Who we are
Since our launch in 2004, we have been building a community of organisations interested in or practising venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) across Europe.
EVPA defines venture philanthropy as an approach to building stronger investee organisations with a societal purpose, by providing them with both financial and non-financial support.
Venture philanthropy’s ultimate objective is to achieve societal impact. VP does this through both social investment and high-engagement grantmaking.
EVPA is a broad and diverse community. Our membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grantmaking foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.
EVPA’s community continues to grow, with an increase in membership of over 50% in the past five years alone. Currently, we have more than 210 members from 29 countries, mainly in Europe, but also in the United States, the Middle East and Asia.
EVPA strategic objectives
1. Increase funding and expertise coming into the Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment space.
EVPA looks to stimulate domestic and foreign capital flows into the sector; EVPA builds the sector in countries where the method is less known; EVPA helps grow the sector in more established markets.
2. Increase the effectiveness of Venture Philanthropists and Social Investors.
EVPA’s Knowledge Centre is a hub for knowledge-building on VP/SI in Europe. It conducts research, collects stores and develops frameworks, definitions and standards for best practice and impact assessment.
EVPA is focused on offering support, events and experiences to advance the professionalisation of the sector, all shaped around our members’ needs.
3. Co-create a well-functioning ecosystem for societal impact.
EVPA's Knowledge Center has been gathering data the sector since 2010, mapping who is active in our ecosystem and attracting a growing interest in the sector.
EVPA works together with other sector players, such as networks and European policy makers, to co-create the conditions in which venture philanthropy organisations and social purpose organisations can thrive.
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