• EFC member

    STRING Project will develop fully accessible itineraries in Italy, Spain and Bulgaria

    The STRING Project (Smart Tourist Routes for Inclusive Groups) is a transnational cooperation initiative aiming at creating fully accessible itineraries in Italy (Piedmont Region), Spain (in the city of Ávila) and Bulgaria (in the city of Sozopol). Transnational cooperation between foundations, associations for people with disabilities, tour operators and travel agencies has resulted in the idea of the STRING Box as an easy way to travel for tourists with specific needs. Several thematic itineraries have been created in each city and specifically dedicated to food and wine, open air activities and cultural visits.

    • EFC

    EFC and NPO coalition partners urge FATF to cease and desist targeting the sector as being ‘particularly vulnerable’ to terrorist abuse

    The EFC has taken a lead on behalf of the philanthropy sector within a global NPO coalition initiative to stop the disruption of the legitimate activities of NPOs put at risk by counter-terrorism policy being introduced by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). This is part of the EFC’s ongoing work to promote and safeguard an enabling framework for foundations.

    • EFC

    ‘Global challenges, local solutions’ on the menu at European Foundations for Sustainable Agriculture and Food conference

    The European Foundations for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Group met in Milan on the 13th and 14th of October, kindly hosted by Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia di San Paolo. Through a series of interactive workshops foundations, civil society representatives and policymakers tackled the question: “How can we learn to scale up practices on land use and food systems in service of a healthy, fair and thriving planet?”

    • EFC

    Funders’ Forum on Sustainable Cities addresses the SDGs, COP21 and Habitat III at annual conference

    On the 17th and 18th of November, 2015, the EFC’s Funders’ Forum on Sustainable Cities (FFSC) convened its annual conference at the headquarters of the Ford Foundation in New York. This year’s conference was focused on the big impact conversations, including the Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals/SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21) and, importantly to most of the attendees, the Habitat III gathering and New Urban Agenda in Quito in October 2016.

    • EFC member

    Tim Gardam appointed Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation

    The Nuffield Foundation Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of influential educator and broadcaster Tim Gardam as the new Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation. Mr Gardam is currently Principal of St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford and Chairman of the Which? Council and will take up his position at the foundation on 1 September 2016.

    • Philanthropy sector

    Submit your nominations for the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards

    The 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards is celebrating its 11th year of awarding civil society activists and organisations for their excellence, innovation, and brave risk-taking. If you haven’t already, you can submit your nominations until 17 January.

    • EFC

    Call for input: EFC European Environmental Funders Group online survey

    The EFC’s European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG) is exploring alternative economic models and transitions to more sustainable, fairer economies. In order for funders to better understand CSO needs, interests and capacities, we are launching a survey to examine which areas CSOs are working in, which areas do CSOs strengths lie and where CSOs may benefit from further capacity building and trainings.

    • EFC member

    JAFOWA – the Joint Action for Farmer Organisations in West Africa

    JAFOWA envisions and supports a dynamic and equitable farmer movement in West Africa that enables organisations of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and fishers to create and manage quality local food systems that benefit families and communities in their region in ecologically sustainable ways. The movement advances local and regional policies promoting ecological solutions, and enables the leadership of women, indigenous peoples and youth.

    • EFC

    Annual Conference on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2015

    Empowering workers with disability on the EU labour market: legal tools, challenges and best practices. On the 14-15th of December, the Academy of European Law (ERA) in collaboration with the European Foundation Centre organised their annual conference on rights of persons with disabilities. Judges and lawyers working in the area of anti-discrimination law or employment […]

    • Philanthropy sector

    EU presidency adopts recommendations to promote the social economy sector

    On the 7th December 2015, EU Ministers responsible for employment and social policies, health and consumers affairs (the so-called EPSCO Council), meeting under the Luxembourgish EU Council Presidency, adopted for the first time a clear political message to the European Commission and EU Member States in order to promote social economy and develop an appropriate […]