Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe


2016, 2017, 2018 Brussels, Beijing

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What is the Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe?

Philanthropic organisations across the globe are grappling with the same fundamental questions around impact, effecting change, and understanding their role in taking on societal challenges. In the firm belief that learning from each other is key to tackling such questions, this intensive, ten-day leadership development programme brings together 20 mid- to senior-level philanthropic practitioners from China and Europe to enhance their leadership skills by sharing with each other their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns. The programme is funded by Stiftung Mercator and led by the EFC in partnership with the China Global Philanthropy Institute.

The programme challenges participants to think deeply about the following:

  • How to be a leader of transformation and not only a manager of turnaround
  • What it takes to transform approaches to solving problems
  • How to think outside the box and create alternative business models

This peer-led programme raises questions and contests alternatives through group and plenary interaction, and active exchange among high-level experts and leaders of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The programme revolves around the theme of social innovation, but is also aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise. The aim is for participants to go back to their home organisations and contexts with new perspectives, tools and insights that will make them better leaders, and in turn enhance the impact of their organisations.

To boost the sharing experience, each participant is paired up throughout the programme with one of their intercontinental peers.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Leadership – What it is, what is required and leadership styles
  • Tools leaders use to intervene and transform
  • Social innovation in policy and practice
  • How to evaluate impact
  • How to use the power of collaboration and levers of influence to develop capability to engage in social innovation
  • Using peer learning as a resource

Who is eligible?

This programme is open to those working for an EFC member organisation. We would encourage anyone who holds a managerial position to apply. Applicants should be fully committed to actively participating and engaging in the programme and respecting the confidentiality of other participants. The applicant’s organisation should fully support the applicant’s total participation for the duration of the programme. As the programme is conducted in English, the ability to work in English is essential.

When and where?

9-17 September in Brussels, Belgium.

The programme location alternates annually between Europe and China, with a new set of participants each year. Participants get the opportunity to visit locations within a two-hour travel range, as well as experience first-hand the work of philanthropy and NGOs locally. For a summary of the PLP in Brussels visit here.


Participants are responsible for covering the costs of travel to/from the programme location. All other costs associated with the programme will be covered by the organisers.


About the organisers

The programme is funded by Stiftung Mercator and led by the EFC in partnership with China Global Philanthropy Institute.

Stiftung Mercator, an EFC member, is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterised by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities.

The European Foundation Centre is an association of philanthropic organisations with members from across Europe and the globe.

China Global Philanthropy Institute is a joint initiative of five Chinese and American philanthropists and aims to help strengthen China’s charity sector and to encourage international cooperation.

More information

Please address any questions you may have to Roisin Kelly at the EFC.

The Philanthropic Leadership Platform: China-Europe is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to improving peer-learning and collaboration among its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022