European Foundation Financial and Investment Officers Group

This group of senior financial and investment officers of large independent European foundations aims to advance the knowledge on the investment environment and practice of foundations across Europe and further the professionalism of its members. 

Focus areas

  • Investment governance
  • Endowment asset management
  • Financial market trends
  • Global economic outlook


  • Two meetings per year
  • Annual members’ survey on investment policies and practice
  • Issue-specific surveys on key aspects of foundation investments (e.g. investment governance, spending policy)
  • Building an information base on foundation investments
  • Ongoing exchange with the US-based Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), including a joint conference every five years

Network background

The idea of creating a platform for European foundation financial officers to address specific European investment issues was tabled by members of the EFC, with the Van Leer Group Foundation leading the process towards the establishment of EFFIO in 2002. EFFIO currently has 27 Members from 11 countries with a collective asset base of approximately €100 billion.


The European Foundation Financial and Investment Officers Group (EFFIO) is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members, as outlined in the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022.

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