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.


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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.

Rien van Gendt | Vice President , European Cultural Foundation

Can foundations contribute to social cohesion in Europe?

Monday, 9 July 2018

I want to explore with you how foundations can contribute to the European agenda of democracy, diversity and social cohesion. What is the unique role that foundations can play in this context, do they actually play that role and what are the bottlenecks they have to face.

Bharat Mehta | Chief Executive Officer , Trust for London

Helping amplify your work on diversity

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Writing about being a model or an exemplar is tricky. Neither the Trust as an organisation, nor I as its Chief Executive, are models. We are more straw effigies that are flawed and can be easily knocked down. That is not being falsely modest. I am proud of what we have achieved at the Trust in relation to diversity and moving the issue up the organisational agenda, be that in governance, management or operations; but we have much to learn and implement. It is a bit like getting older – the more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know!

Sam Alvis | Policy Officer , Wellcome Trust

Building a strong future for European science: Brexit and beyond

Monday, 11 June 2018

Decades of cooperation have made Europe a great place for research. But as science and politics change, we need to adapt to keep up. Europe must work together to secure our global scientific leadership. As Wellcome heard at our summit of European research leaders recently “research is the only way to maintain our standard of living”.

Massimo Lapucci | Secretary General , Fondazione CRT

Working our way towards a Single Market for Philanthropy

Friday, 25 May 2018

Growing nationalism and deepening populist sentiment across Europe make it all the more urgent to bolster our shared European values. Civil society, which includes philanthropy, is essential in this. But if civil society remains legally hemmed in by national borders, then it cannot work and interact on a level playing field with other sectors of European society. A Single Market for Philanthropy would ensure that the sector can realise its potential as a full partner in the vibrant, innovative and democratic European society that so many of us have long worked towards.

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