th of March 2017 – your views count!

    The European Commission has now opened a public consultation running until the 20th of March 2017 which considers two options for the reform of the VAT rate system.

    • EFC

    How do recent EU Directives that potentially impact on institutional philanthropy translate into national law?

    Within the context of the joint EFC and DAFNE study on enlarging the space for institutional philanthropy, we would like to hear your views on the national level implementation of two recent EU Directives – as they may impact the environment for institutional philanthropy.

    • EFC

    Enlarging the space for Institutional Philanthropy in Europe: joint EFC and DAFNE study under way

    Based on existing knowledge, resources and information provided by EFC and DAFNE, Oonagh Breen from the University College of Dublin is writing a report which aims to identify and review types of barriers and regressive legislation across Europe that are impeding institutional philanthropy.

    • EFC member

    Global Fund for Community Foundations announces 2017 grants and learning programme

    The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) is inviting concept notes for a two-year grants and learning programme aimed at understanding and supporting the work of European community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) on migration and refugees in their communities. The programme builds on an initial GFCF convening on the topic held in Brussels, January 2016.

    • EFC member

    Leading foundations sign 2016 Vision Europe Summit declaration

    Leaders from convening foundations and think tanks – including Bertelsmann Stiftung, Compagnia di San Paolo and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – recently signed the 2016 Vision Europe Summit declaration ‘Building Common Ground: Towards strategic migration and refugee policies in Europe’. The summit was held to discuss the challenges Europe faces regarding the migration and refugee crisis, as well as possible responses to the issue.