May 24, 2018

DAFNE, EFC and EVPA to explore solutions with policymakers to grow the space for philanthropy across Europe

The philanthropy sector and policymakers will gather on 28 May in Brussels for the first-ever “Philanthropy Scrum”, a high-level exchange focusing on identifying the challenges for philanthropy across Europe and co-creating solutions for a single market for philanthropy. The event is organised by Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE), The European Foundation Centre (EFC) and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).

Philanthropy Scrum Final

Brussels, 24 May 2018

The European philanthropy sector contributes €60 billion annually within civil society. While commercial entities can operate across all EU Member States in a single market, philanthropy organisations face significant barriers if they go beyond their state’s borders (DAFNE Survey 2016). The lack of cohesion resulting from the fact that there is no real single market for philanthropy in Europe is a major stumbling block, which leads to an estimated annual loss for civil society of €100 million (2018 DAFNE/EFC study “Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy”). The Philanthropy Scrum aims to explore possible solutions to these challenges.

The event will also be hosting many distinguished speakers including Filipe Almeida, President of the Board Portugal Inovação Social; Luc Tayart de Borms, Managing Director King Baudouin Foundation; Madeleine Clarke, Founding Director of Genio and EVPA Chair; Massimo Lapucci, EFC Chair and Secretary General of Fondazione CRT; Malcolm Hayday, CEO Charity Bank Limited; Jane Newman, International Director of Social Finance UK and EVPA Board Member; Felix Oldenburg, General Secretary of Associaton of German Foundations and DAFNE Chair; Eva Sobotka, Head of Sector Cooperation and Consultation Fundamental Rights Promotion Department, The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights; Paul Nemitz, Principle Adviser at DG Justice, European Commission; Carlos Trias, Vice-President Group III, European Economic and Social Committee; and Rien van Gendt, Van Gendt Philanthropy Services.

Felix Oldenburg, DAFNE Chair: “There is a single market for goods and services in the EU, yet donations and civic engagement far too often stop at national borders as they continuously face major cross-border restrictions. This prevents the multibillion euro European foundation sector from unfolding its full potential to contribute to the public good.“

Massimo Lapucci, EFC Chair: “It is time for a single market ‘without borders’ for philanthropy, to help the sector to do what it does best: improve the quality of people’s daily lives, generate positive impact and momentum, and promote more active citizenship with common good at its core. This is the way to bring citizens closer to the institutions and enable philanthropy to be the strongest possible social ‘glue’ supporting the principles of democracy, equality, freedom and pluralism”.

Madeleine Clarke, EVPA Chair: “Sustainable change is not an isolated action. It requires an understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in creating impact. “Philanthropy Scrum” is the first step by DAFNE, EFC, and EVPA to bring together a variety of actors that can achieve what no organisation can secure alone and build solutions across Europe to better finance impact.”

The event will feature 12 world café sessions, each covering the most prominent topics of philanthropy such as: cross-border philanthropic activity; EU spectrum for action to support philanthropic and wider civil society space; VAT reform and impact on the sector; matching philanthropic investments with EU financial tools; role of foundations in impact investing, and EU funding instruments to develop the social investment ecosystem.

Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE)

DAFNE is Europe’s largest network of donors and foundations associations. With 26 member associations with a collective membership of more than 10,000 foundations and grant-makers, DAFNE is a leading voice of European foundations. It underpins individual activities of its members by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between the national associations. DAFNE is currently chaired by Felix Oldenburg, General Secretary of the Association of German Foundations.  

The European Foundation Centre (EFC)

The European Foundation Centre (EFC) is the platform of institutional philanthropy with a focus on Europe, but also with an eye to the global philanthropic landscape. It is a network of foundations and philanthropic institutions committed to the development and promotion of institutional philanthropy in Europe and globally. With the aim of being the voice of institutional philanthropy in Europe, the EFC promotes and communicates the value of institutional philanthropy to society thus contributing to an environment in which philanthropy can flourish. It serves as a hub of sector exchange and intelligence, to help its members increase the impact of their added value in society.

European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively network of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive social impact through venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI). Its mission is to enable VP/SI organisations to maximise social impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise. Currently, EVPA has over 250 members, mainly based in Europe, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders. Its membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

Philanthropy Scrum takes place on 28 May 2018, 10:30-17:00, in the Square Brussels Meeting Centre (Rue Mont des Arts, Brussels, 1000, Belgium). If you are interested in attending the event, please get in touch:

Martin Speer, Communications Manager DAFNE  

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