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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.


Philanthropic Organisations in Europe


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.

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:




FACILITATE cross-border philanthropy




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 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:

News and Updates from Philanthropy Advocacy

28 September 2020

European Day of Foundations and Donors – Thursday, 1 October 2020 / 16.30 – 18.00h | Philanthropy Debate [online]

Single Market for Public Good – How can we unleash private resources for European solidarity? Thursday, 1 October 2020 / 16.30 – 18.00h | Philanthropy Debate   Join us on the European Da...
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22 September 2020

The EU Recovery Plan & MFF fit for the third sector and how to get there

Beyond Recovery and Towards Values The Multi-annual Financial Framework reflects the priorities of EU institutions and delimits the entry points available to European philanthropy, ranging from fou...
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17 September 2020

PA contributes to EU Democracy Action Plan

Over the past decade, the state of European core values such as democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights have been in decline in parts of Europe and therefore we welcome that the European Union i...
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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.

Reports, studies and position papers

12 June 2020

Consultation on the White Paper on AI contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European ́s Commission Consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European Approach. In the consultation, we called on the EC to amend the current EU regulatory framework as it is insufficient for AI purpose and needs adapting: risk-based approach is not clear; impact on people’s fundamental rights could be an alternative approach. We reiterated that human rights-based approach is essential to ensure that AI developed and deployed in the EU can be truly trustworthy and is not just an empty brand name. Where AI systems pose a threat to any of our fundamental rights, the EU must ensure that states uphold their obligation to protect and promote those rights and that companies conduct due diligence according to their responsibility.
12 May 2020

EU Charter Strategy Consultation contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European ́s Commission consultation on the Strategy on the effective application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In the consultation, we reiterated that the rights enshrined in the Charter are of utmost importance for the philanthropic organisations and funders themselves, particularly the right to association and assembly, freedom of expression and information or the right to protection of personal data. These rights become particularly relevant where an authority’s intervention is against, or relates to an organisation’s objectives, acts or statements. Therefore, philanthropy infrastructure organisations such as DAFNE and EFC are using the Charter in their advocacy work to protect the space for​ philanthropic actors, in cases when the restrictions are imposed on their fundamental rights to associate, operate, express views, seek and provide information, receive funding and campaign.

Please find herewith additional links to relevant reports and studies:

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 is Europe’s largest network of donors and foundations associations. With 27 member associations with a collective membership of more than 10,000 foundations and grant-makers, DAFNE is a leading voice of European foundations. We are involved in advocacy, capability building, promotion of philanthropy and research.

Our aim is to strengthen the philanthropic sector in Europe and to enhance professionalism and effectiveness of national associations. DAFNE is a member of WINGS, an associate partner of OECD netFWD and an active supporter of #NextPhilanthropy. DAFNE and the EFC jointly lead the Philanthropy Advocacy project. Please find more information on

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


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

DAFNE and the EFC

Philanthropy House, Rue Royale 94, 1000 Brussels, Belgium