Working on the SDGs? We want to hear from you!

Working on the SDGs? We want to hear from you!

Are you an EFC member working on the SDGs? The EFC is looking to hear from its members about some of their best practices, initiatives and projects, that are currently working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The aim is to get a clearer picture of the work that EFC members are doing in this area, and simultaneously open up a dialogue on potential ways for the EFC to help support the reaching of these goals.

A new section of the new EFC website, Good Practices, serves as a repository of these (and other) case studies, showcasing the diversity of work undertaken by EFC members.

To get involved, contact Lucia Patuzzi about your organisation’s best practices with the SDGs.

EFC Strategic Learning Network kicks off in Brussels

The EFC has launched a network of philanthropy professionals focused on strategic learning. Experts on strategy, monitoring, evaluation and learning from 23 foundations convened on 5 June 2019 at Philanthropy House in Brussels to embark on this new peer-learning journey.

The purpose of this new EFC network is to promote learning and knowledge sharing among peers on topical matters in a safe and trusted environment and advance strategic learning practice in European philanthropy. Rather than just looking at monitoring and evaluation, this initiative will tackle a range of information gathering approaches (including M&E) and then elevate the discussions to the level of strategy.

Several key questions that cut to the core of the discussions during this kick-off meeting: What do you measure? What do you communicate internally and externally? How do you evaluate your role in a complex system? How do you create a learning culture across organisations? How do you reconcile a data/evidence-based decision-making model with a strong social justice remit?

The meeting featured an opening plenary address by Lisa Jordan, who is the founder of Aim for Social Change and who has previously held senior leadership positons with Ford foundation, Porticus and Bernard van Leer Foundation. Jordan hailed the creation of this network as an important milestone; shared with participants an overview of the European philanthropic sector’s evolution in the last ten years and why this matters; and highlighted participants’ individual and collective power and responsibility to transform their organisations and create meaningful impact.

In the other sessions of the programme through a blend of peer presentations and small group discussions, participants had the opportunity to learn more about strategic learning processes in place at peer foundations, discuss best practice for building organisational capacity for strategic learning, and surface initiatives to help trigger learning conversations about failure and improve future performance and impact.

The network has ambitious plans for the period ahead – including a benchmarking survey, a joint webinar with the EFC Communications Professionals in Philanthropy Network in Autumn, and an autumn/winter meeting.

For more information, please contact Stefanos Oikonomou, Thematic Networks Coordinator.

The first ”Leaders for a New Chicago” awards have been announced

The inaugural Leaders for a New Chicago awards have been announced by the organisers of the award, the MacArthur Foundation and the Field Foundation.

The awards, announced in February to help foster a ”more equitable and just Chicago”, recognise 14 community based organisers and leaders who best represent the many communities, disciplines and broad diversity of Chicago. A cash prize of $25,000 is awarded to each individual, along with a matching payment to their organisation, should it be a non-profit.

The organisers of the award and the selection committee believe that these individuals can help ”to retell the story of what a leader looks like—and it looks like Chicago”.

Read more on the 2019 Leaders for a New Chicago Awardees.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announces $622m asset divestment from oil and gas

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has announced (17 June) that it has signed a sale and purchase agreement to divest the entire issued share capital of Partex Holding B.V. (“Partex”) to a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (“PTTEP”) from Thailand. PTTEP will pay the foundation up to US$622 million, subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, with closing expected to occur towards the end of 2019.

The agreement was signed by the President of the Foundation, Isabel Mota, and the President and CEO of PTTEP, Phongsthorn Thavisin.

Read more on the Gulbenkian website

Welcome our newest members to the EFC network!

The EFC welcomes its latest members to its worldwide network of philanthropic organisations! To find out more on EFC membership and what it can provide visit here.


Our new members:

Allianz Kulturstiftung

Allianz Kulturstiftung initiates and funds multilateral arts, culture and education projects, with an aim towards fostering mutual understanding and dialogue in Europe and the Mediterranean area. Their main focus is on cross-disciplinary and contemporary projects that put innovative approaches into practice, and help shape social change with the spirit of European integration.

Created in 2000 by Allianz SE, the organisation funds both third parties projects, and its own initiatives.


Cecilia Zino Foundation

The Cecilia Zino Foundation was established in 1961 to fulfil the desire expressed by Dona Cecilia Rose Zino to create a paediatric hospital dedicated to the poor children of Madeira Island. In 1974 the hospital was transformed into a centre to aid children and young people in need and through its residential care centre the Foundation continues to protect and assist children and youth in need.


Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

The Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo is a cultural foundation that specialises in supporting research in the humanities and preserving the knowledge of cultural heritage in innovative ways so as to reach as wide a public as possible. The foundation manages and preserves the Historical Archives of the Compagnia di San Paolo and supports early-career researchers.


Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna was established in 1991 by the Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna and is committed towards supporting the community in Bologna, along with organisations and projects aimed at social, cultural and economic development. The foundation runs and supports projects in the field of Arts and Culture, Scientific and Technological Research, Education and Social Care.


Learning for Well-being Foundation

Learning for Well-being was established in 2004 with the aim of supporting the environments and processes that allow individuals and groups to develop their potential, to inspire people to listen more to children and to support more initiatives aiming to improve their well-being. The foundation develops and runs projects involving child participation, education, knowledge sharing and research and assessment.


Stiftung Deutsche Welthungerhilfe

Stiftung Deutsche Welthungerhilfe was created in 1998 as a result of the will of the board of the NGO Welthungerhilfe e.V. The objective of the foundation is to provide long-term, continuous support to the work of the NGO, which develops projects to end hunger and poverty in over 30 countries worldwide through development cooperation, humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction.


Our new affiliates:

A.I.R. Europe – Applied Research in the Behavioral Sciences GmbH

The mission of AIR is to improve the lives of the disadvantaged by conducting and applying behavioural and social science research and evaluation. They work worldwide with an emphasis on low and middle income countries, and focus on areas such as: pre-primary, primary and secondary education; refugees and migrants, social learning, violence prevention and trauma; and youth development.


EMERGENCY ong onlus

Emergency ong onlus is a humanitarian organisation founded in Milan in 1994 to help the civilian victims of war and poverty. Emergency works extensively in conflict-ridden regions such as Afghanistan and Iraq to provide free medical care. The purpose and objectives of the Association are to promote a culture of peace and solidarity and to promote the assertion of human rights. The Association is committed to helping the victims of armed conflict, especially civilians.


Reporters Sans Frontières 

Reporters Sans Frontières strives for a world in which all people benefit from freely available information that enables them to be aware of the challenges in their local environment, and worldwide, and provide them the opportunity to form their own opinion. Reporters Sans Frontières promotes freedom, pluralism and the independence of journalism, by defending those who embody those ideals through prevention, training, assistance to journalists worldwide, and supporting research and publications about press freedom.


Mo Ibrahim Foundation issue a statement on the massacre in Khartoum

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has issued a statement on the massacre in Khartoum expressing its deep concern on the situation in Sudan.

The foundation was established in 2006 to define, assess and enhance governance and leadership throughout Africa, and has been monitoring the situation in Sudan for some time. The full statement can be found below.


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is deeply concerned by the situation in Sudan, which has recently taken a turn for the worse, with a brutal armed crackdown on peaceful protestors, claiming the lives of an alarming number of civilians in recent days, and crushing hopes for a democratic transition.

The TMC, which toppled Omar al-Bashir in April, claimed they were taking over to protect the protesters. Now they have unleashed the unruly Rapid Support Forces (Janjaweed 2.0) on the Sudanese people.

The African Union is right to suspend Sudan’s membership, pending the transfer to civilian rule. The international community has been largely slow and hesitant on support to the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people. Unfortunately, some regional powers, led by Saudi Arabia, appear to side with the military, with disastrous results. China is damaging its standing and its reputation in Africa by blocking the UN Security Council resolution condemning TMC’s violence. We have not seen a single tweet from the White House in support of the people of Sudan and of democracy.

The Foundation hopes that the global community will unite to use all possible means to encourage all parties to re-establish political negotiations, leading as soon as possible to a civilian-led government, in order to organise free and fair elections in an open political space. Democratic civilian rule is the only way to ensure sustainable good governance for all the people of Sudan, and stability in this volatile region.”

Statement on the massacre in Khartoum.

Wecyclers receive the King Baudouin African Development Prize 2018-2019

The King Baudouin African Development Prize 2018-2019 has been awarded to Wecyclers, a waste management start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria, for their work in combining waste collection with social development in some of the poorest areas of Lagos.

Awarded the prize on 12 June, in the presence of HM King Philippe and HM Queen Mathilde, in Brussels, the King Baudouin African Development Prize recognises the innovative dynamism that Wecyclers has created, going beyond the amount of waste collected, it is about promoting the attitude that processing waste offers benefits and opportunities while making economic, and environmental sense too.

The King Baudouin African Development Prize was established by the King Baudouin Foundation to reward outstanding contributions to development in Africa, initiated and led by Africans. The Prize furthermore seeks to draw public attention to the many inspirational stories, including challenges and successes, emerging from the African continent.

Read more on the King Baudouin African Development Prize or on the work of Wecyclers.


Image courtesy of Nyancho Nwanri/Arete.

Applications are now open for the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe 2019

Applications are now open for the inaugural Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe, launched in partnership with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation and taking place from 5-8 November 2019, in Brussels.

Based upon the successes of the previous Philanthropic Leadership Platform exchanges between China and Europe, and Latin America and Europe, the EFC is launching a new Philanthropic Leadership Platform, in partnership with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation; the Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe. The platform will see 20 participants explore what’s next in philanthropy and learn from some of the most innovative peer organisations in the sector, for four days in Brussels.

The programme is built on the following specific activities:

There are no registration costs for the programme, participants are however responsible for covering the costs of travel to/from the programme location, including costs associated with visas; and accommodation costs. All other costs associated with the programme will be covered by the organisers.

To apply applicants must demonstrate the explicit support of their organisation’s management for their full participation in the programme and submit the application form by 7 July.

Read the draft programme.

For further information visit here.

Press release: EFC and Vladimir Potanin Foundation launch Philanthropic Leadership Platform: Russia-Europe

Brussels, 6 June 2019 – The EFC is launching a new philanthropy leadership exchange programme in partnership with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The first edition of the exchange will take place from 5-8 November 2019 in Brussels and will focus on the question of how philanthropic organisations can co-create, learn, adapt and scale lasting solutions to societal challenges.

“We are convinced that professional exchanges, getting acquainted with peers, and discussion of best practices are necessary conditions for growth and development of the non-profit sector,” says Oksana Oracheva, General Director of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. “We hope that the programme will stimulate international dialogue, dissemination of best practices, and new partnerships.”

The four-day exchange will bring together 20 participants (10 from Europe and 10 from Russia) and will involve workshops, panel discussions, lectures, group work on specific topics, and site visits to innovative local projects as well as conversations with non-sectoral thought leaders. The programme will be informed by opinion pieces about how philanthropy has evolved and future trends, collected by the EFC in the framework of its 30th anniversary, as well as a working paper along similar lines produced by the Center for Philanthropy Development of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.

“We’re excited to launch this new peer-exchange for philanthropy leaders from Russia and Europe,” says Gerry Salole, EFC Chief Executive. “Working with the Vladimir Potanin Foundation, a long-time EFC member, has been particularly rewarding. Based on the success of our Philanthropic Leadership Platform exchanges between China and Europe, and Latin America and Europe, I’m sure this new programme will be a success as well.”

The exchange will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect upon predictions and insights offered by philanthropic actors with diverse perspectives on the evolution of the field. In light of these assessments, the participants will explore and discuss which methods, tools, models and practices are more effective in creating change.

For more information on the programme and how to apply, contact Sevda Kilicalp (, EFC Thematic Networks Coordinator.

Press release: Körber-Stiftung to gift its share of Philanthropy House to the EFC

Brussels, 6 June 2019 – Körber-Stiftung has announced that it will gift its share of Philanthropy House to the EFC, as part of the commemorations of the EFC’s 30th anniversary. The historic gift supports the EFC’s role, both in the present and the future, of championing institutional philanthropy in Europe and helps safeguard the future of Europe’s philanthropy infrastructure.

The announcement was made by Klaus Wehmeier, Chairman of the Körber-Stiftung Advisory Board, during the EFC’s 30th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference in Paris, hosted by the Fondation de France and several other leading French philanthropic organisations. Körber-Stiftung will officially transfer their share to the EFC in November this year.

The six founders of the building – Fritt Ord Foundation, King Baudouin Foundation, Körber-Stiftung, Realdania, Stichting Fonds 1818, and the Van Leer Group Foundation – conceived Philanthropy House in 2009 to be a home for institutional philanthropy organisations in Europe. Philanthropy House opened in 2013 and today hosts the EFC and several other philanthropic support organisations.

“On behalf of the entire EFC, I am honoured and humbled by this fantastic and generous gift from Körber-Stiftung,” said Gerry Salole, EFC’s Chief Executive. “It reflects a deep trust and confidence in the EFC and our work, a manifestation of their faith in our ability to continue this going forward. We look forward to formally acknowledging and thanking Körber-Stiftung at our anniversary event in November.”

Sara Llewellin first woman to receive EFC Compass Prize
The conference also saw Sara Llewellin, the Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, being awarded the EFC Compass Prize which recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the European philanthropic sector. This is the fifth ever prize awarded since its launch ten years ago and Sara Llewellin is the first woman to receive this recognition.

Changes in EFC Governance
During the AGA, Sara Llewellin and Axelle Davezac, General Director of Fondation de France, were unanimously elected as the EFC’s new Vice Chair (replacing Klaus Wehmeier from Körber-Stiftung) and Member of the Management Committee respectively. The following organisations were elected to join the EFC’s Governing Council for a 3-year term (2019-2022) replacing those whose terms had ended:

2020 EFC annual conference theme announced
Franz Karl Prueller
of ERSTE Stiftung, next year’s Conference Host, announced the theme of the Conference as “Foundations and the new normal – How to innovate philanthropy?” which will take place in Vienna from 20-22 May 2020. Click here to see the trailer.

We use cookies in order improve your browsing experience on, not to collect personal information. By continuing to use the site, you agree that that is OK. You can read more about our privacy policy here.