In the context of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the European Foundation Centre undertook a survey of its members and other institutional philanthropy actors who are funding, supporting, advocating, and partnering to advance the situation of people with disabilities in Europe and beyond, including those with disabilities related to ageing.
This publication summarises the survey results which provide an up-to-date picture of EFC members and other funders active in the field of disability, whether it is part of their core mission or just one of their fields of action, and an insight to better understand their practices. The survey results are based on input from 34 philanthropic organisations. Data supplied refers to the year 2015 unless otherwise specified.
Key findings include:
* The 30 respondents that could provide full data have a combined annual expenditure of €650 million out of which €155 million is in the field of disability
* The top three areas of focus for disability expenditure are accessibility, education and employment
* The organisations surveyed employ a total of 1672 full-time equivalent staff (including consultants)
* The survey shows that funding for disability is not always a core mission but often a part of other strategic aims and programmatic areas, underpinning the notion that disability is increasingly a cross-cutting issue in philanthropic work
* Almost half of the organisations who took part in the survey have a transnational activity or global focus
* All organisations surveyed engage in some form of collaboration with other organisations and/or governments
* The philanthropic organisations surveyed often combine and use a range of philanthropic tools at their disposal to improve the situation of people with disabilities, including training, grants, public awareness work and research, as well as the creation of new networks, entities, fora and companies such as social enterprises.
The report comprises two parts:
* Part 1: A profile of this sample of disability funders, addressing in particular who they are, their main area(s) of focus, who they support, how they work, and if they cooperate and why.
* Part 2: A snapshot of 24 initiatives and projects supported by these organisations to illustrate some of their disability-related work, outlining their approach and achievements, as well as some challenges and learnings.