How do EFC members manage theirs assets? Is social investment an important issue to them? What do diversity policies in EFC membership look like?  What role does institutional philanthropy play to support democracy in Europe and beyond?  These are a few questions that the EFC members’ survey 2017 addresses.  Some 60 member organisations have provided data to date. Have you?

What do we learn from the survey?  Here’s a snapshot of a few findings:

Respondents’ work covers some 34 areas of expertise. A large share reported that they have no obligation (by law or their bylaws) to generate and spend a specific yearly amount to pursue their mission, but 40 % say they face internal and external challenges in managing their assets. Social investment is (becoming) an important issue, it underpins the organisation strategy of 15% of the current respondents.

Besides grantmaking and operating programmes, responding organisations state that they also provide non-financial support in multiple forms. A third has also set up a new organisation or a new entity to pursue their mission.

Diversity is an issue: over two-thirds of the respondents have a policy on diversity or intend to develop one.

Overall democracy is important (over 7 on a scale of 10) in the work of most of the respondents. In this context, pluralism, right of citizens and civic participation seem central, while few say they work with governments or businesses, or support the media. See a snapshot of some of the survey findings

Detailed findings of the survey will be debated throughout 2018 at EFC peer-learning events, whereas initial results will be released ahead of forthcoming members’ gatherings including the EFC EU Democracy network and EFC meeting on social investment.

The survey remains opened for those members who did not have a chance yet to contribute.

The EFC is running an annual members’ survey as part of its initiative to build the Institutional Philanthropy Spectrum, a tool that aims to grasp the complexity of institutional philanthropy, support learning and reflection among members, and inform conversations with policymakers.

The 2017 online questionnaire enquires about the following issues:

  • EFC members’ assets and how they use these assets
  • EFC member’s work, achievements and opportunities
  • EFC members’ diversity policies
  • The role institutional philanthropy (can) play in the current policy context, in particular, the challenges posed by recent developments to democracies in Europe and beyond