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:
- Have their own financial resources which they deploy strategically
- Are independently governed
- Use private resources for public good