Representing the broad diversity of philanthropy in Europe, EFC members:

  • Carry out their philanthropy in many ways, from traditional grantmaking to running their own programmes to venture philanthropy and other new forms of social investment
  • Range in size from small family foundations to some of the world’s largest philanthropies
  • Work in a wide array of fields − health, education, research, migration, disabilities, environment, arts &culture, sustainability, and many more
  • Are based in countries across Europe, with many from other world regions as well
  • Are active in every corner of the globe

This diversity is the hallmark of the EFC, giving us a unique understanding of institutional philanthropy in Europe.

What is institutional philanthropy?

Institutional philanthropy refers to foundations, corporate funders and other players that:

  1. Have their own financial resources which they deploy strategically
  2. Are independently governed
  3. Use private resources for public good
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