Representing the philanthropy sector

We use our seats on policymaking and consultative bodies to advocate for a favourable operating environment for philanthropy. From 2019, this work is being carried out under the new joint DAFNE-EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative.

Member EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) Liaison Group

In addition to our issue-based policy work on behalf of the sector through our seat on the EESC Liaison Group, we also represent EFC members and the wider philanthropy sector on this body regarding the operating environment for philanthropy. Recently, through the EFC’s seat:

  • Philanthropy was included and recognised in the Liaison Group’s action plan on Article 11 of the EU Treaty, which deals with how the EU interacts with civil society. The action plan also called for an enabling playing field for philanthropy (2018). All of this means that philanthropy will be recognised in its own right, opening up the way for the sector’s unique requirements and characteristics to be taken into account.
  • Tax incentives were suggested in the EESC’s own opinion on Financing of Civil Society Organisations by the EU, adopted in (2017).

EESC Liaison Group

Member EC Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

The EFC was selected to be in this group of experts on social economy and social enterprises, set up by the Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (“DG GROW”) in 2018.

The group provides a forum for coordination, synergies and exchange of information between Commission departments and social economy experts to overcome the main challenges and obstacles relating to the development of social economy and social enterprises. The group also gives input into future directions for EU investment.

EC Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

Engaging with EU agencies and DGs

We regularly engage with EU agencies and directorates general of the European Commission to advocate for a favourable operating environment for philanthropy. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency is one example, along with DG ECFIN, DG Employment, DG Grow, DG Justice, DG Research and others.

Founding Member and Board Member Social Economy Europe

Social Economy Europe (SEE) is the EU-level representative organisation for the social economy, which includes the range of social economy organisations, from cooperatives to mutual insurers to social enterprises to associations to philanthropy. The EFC co-founded the organisation in 2000 under the name CEP-CMAF. In 2008 the name changed to Social Economy Europe.

Social Economy Europe


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