European Venture Philanthropy Association

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About us

Who we are

EVPA is a membership association established in 2004 and made up of organisations interested in or practising venture philanthropy and social investment across Europe.

EVPA defines Venture Philanthropy as an approach to build stronger investee organisations with a societal purpose by providing them with both financial and non-financial 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 210 members from 29 countries, mainly based in Europe, but also outside Europe, such as United States, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Asia, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders.

Learn more about our members and how to join.

Vision

A world where philanthropy and investment combine to drive societal impact.

Mission To enable Venture Philanthropists and Social Investors to maximise societal impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise.

EVPA strategic objectives

-Co-create a well-functioning eco-system for societal impact

-Increase funding and expertise coming into the Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment space

-Increase effectiveness of Venture Philanthropists and Social Investors

Below you can find Chair of our vision group Madeleine Clarke and Chairman Pieter Oostlander presenting the new Vision and Mission in Madrid:

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