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).


16 July Let’s play a new European tune by Barry Knight, Webb Memorial Trust

15 July Philanthropy for the Twenty-first Century by Pierre Calame, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le progrès de l’Homme

9 July A global strategy for a divided Europe: Philanthropy without borders by Massimo Lapucci, Fondazione CRT

1 July Fight climate change with your fork by Guido Barilla, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation

24 June Philanthropy is a guest at other people’s tables … but is it time to play musical chairs? by Dawn Austwick, The National Lottery Community Fund

17 June Solidarity through Diversity by Sara Llewellin, Barrow Cadbury Trust

11 June Challenges in managing MAVA’s final chapter by Lynda Mansson, Fondation MAVA 

6 June Towards listening and learning by Anna Talasniemi, Kone Foundation

5 June Beyond membership, impact change by Carola Carazzone, Assifero

4 June Capacity building – it’s in the EFC’s DNA by Göran Blomqvist, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

3 June Philanthropy – past, present and future by Moira Sinclair, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

29 May Championing collaboration in an era of isolation by Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

28 May 30 years, three remarks, and one fantastic gift by Klaus Wehmeier, Körber-Stiftung

28 May A time to go up a level (or change the game itself)? by Chris Harris, Friends of Fondation de France

27 May A call for a transatlantic retreat on the State of Philanthropy by Marjorie Craig Benton, Benton Foundation 

24 May We are the audience by Alexandra Guentzer, Jacobs Foundation 

23 May Reflection is important, projection is critical by Lisa Jordan, Aim for Social Change 

22 May Moving toward EFC 3.0 by Luc Tayart, King Baudouin Foundation

21 May The Collide-o-scope of Philanthropy: Old Patterns shifting to meet new Challenges by Avila Kilmurray, Van Gendt Philanthropy Services

20 May Philanthropy with a European purpose by Andre Wilkens, European Cultural Foundation 

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

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

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