2017 Warsaw

2017 EFC AGA and Conference

“Courage to re-embrace solidarity in Europe –
Can philanthropy take the lead?”

31 May-2 June 2017, Warsaw



 Warsaw – putting solidarity in context

The EFC’s 28th Annual General Assembly and Conference took place in Warsaw from 31 May to 2 June 2017, attracting more than 600 philanthropic leaders to find the courage needed to re-embrace solidarity and how philanthropy can take the lead. Three plenary sessions addressed:

  • How Polish solidarity both past and present has been and continues to be crucial in strengthening fundamental values in politics and policies.
  • What shifts in attitude and ways of working need to happen for philanthropy to engage in closer collaboration with our many partners to foster truly tangible solidarity.
  • How philanthropy’s contribution to solidarity around the world is best summed up as building bridges, not walls.

The conference is over but the work is not, and I hope of all us will  leave Warsaw reassured that we have to keep finding the courage for solidarity in the days to come. Old challenges remain, new challenges will emerge, but one thing is certain – they won’t be overcome if we do not stick  together.  Keep up the conversation on hashtag #Courage4Solidarity! – Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, Executive Director of the Stefan Batory Foundation and Conference Chair



The EFC Warsaw Declaration: Philanthropic Alliance for Solidarity and Democracy in Europe

Massimo Lapucci (Fondazione CRT) elected new chair of the European Foundation Centre


Alliance magazine’s team of bloggers covered each thematic aspect of the conference

Alliance magazine podcast

During the conference we were trending on Twitter in Poland – the conversation continues via #Courage4Solidarity

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