Brussels, 3 February 2016 – Taking place during the Netherlands’ Presidency of the EU, the European Foundation Centre’s 27th Annual General Assembly and Conference will convene more than 750 philanthropic leaders and representatives from INGOs, academia and policymakers in Amsterdam in May. The conference will engage a diverse array of philanthropic actors to find solutions to the most urgent issues within Europe and around the world. In particular, delegates will get to grips with how inequality is in many ways the key challenge when ‘imagining our futures’ and how it undermines our responses to the other global challenges we face. Keynote speakers include Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Chair of the European Cultural Foundation and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission.

To successfully tackle global challenges, institutional philanthropy needs to work in conjunction with other stakeholders from civil society, government and the corporate world as well as emerging players on the scene such as participatory society, social entrepreneurship and the sharing economy. In the iconic setting of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, representatives from these sectors will be inspired by visionary thinkers and high-profile speakers to explore diverse topics from migration to climate change within the all-embracing conference theme of intergenerational dialogue, solidarity and social justice.

Imagining and planning are vital prerequisites for achieving a better future, but they also mean understanding and tackling the problems that we already face in the present.” said Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre. “Specifically, we need to focus on how inequality is pathogenic to healthy societies, adversely affecting our responses to all global challenges.

As well as the opportunity to hear and learn from a diverse array of visionaries, experts and practitioners, the conference provides delegates with the chance to experience philanthropy first hand through guided site visits to local projects and evening networking events.