European Venture Philanthropy Association

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About us

Who we are

EVPA is a membership association made up of organisations interested in or practicing venture philanthropy and social investment across Europe. Established in 2004, the association aims to be the home as well as the highest-value catalytic network of European social investors, venture philanthropists and foundations committed to using venture philanthropy and social investment tools to target societal impact.

EVPA defines Venture Philanthropy as an approach to build stronger investee organisations with a societal purpose by providing them with both financial and nonfinancial support in order to increase their societal impact. The venture philanthropy approach includes the use of the entire spectrum of financing instruments (grants, equity, debt, etc.) and pays particular attention to the ultimate objective of achieving societal impact. The approach includes both social investment and high engagement grant making.

The association’s membership covers the full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities and includes venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms and professional service firms, philanthropy advisors, banks and business schools. EVPA members work together across sectors in order to promote and shape the future of venture philanthropy and social investment in Europe and beyond.

Currently the association has over 170 members from 25 countries, mainly based in Europe, but also outside Europe, such as Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Asia, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders.

EVPA envisions a European philanthropic and social investment market that enables efficient funding of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) at all stages of their development, where venture philanthropy and social investment complement and strengthen other forms of funding.

Learn more about our members and how to join.

Vision EVPA envisions a European philanthropic and social investment market that enables efficient funding of Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs) at all stages of their development, where venture philanthropy and social investment complement and strengthen other forms of funding. 
Mission EVPA’s mission is to be the natural home as well as the highest-value catalytic network of European social investors, venture philanthropists and foundations.

 

What we do

EVPA is committed to support its members in their work by providing networking opportunities and facilitate learning. Furthermore, we aim to strengthen our role as thought leader in order to build a deeper understanding of the sector, foster the appropriate use of venture philanthropy and social investment and promote guidelines.

What we do

 

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