30 Years of the EFC


Founded on the 9th of November 1989, the European Foundation Centre was the result of 7 philanthropic organisations (Charities Aid Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Fondation de France, Fundação Oriente, King Baudouin Foundation, Oranje Fonds, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) who came together to develop the support infrastructure for philanthropy in Europe.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of this decision and as such will feature a variety of events, projects and celebrations to mark the 30 Years of the EFC.

These include a specially commissioned blog series with posts from some of the most influential thought-leaders on philanthropy discussing the EFC’s past, present and future, and a dedicated anniversary event in the autumn (see below).


17 May From challenge to change to catalyst… via collaboration by Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna, Fundación ONCE

16 May What has (and hasn’t) changed in the EFC and the sector in the past 30 years? by Jesper Nygård, Realdania

15 May Making Innovation become Social Change: A role – and a new profile – for Foundations in the next few years by Andrea Silvestri, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo

14 May Back to the future: Questions for foundations by Carol Mack, Association of Charitable Foundations

13 May EFC: indispensable partner in the eco-system of philanthropy by Rien van Gendt, European Cultural Foundation

13 May Philanthropy: Creating impact in a constantly changing, interconnected world by Christina Lambropoulou, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

See all 30th anniversary blogs


The landmark occasion for the celebrations is an event on the 6-7 November, in Bozar, Brussels.

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