European philanthropy infrastructure

Promoting collaboration between foundations in Europe.

Philanthropy and the role it plays in democratic societies needs to be recognised and supported. This is the challenge for philanthropic organisations which, throughout Europe, are mobilising their expertise, knowledge and networks. However, in order to be successful, philanthropy needs a strong and effective infrastructure that encourages collaboration. The King Baudouin Foundation pursues such an approach, working with over 50 European institutions, defending the interests of the sector as well as enhancing its transparency and impact.

Our activities

  • we support several organisations: the European Foundation Centre (EFC), an association of European foundations and an important platform for networking and knowledge exchange between European foundations; the Network of European Foundations (NEF), an operational base for joint projects in Europe; the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and the Donors and Foundations Networks Europe (Dafne)
  • and we initiate debate on reform relating to the future infrastructure of European philanthropy.

European philanthropy infrastructure is part of the programme Europe

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European Venture Philanthropy Association

Foundations Along the Spectrum of Capital Initiative 2021

Go beyond traditional grant-making by using financial instruments, such as loans or hybrid instruments, or by moving towards mission-related investments and aligning investment s…

European Foundation Centre

Gender Equality Thematic Network

Support the EFC's thematic network that informs and raises awareness of gender equality, especially in grant-making and management.

Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF)

Annual Contribution for the Network of European Foundations 2021

Annual contribution to support the Network of European Foundations.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Support of European philanthropic infrastructure

The Foundation supports a stronger European Philanthropy Infrastructure to defend the interests of the sector, increase its transparency and enhance its impact.

Press Releases

Civitates grants €2,467,000 to 11 independent public-interest journalism organisations across Europe for a period of 3 years

01 07 2021