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 is featuring 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.



A special event celebrating 30 years of the EFC will take place from 6-7 November at Brussels’ cultural and artistic hub, BOZAR, just a few minutes’ walk from Philanthropy House.

This invitation-only event will be the pinnacle of the 30th birthday celebrations which have taken place throughout 2019, and will specifically draw on content from the specially commissioned blog series of posts from some of the most influential thought-leaders on philanthropy. Rather than a nostalgic meander through the EFC’s history, the blog posts (see below) have given priceless insights into what the EFC and the philanthropy sector must do (better) along the road that lies ahead. We are proud of our past, but even more excited about our future!

The two-day event will mark the EFC’s 30-year existence, but the emphasis is on looking forwards rather than backwards. It represents a chance to discuss with peers in the sector, and other thought leaders on philanthropy, the topics that matter now, for the next 30 years, and beyond.

If you have any questions regarding the 30th, please contact the EFC at events@efc.be



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

15 October 30 years of the EFC by Lourdes Marquez de la Calleja, Fundación ONCE

14 October From pioneering to building for lasting impact: 25 years of MAVA grantmaking by Lynda Mansson, Fondation MAVA

7 October A new role for the EFC by Marika Hedin, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

17 September An unorthodox meeting becomes a 30-year partnership by Shannon Lawder, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

16 September Why are we doing this? How foundations are thinking differently about their missions by Anthony Tomei, The Bell Foundation

10 September A philanthropic coalition for climate emergency and social justice by Marie-Stéphane Maradeix, Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso 

5 September Cooperation beyond borders by Michael Göring, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

3 September The path forward for philanthropy − Harnessing the powerful voices of the young by Michael Mapstone, Charities Aid Foundation

29 August The right time to do right is always right now by Truus Huisman, IKEA Foundation

28 August How not to lose trust and miss a window of opportunity by Rupert Strachwitz, Maecenata Foundation

23 August Freedom – the Baltic way by Ieva Morica, Foundation for an Open Society DOTS 

19 August What philanthropy can no longer take for granted by Goran Buldioski and Yael Ohana, Open Society Foundations

31 July The European foundation sector has come a long way by Vinit Rishi, Oak Foundation

29 July Wake up, philanthropy! by Aart de Geus, Bertelsmann Stiftung 

24 July The writing is on the wall by Gerry Salole, European Foundation Centre

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

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 de Borms, King Baudouin Foundation

21 May The Collide-o-scope of Philanthropy: Old Patterns shifting to meet new Challenges by Avila Kilmurray, The Social Change Initiative 

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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