A truly pan-European initiative, Philanthropy House was first conceived in 2009 by six European Foundation Centre members – leading foundations from across the continent – who agreed on the need for a stronger presence for the sector in Brussels. The House opened on 13 November 2013.

With six current tenants, including the EFC, the building now houses an eclectic mix of organisations and memberships under one roof. This isn’t just an exciting experiment, it also sends an important message out about solidarity and collaboration at a point in its history when Europe needs shining examples in these areas.

Philanthropy House is:


A place to discover

Philanthropy House will help you to understand and recognise the work of the European philanthropic sector; up until now a largely invisible force despite its wide-ranging impact on people’s lives.




A place to engage

Philanthropy House is your entry point into the exciting world of foundations’ work. A hub of innovative debates, exhibitions, conferences and documentary screenings, Philanthropy House will show you what foundations do, how they intersect your daily life and why the work they undertake is so important.






A place to learn

An initiative of the European Foundation Centre, Philanthropy House is home to several other philanthropic support organisations… as such it is also a repository of knowledge, expertise and resources on the sector.




We believe that together we are stronger, and as such, it is crucial for the strength of the sector as a whole that EFC members, staff, and partners pull together in the same direction. Philanthropy House, first conceived in 2009 by six EFC members and home to a diverse array of philanthropic organisations, is the embodiment of this belief.