Inga Wachsmann | Former EFSAF Chair ,

The fruits of funder cooperation: learnings from the EFC’s European Foundations for Sustainable Agriculture and Food (EFSAF) network

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

EFSAF is an EFC network of European foundations who cooperate at European level to empower civil society engaged in shifting European agricultural and food policies towards more sustainability.

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Andrew McCracken | Chief Executive , Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Now is the perfect time for a Citizens’ Assembly

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Andrew McCracken, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, believes that with the NI Assembly in suspension for the foreseeable future, a Citizens’ Assembly has provided the perfect vehicle to give NI citizens a voice.

Kalle Korhonen | Director of Research Funding , Kone Foundation

Human-animal relations increase collaboration between humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences

Friday, 11 January 2019

Kone Foundation, based In Helsinki, Finland, funds research in humanities, social sciences, environmental sciences, as well as artistic research, but since we appreciate crossdisciplinarity, we consider it important to fund projects which combine approaches from these fields. This is what our thematic funding call in 2018, entitled Our Vital Neighbours, was about.

Candan Fetvacı | Director and Member of the Board , Aydın Doğan Foundation

“Empowered girls, empowered futures” – It is not a dream!

Friday, 19 October 2018

At the Aydın Dogan Foundation we have been working on the education and empowerment of girls for more than 15 years now. The UN’s declaration of October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child in 2012 has given us a new opportunity to bring into focus the importance of girls’ education and empowerment.  

Jules Kortenhorst | CEO , Rocky Mountain Institute

Climate change is an ‘everything’ problem – philanthropists can make it an ‘everyone’ solution

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ten years ago, Europe’s first philanthropic organisation devoted solely to cutting planet-warming emissions sprouted from the soil of my native Netherlands. Its successful growth in the years that followed has helped to define our times.

Diane Samuels | Human Resources Director , Ford Foundation

What does a mission-driven HR department look like?

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

At the Ford Foundation, we believe it’s important to model the kind of change we hope to see in the world. And so our efforts to disrupt inequality must start in our own organization. Our human resources department plays an important role in making sure that in every area—from grant making to administration, operations to the leadership level—the foundation is staffed by people who bring a diverse array of talents and experiences to their roles.

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