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 have difficulties to identify opportunities that could have a positive impact on society.

In a safe-space, like-minded philanthropic representatives have the opportunity to discuss, share and build knowledge on the topics around arts and culture. The members of the Thematic Network will be given the possibility to identify together new trends, talk about their experiences and new projects, and find new ways of collaboration.

Furthermore the EFC will give members the opportunity to arrange joint-meetings with other existing thematic networks of the EFC. This will help to better understand how to combine culture and arts with other thematic issues.

Focus areas

  • Provide a safe space for networking and peer-learning
  • Build capacity and enhance knowledge through peer learning for philanthropic organisations working on / interested in arts and culture
  • Act as a contact point with key actors at European level, including EU institutions
  • Engage with European level initiatives (including EU policies and programmes) in the fields of arts and culture

Steering Committee

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (Co-chair)

"la Caixa" Banking Foundation (Co-chair)

Bikuben Foundation

Compagnia di San Paolo

European Cultural Foundation

Fondazione Cariplo

Fondazione CRT

Fondation de France

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Fundación Princesa de Asturias


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 on 9-10 March 2017 for a new thematic network that will support interested members to grasp the complexities surrounding culture and arts.


The Arts and Culture Thematic Network is part of the EFC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing collaboration and connecting its members. For more information on the EFC’s seven key priorities, please download the EFC Strategic Framework 2016-2022