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.


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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.

Tina Walsweer | Editor , Volkswagen Stiftung

Give Chance a Chance – a Lottery Decides Which Daring Research Ideas Receive Funding

Friday, 18 May 2018

When deciding on the eligibility of project applications, strict formal and technical specifications play a role, and the projects are also subjected to careful examination by experts. However, it is sometimes difficult for exceptionally creative research projects to survive this selection process because their full potential is not always perceived. In order to give such hidden pearls an equal chance, the Volkswagen Foundation is taking a new path.

Laura Señán Cagiao | Coordinator of Strategic Alliances , Fundación Avina

The role of foundations in the implementation of the World Urban Forum’s New Urban Agenda

Monday, 16 April 2018

When it comes to urban development, there is a clear proponent in the ranks: Latin America, which continues to be the most urbanised region in the world. Although this is a unique opportunity for sustainable development, it is at the same time a massive challenge, especially taking into account the huge inequality problem across the region.