Insaan Group publish “A Code of Practice for Non-Profit Organizations”

Insaan Group publish “A Code of Practice for Non-Profit Organizations”

The Insaan Group, in collaboration with Philanthropy Age and the British Standards Institution (BSI) have published “A Code of Practice for Non-Profit Organizations” providing non-profit organisations with a range of good management practices to consider and implement.

The publication focuses on aspects of governance, transparency, communications, financial reporting and finding ways to measure impact, and also tries to help non-profits get away from the constant scrutiny of their overheads rather than their effectiveness. Its creation was managed by BSI, and was subjected to the rigours of an expert Steering Group and wider regulator, sector and public consultation.

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European Social Catalyst Fund application deadline extended

The deadline for applications to the European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) has been extended to 11 September due to the ongoing complications caused by COVID-19.

The fund seeks to support the development of detailed implementation plans to scale proven social innovations within and across European Member States and is envisaged to act as a catalyst to unlock public and private resources (e.g. philanthropy and social investment) to achieve improved outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live as participating and valued members of society.

An initiative between the DG for Research and Innovation and a consortium of Genio, the King Baudouin Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung, the fund was launched on 16 January 2020, at the opening of the exhibition ”Facing Change” in Philanthropy House.

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Press release: Angel Font appointment as new EFC Chair heralds new era of cohesion, cooperation and partnerships

Angel Font appointment as new EFC Chair heralds new era of cohesion, cooperation and partnerships

Brussels, 20 May 2020Angel Font, Corporate Director of Research and Strategy at “la Caixa” Foundation in Spain, has been elected the new Chair of the European Foundation Centre, a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe, during its 2020 Annual General Assembly which took place online earlier today.  Dr Font has been working in the philanthropic sector for almost 30 years with different organisations including Intermón Oxfam, Un sol món and “la Caixa” Foundation since 2010.  Dr Font succeeds Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT following his three-year term.  Dr Font will be supported by newly elected Vice Chair, Axelle Davezac (Fondation de France), and returning Treasurer, Christina Lambropoulou (Stavros Niarchos Foundation).

Having thanked Mr Lapucci and outgoing Chief Executive Gerry Salole, who will also step down this summer after 15 years of leading the EFC, Dr Font outlined his vision for the organisation’s future. Among its primary objectives will be to ensure a strong, unified voice advocating on behalf of the sector and boosting collaboration between philanthropy and policymakers in the European institutions.

The priority for the coming years will be to strive for a thriving philanthropic sector, with better recognition of philanthropy’s unique and important contribution to society, the removal of the current barriers which are hampering its impact, and an acknowledgement that philanthropic organisations are entitled to European funding.  Dr Font also stressed the importance of better cohesion both within and outside of the philanthropy sector; adding the ‘P’ of Philanthropy to the three Ps of Public-Private Partnerships, and enlarging the EFC membership as key goals for the EFC.

Underpinned by the EFC’s six-year Strategic Framework mandate, the European Foundation Centre has come of age as it passed its 30 year landmark in 2019, working closer with both other philanthropy infrastructure organisations and the European institutions to drive forward the case for a Single Market for Philanthropy. Dr Font will take the position at a crucial time when the sector is beginning the process of moving from collaboration to cohesion, faced with a multitude of complex challenges.

We are currently trying to mitigate the terrible effects, both immediate and longer term, of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we also face the significant threats of rising inequality, global health and the climate emergency. These threats affect us all and therefore it is to all of us that we must look for solutions. It is critical that philanthropy is fit for purpose to enable us to play our role in solving these challenges.” – Angel Font

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EFC Governance changes 2020

At the EFC’s 31st Annual General Assembly, held online for the first time ever on 20 May, 2020, several changes and amendments to the EFC’s governance structure were voted upon, ratified and implemented.

Governing Council

The following eleven organisations stepped down from the Governing Council following the end of their terms:

The following EFC members were selected this year to join the Governing Council for the term 2020-2023:

Management Committee

Nomination Committee

Candan Fetvaci, Aydin Dogan Foundation, stepped down with the end of her term.
The mandate of the Chair Andrea Silvestri, Fondazione CRC was renewed for one more year until the 2021 AGA.

Find out more on the Governance of the EFC.


EFC publishes 2019 Annual Review and Financial Statement

The EFC has just published its Annual Review and Financial Statement of 2019 following approval at the Annual General Assembly which took place online on 20 May.

The Review contains new sections on our Thematic Networks and the SDGs, a closer look at how our Institutional Philanthropy Spectrum was used to analyse our members’ practices and behaviours, as well as an overview of the wide variety of activities and events which the EFC organised or took part in throughout the year. It also contains final thoughts and forward looking opinion pieces by both Massimo Lapucci and Gerry Salole as outgoing Chair and Chief Executive respectively.

The review was produced in difficult circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, which has also resulted in it being shared with you electronically in lieu of the usual hard copy.  Members wishing to receive a hard copy are invited to contact Francesco Ballone, but please note that printing will take place once the lockdown has been lifted and we have returned to Philanthropy House.

Discover the Annual Review and Financial Statement 2019

Vladimir Potanin Foundation publish “Future of Philanthropy: the Key Trends – Meta-analysis of Forecasts”

The Vladimir Potanin Foundation has published a new publication “Future of Philanthropy: the Key Trends – Meta-analysis of Forecasts” examining key trends in global philanthropy.

The strategic goal of the publication is to identify optimal ways of philanthropy transformation and provide NGOs with adequate information in their transition to the new, post-crisis development. To do so it seeks to provide an analysis of the factors, contexts and principles influencing philanthropy of the future, as well as the cause-and-effect links between them. A better understanding of sector-wide and worldwide transformation processes would enable philanthropic organisations to use a more informed approach to strategic target setting.

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EFC Gender Equality Thematic Network stands with LGBTQI communities all over the world on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May), the EFC Gender Equality Thematic Network is raising awareness of the need to defend and advance the rights of the LGBTQI community. This International Day is an appropriate moment to reaffirm that LGBTQI rights are human rights, and that too often people all over the world are seeing these rights denied and their freedoms restricted because of their sexual orientation.

This is even more evident in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, where the LGBTQI community are being affected in diverse ways, from being forced to quarantine in homes where their sexuality is not accepted – causing huge psychological distress – to suffering from discrimination which has been on the increase since the beginning of the pandemic.

As a network of foundations focusing on gender equality we work to make sure that such discriminations will no longer take place, to empower LGBTQI communities, and to ensure that their voices are heard.


About the Gender Equality Network

The network aims to facilitate mutual learning and a better understanding of gender, and to promote the use of a gender lens throughout the work of foundations.

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Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment publishes “The State of African Philanthropy”

The 21st century will culminate in a unique convergence of opportunities and challenges on the African continent. The continent’s population will reach an estimated four billion people by 2100, by which point the majority of Africans will live in the cities. Wealth will continue to flourish.

Despite decreased commodity prices, sub-Saharan Africa’s overall gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 3% in 2016, which is twice the rate of the United States (US). Meanwhile, the World Wealth Report 2018 estimated that the size of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) in Africa reached 167,970 with a combined wealth of US$1, 7 trillion. The size of the African HNWI population increased by 6.9% compared to 2, 1% growth in the Middle East and 9.9% in Europe.

Moreover, HNWI wealth increased by 10,3% in Africa compared to 2,9% in the Middle East, 7,8% in Europe, 8,8% in Latin America and 10.3% in North America. This growth trend, which Africa has seen since 2008, makes for interesting reading and has wide implications for philanthropy. This report, published by CAPSI, has been produced following their 2019 conference which took place from 16-17 May.

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The Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) was established to bridge the gap in the study, research and practice of philanthropy and social investment in Africa.


Julia Gillard announced as next Chair of Wellcome Trust

Julia Gillard has been announced as the next Chair of Wellcome Trust succeeding Eliza Manningham-Buller, who will step down in April 2021.

Julia Gillard, the former Prime Minister of Australia from 2007-2013, who oversaw the successful management of Australia’s economy following the global financial crisis “will support Wellcome’s growing ambition to address through science the health challenges facing the world” stated outgoing Chair, Eliza Manningham-Buller.

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EUStaff4Climate launch COVID-19 solidarity fund with King Baudouin Foundation

EUStaff4Climate, in cooperation with EFC member King Baudouin Foundation, have created a fund for EU staff to support the response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The solidarity fund will seek to address the immediate needs of civil protection agencies, hospitals, health organisations and NGOs that are part of the emergency response to COVID-19. EUstaff4Climate has proposed to their colleagues across the EU institutions to donate at least 2% of their monthly salaries to help support both the emergency and the recovery phase.

The partnership with King Baudouin Foundation, and through them, Transnational Giving Europe, will help the fund to identify the most urgent needs in different countries and ensure a coordinated response.

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