Arts and Culture Thematic Network

This network brings together like-minded philanthropic representatives in a safe space to discuss, share, build knowledge, spot trends and collaborate on the various facets of arts and culture. Connections between this network and others at the EFC facilitate the combining of culture and arts with other thematic issues.

Focus areas

The role of philanthropy in promoting cultural exchange and arts is increasingly growing: Over the last years, national governments have cut cultural budgets which have made the role of philanthropy even more vital. However, the sector is very complex, and often single funders find it difficult to identify opportunities that could have a positive impact on society. Therefore the group aims to:

  • Provide a safe space for networking and peer-learning
  • Build capacity and enhance knowledge for philanthropic organisations working on or interested in arts and culture


  • Act as a contact point with key actors at European level, including EU institutions
  • Mapping philanthropic funding of arts and culture in Europe

Network background

Arts and culture are among the most funded areas by the members of the EFC. Following a request by several EFC members, a kick-off meeting was convened in Brussels in March 2017 for a new thematic network that would support interested members in grasping the complexities surrounding culture and the arts.

Relationship with the SDGs

Understanding European philanthropy, and how its work relates to the Sustainable Development Goals, is essential when it comes to finding ways of leveraging existing and potential areas of synergy.

The work of the EFC’s Thematic Networks cover the entire range of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (even if they don’t always refer to them explicitly), which are a key part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The work of the Arts and Culture Thematic Network touches upon the following SDGs:

The Arts and Culture Thematic Network is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to collaboration and peer-learning, as outlined in the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022.

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