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News and Updates from Philanthropy Advocacy

01 December 2021

Will EU actions deliver for cross-border philanthropy?

It seems that policy makers are hearing our sector’s concerns about the need to overcome barriers to cross-border philanthropy, both at the level of the European Commission and at the level of the European Parliament. There is an increasing acknowledgement of philanthropy and philanthropic organisations as key actors in moving several EU policy agendas forward for the public good and a willingness to reduce existing barriers. Philanthropy Advocacy is analysing ways forward – we will only know in a couple of weeks’ time if the new EU action will deliver for philanthropy – stay tuned!
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30 November 2021

Civil society perspectives on the European Rule of Law Mechanism

The European Economic and Social Committee organised on Thursday, 4 November a conference on the developments in the EU in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law in 2020-2021. The conferen...
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30 November 2021

Civil Society Organisations including philanthropy call for an EU Civil Society Strategy

At a conference, organised by the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in partnership with Civil Society Europe and with the support of the EESC's Liaison G...
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Legal environment for philanthropy in Europe

Here you can find profiles of 40 European countries that provide the latest data on trends and developments across Europe (2020).

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European Philanthropy Manifesto

“The European Philanthropy Manifesto” is a call to politicians in Europe to work towards a Single Market for Philanthropy.

Please find a copy of the European Philanthropy Manifesto here
(different language versions available).

Join us in supporting these key recommendations:

1

RECOGNISE philanthropy and ENGAGE WITH IT

2

FACILITATE cross-border philanthropy

3

ENABLE AND PROTECT philanthropy

4

CO-GRANT AND CO-INVEST for public good and civil SOCIETY

We invite you to sign up to the Philanthropy Manifesto by sending an email to manifesto@philanthropyadvocacy.eu including the name of your organisation, the weblink to your organisation, the country you are registered in and the name and email address of a contact person.

 

Organisations who signed up to the Manifesto:

Position Papers, Studies and Reports

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2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” – Most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulations of foundations in Europe
01 October 2021

2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” – Most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulations of foundations in Europe

Research commissioned by Dafne and EFC underscores need for a single market for philanthropy and the public good. The 2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” provides a broad, comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments of foundations – across 40 countries – as well as identifies relevant trends and developments. The report looks into how philanthropy in Europe is regulated from a comparative perspective, what legal requirements exist to establish a foundation, whether foundations can pursue only public-benefit or also private purposes, what governance requirements are set out, what forms of tax incentives exist to encourage philanthropic organisations and giving and how this differs across the continent or what impact anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism legislation has on the European philanthropy sector.
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Comparative Highlights Factsheet
30 September 2021

Comparative Highlights Factsheet

Download this Comparative Highlights Factsheet for your own events - a two-pager with a QR code and the main takeaways from our new publication that can be easily printed or shared online.
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European Philanthropy Single Market – Download the Infographic
27 September 2021

European Philanthropy Single Market – Download the Infographic

We are calling on European policymakers to work towards a Single Market for Philanthropy and Public Good so that resources can be directed towards good causes instead of red tape
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Please find herewith additional links to relevant reports and studies:

Single Market for Philanthropy

While it is easy for goods and services to move freely around Europe, it is still difficult for donors, foundations and committed citizens to act philanthropically across borders. The time is ripe for a European Single Market for Philanthropy.

147,000

Philanthropic Organisations in Europe

60

Billion Euro
Annual Giving

The call for a Single Market for Philanthropy includes a better recognition of philanthropy in the legal acts of the EU as well as at national level, supports cross-border philanthropy across the EU, and decreases today’s barriers for philanthropy in order to leverage the impact of donors’ and foundations’ spending of private resources for public good.

Institutional philanthropy in Europe includes more than 147,000 philanthropic organisations with an accumulated annual giving of nearly 60 billion euros. Besides funding and investments, these organisations combine an outstanding set of expertise, deep knowledge and excellent stakeholder networks in the areas of their activities that can be leveraged significantly with the appropriate framework conditions.

Why philanthropy?

Philanthropy and philanthropic organisations are a critical part of our democratic and pluralistic societies. More and more citizens want to do good, they want to help address societal issues, express themselves, and connect and collaborate with others who share their ideals. Ideals that often stem from indignation about injustice, from care for the most vulnerable, from passion to stimulate new trends and ideas, and from a sense of responsibility for preserving valuable nature and culture.

Motivated by these ideals, many individuals and philanthropic organisations support endeavours from which we all benefit, such as education, health, science, international development, environment, culture and fighting poverty. Philanthropy’s contribution to society is therefore unique.

This must be cherished, stimulated and rewarded persistently. Recognition by politicians and by governments is crucial. Especially now, when citizenship, participation and caring for each other are more important than ever in light of the serious challenges to these democratic ideals in some parts of Europe. Philanthropy, alongside the wider civil society, plays a key role in defending and promoting the values enshrined in Article 2 of the EU Treaty, which include respect for human dignity, human rights and the rule of law.

Who we are

The Dafne and EFC joint advocacy project “Philanthropy Advocacy” acts as a monitoring, legal analysis and policy engagement hub for European philanthropy. Its main objective is to shape the national, European and international legislative environment by implementing the European advocacy roadmap for a Single Market for Philanthropy.

Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (Dafne)

Dafne brings together 30 national associations across Europe, representing over 10.000 public-benefit foundations, big and small, who want to make a difference to society. We lead, strengthen and build the field for the common good in Europe. We believe that an independent and courageous philanthropic sector can be a catalyst for a just and equitable society, where all can participate and prosper and have a voice, from the most marginalised to the most privileged. Philanthropy is vital for a resilient, inclusive and sustainable Europe.

Dafne is involved in four key areas: advocacy, peer exchange, communications and research that are needs-based and future-oriented. Our story began 15 years ago – out of the desire to connect and facilitate exchange in the growing field of European philanthropy. We developed from an informal peer exchange organisation to a leading voice of European philanthropy.

Dafne and the EFC jointly lead the Philanthropy Advocacy project. Please find more information on www.dafne-online.eu

European Foundation Centre (EFC)

As a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe, the EFC works to strengthen the sector and make the case for institutional philanthropy as a formidable means of effecting change. We believe institutional philanthropy has a unique, crucial and timely role to play in meeting the critical challenges societies face. Working closely with our members, a dynamic network of strategically-minded philanthropic organisations from more than 30 countries, we:

  • Foster peer-learning by surfacing the expertise and experience within the sector
  • Enhance collaboration by connecting people for exchange and joint action
  • Advocate for favourable policy and regulatory environments for philanthropy
  • Build a solid evidence base through knowledge and intelligence
  • Raise the visibility of philanthropy’s value and impact

The EFC and DAFNE jointly lead the Philanthropy Advocacy project.

Please find more information on www.efc.be

Our Team

Nikoleta Bitterova

Nikoleta Bitterova

Legal

Nikoleta Bitterova  previously worked for the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic as a senior state ounsellor, representing Slovakia before the European Court of Human Rights. She holds a PhD in legal theory and is a human rights lawyer with experience in the work of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the UN´s human rights protection system and the non-governmental sector.

About Nikoleta Bitterova
Hanna Hanses

Hanna Hanses

Legal

Hanna Hanses is Junior Manager at Dafne (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) in Brussels. Since joining Dafne in 2019, she has been part of the Legal Team of Philanthropy Advocacy, a joint initiative of Dafne and the EFC (European Foundation Centre). She holds an LLM International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, UK, focusing her thesis on climate-induced displacement. She obtained her LLB Bachelor in Law from Ghent University, Belgium. Hanna brings with her a multi-cultural experience, having lived in inter alia the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland and Belgium.

About Hanna Hanses
Max von Abendroth

Max von Abendroth

Co-Lead

Max von Abendroth joined Dafne as Executive Director in 2017. Being more than 15 years involved in leadership positions in EU public affairs, he helped setting up the joint Dafne/EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative. Max is the initiator of PEX, the European platform for national, regional and thematic philanthropy associations. He holds several Board positions in the charity sector. Max studied Economics and Business Administration at the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

About Max von Abendroth
Dr. Hanna Stähle

Dr. Hanna Stähle

Senior Manager EU Public Affairs and Communications

Dr. Hanna Stähle is Senior Manager for EU Public Affairs and Communications at Philanthropy Advocacy. She is also Senior Manager at Dafne – Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, responsible for strategic partnerships, communications and European public affairs. From 2018 to 2020, she was Aide to the Secretary General of the German Association of Foundations where she was in charge of international and strategic programmes. Prior to that, she worked with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest private foundations in Europe. Her responsibilities included overseeing grantmaking portfolios for civil society, media, culture and other programmes in Western and East Central Europe. She holds a PhD in Slavic Cultural Studies (summa cum laude) from the University of Passau. During her PhD studies she was a Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and Aleksanteri Institute in Helsinki.

About Dr. Hanna Stähle
Hanna Surmatz

Hanna Surmatz

Co-Lead

Hanna Surmatz, Enabling Environment Manager at the EFC, has been working on philanthropy, civil society and EU law issues since 2004. As of 2019 she is directing on behalf of the EFC the joint DAFNE and EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative. Previously she was employed by the Association of German Foundations in Berlin. Hanna studied law in Germany and France and worked as researcher at the University of Münster for several years.

She represents the philanthropic sector in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF) and in the OECD Tax Business Advisory Group.

About Hanna Surmatz

Contact

If you want to get in touch please send an email to:

contact@philanthropyadvocacy.eu

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