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Championing philanthropy

15 November, 2016 - 31 December, 2016

EFC’s brand new ‘Championing Philanthropy’ exhibition is open from 15 November until the end of the year.  Championing Philanthropy showcases how institutional philanthropy improves lives through projects by its members, and brings to life a wide range of projects that have been devised and carried out by members of the European Foundation Centre’s Governing Council.

These projects, showcased in the exhibition space of Philanthropy House aim to demonstrate to policymakers, the general public and visitors to Brussels the valuable work in the philanthropic sector.

The exhibition is both visually and mentally stimulating. Visitors have the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in varied and thought-provoking projects that are particularly relevant to the world in which we find ourselves today. While there is a diversity of projects, there are several common themes including: Refugees and Migration, Education, Social Development, Youth Empowerment, Health etc. The Exhibition features the following projects by the EFC’s Governing Council members:

  • Barrow Cadbury Trust – “Transition to Adulthood” (Criminal Justice)
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung – “Challenging Chances: Escape in Pictures” (Refugees and Migration)
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – “Gulbenkian Challenge : STOP Infecção Hospitalar” (Health)
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation – “Community Schools Model” (Education)
  • ERSTE Stiftung – “Roma Partnership Reinvented” (Supporting Roma business)
  • European Cultural Foundation – “Build the City” (Civic-public Partnerships and Urban Sustainability)
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation – “Better Integration Through Education” (Education)
  • Fondation de France – “Dyanmique Territoriales” (Social Development)
  • Fondazione Cariplo – “Social Housing” (Social Housing)
  • Fondazione CRT – “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (Refugees and Migration)
  • Fondazione di Venezia – “Social Microcredit” (Financial Inclusion)
  • Foundation Mozaik – “Breakthrough Generation” (Youth Empowerment)
  • Fritt Ord – “Digital Lives” (Cultural Expression and Gaming)
  • Fundación ONCE – “Never Give Up” (Disabilities and Employment)
  • Körber-Stiftung – “EUSTORY: Understanding Differences, Overcoming Divisions” (Youth Empowerment)
  • “la Caixa” Banking Foundation – “The Entrepreneurial Alliance for Child Vaccinations” (Health)
  • Mama Cash – “Funding Girls’ Organising” (Empowerment of Girls)
  • Oak Foundation – “Sustainable Farming in North Carolina” (Agricultural Sustainability)
  • Open Estonia Foundation – “Estonian Voice in the Refugee Crisis” (Refugees and Migration)
  • Open Society Foundations – “Welcome to Greece” (Refugees and Migration)
  • Stefan Batory Foundation – “More Knowledge, Less Fear” (Refugees and Migration)
  • The Velux Foundations – “Prepare Yourself” (Youth Empowerment)
  • TrustAfrica – “A Decade of Championing African Agency” (Social Development)

Stories featured in iPhilanthropy

Dynamique Territoriales

Fondation de France’s ‘Dynamique Territoriales’ programme aims to help people in need by supporting the emergence of projects in six specific areas in France with social difficulties.  Its aim is to improve the inhabitants’ daily life and to promote co-operation amongst local actors to take on mutual challenges in their areas together. Every programme is developed by the different actors and the residents from the area and, as a team, they work together to implement the project from A to Z. Meetings with inhabitants are held to identify ideas and projects to improve local life.  The interaction, training and working together to transform their ideas into real projects in the areas where support is really required has the positive effect of creating bonds and developing new forms of solidarity. Since the launch of ‘Dynamique Territoriales’ in 2014, 358 initiatives have been identified, 58 ideas have been assisted and 82 projects have been supported by over €1m in financial contributions.
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A Decade of Championing African Agency

In celebration of its first ten years as an independent pan-African foundation, TrustAfrica has published ‘Claiming Agency: Reflecting on TrustAfrica’s First Decade’. The book takes an in-depth look at its work as an African-led foundation that set out to do things differently. ‘Claiming Agency’ asks, does this kind of philanthropy make a difference? If so, how? What are its unique ways of working? The answers are found in five chapters by independent authors that reflect on how TrustAfrica and its partners advanced a range of issues – from women’s rights, smallholder agriculture, and democratic reform in Liberia and Zimbabwe to international criminal justice and illicit financial flows. For a decade the foundation has pursued a singular mission to strengthen African agency to address some of the continent’s most pressing development challenges. TrustAfrica was founded on the belief that the most enduring solutions to Africa’s problems will come from initiatives led by Africans themselves rather than externally conceived and driven models that do not place Africans at the centre of problem- solving and decision making.
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Prepare Yourself

The VELUX Foundations’ ‘Prepare Yourself’ project tests and develops initiatives in order to prevent social polarisation and mental vulnerability and problems among marginalised youth. Young people will be equipped with tools, which will enable them to take responsibility for their own well-being to a greater extent. The project will deal with empowerment, initiative, self-awareness and the realization of own qualities, boundaries and resources, all critical elements for enhancing opportunities and creating a better life. Participants will, among other things, be given guidance and assistance with respect to finding a place to live, applying for jobs, shopping for food and clothes as well as support in solving personal problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety, minor eating disorders, sorrow or family conflicts.
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More Knowledge, Less Fear

The online resource centre, uchodzcy.info, has been developed by the Stefan Batory Foundation in partnership with the Chlebem i Solą Initiative within the Citizens for Democracy Programme, financed by EEA Grants. The resource centre was launched as an answer to misconceptions about the migration crisis in Europe, xenophobic fears and negative stereotypes about people from different ethnic backgrounds. The centre serves three purposes: to provide information about refugees; to dismantle myths and stereotypes about them; and to inform visitors about initiatives regarding refugees (such as fundraisers or cultural initiatives) and possible ways to get involved.
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Estonian Voice in the Refugee Crisis

The migrant crisis in Europe is already a highly debated issue, but the Open Estonia Foundation, a group of Estonian politicians and other experts realised that what was missing in the debate was the wider context. Moreover, the lack of such context - and dialogue - with views from different levels of society, had left a vacuum for populism and fear-mongering. The Open Estonia Foundation joined a pan-European initiative called U-Impact and organised a lively debate to discuss the European refugee crisis, its possible scenarios and how citizens could voice their opinions in finding solutions. The event was broadcast live in Estonia and abroad, with many international NGOs calling in to the meeting to share their experiences and opinions working on the crisis.
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Funding Girls’ Organising

Mama Cash has in recent years actively sought to support girls who take matters into their own hands. In August 2015, Mama Cash, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and MEMPROW brought together 30 emissaries from African girls’ rights initiatives. They emphasised the importance of keeping in mind that girls need trust and support to develop their own activism. The reality is that many girls grow up in an unsafe environment. That is why it is critical to ensure that they become as resilient as possible and have a place where they can meet each other and collaborate. Mama Cash funds groups run with and by girls around the world and is part of the With and For Girls Collective. This funder’s collective is investing $1m each year in awards to grass-roots organisations that are successfully working on girls’ rights.
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Better Integration through Education

In 2009, the Finnish Cultural Foundation commissioned an independent enquiry into the state of language teaching for immigrants. The report revealed a number of shortcomings in the existing system. The ensuing plan for the improvement of integration training was implemented in a large pilot project covering the entire country from 2010 to 2013. The cost, around €9m, was covered by two foundations and three ministries together. The project was meant to provide a basis for remodelling all public integration education in Finland. Perhaps naively, the Finnish Cultural Foundation believed that the promised remodelling would take place without any further encouragement. In autumn 2015, when the number of immigrants surged, it turned out that very little had actually happened. In 2016, the plans are finally being put into use. The foundation has also supported a highly efficient network of women volunteers offering tuition in literacy and Finnish to immigrant women.
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Breakthrough Generation

Mozaik’s 2015-2025 strategy aims to develop a breakthrough generation of entrepreneurial and innovative youth. The goal is to generate a value-driven force that creates new social and economic value, creates new jobs, develops successful social businesses and serves as role models to other youth. This is achieved through tailor-made support in a virtual social business incubator and a well-developed pipeline where young people implement socially innovative projects. Within 10 years there will be 50,000 people in the pipeline, 1,000 socially innovative projects supported and 500 newly registered social businesses.
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Build the City

The ‘Build the City’ publication highlights how people are changing their cities. The European Cultural Foundation is supporting citizens and governments who are collaborating in solving urban challenges. They are changing cities and legislation through co-design practices. Culture is a key factor in these processes by motivating people and encouraging equality which is essential in increasingly diverse communities. A network of co-designers was established to improve urban co-governance and reinforce the need to include culture and citizen participation in the EU Urban Agenda. The evidence shows that these practices positively impact on urban sustainability such as creating affordable housing, highlighting air quality issues and renewing public creative areas. The European Cultural Foundation, alongside communities, will continue to work for co-governed cities to increase cultural, diverse and flexible social living spaces.
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Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures

The subject of refugees is still ongoing. It is no longer an abstract phenomenon; now these very real people made out of flesh and blood are living among us in our neighbourhoods. We can now make our own picture from these people who have sought refuge in our country. The exhibition pictures show us their story right from the start of their escape up until their arrival in Germany. Enthusiastic and sensitive photographers have accompanied them in their search for a better life. Following the arrival to safety, a long challenging process begins in the host countries. Here in Germany, as in every other host country, we are confronted with a lot of work for the whole society. The integration of refugees through education and work, and maintaining united local communities are some examples of issues faced. It is necessary to carry on welcoming and accepting immigrants as we have done before. Keeping this issue high on the agenda is important, as well as continuing the prevention of prejudice against refugees. The Bertelsmann Stiftung together with the photo agency laif from Cologne have made this project possible.
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Community Schools Model

In 2016, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded a grant to support the expansion of a community school model to all 11 public schools in their hometown of Flint, Michigan. In addition to helping students meet academic goals, the model also aims to strengthen the connection between schools, families and local residents. The new model brings together a variety of resources for children and families, depending on the needs of each school and its surrounding neighborhood. It provides students with strong, research-based educational and enrichment opportunities, along with nutritional support, physical activity, mindfulness exercises and more. Such activities and services will allow the schools to become the best place for community members to access a wide range of services. Flint has long been known for its leadership in the community school movement. In 1935, C.S. Mott and Flint educator Frank J. Manley launched a “lighted schoolhouse” model, which made use of school buildings during non-school hours to provide educational and recreational programs for students, families and neighborhood residents. By supporting this initiative, the Mott Foundation is proud to help its home community create a reimagined, 21st century model of community education that meets the needs of today’s families.
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Digital Lives

Who decides society's definition of culture and how do we evaluate the various forms of cultural expression? Over the last few decades, video games have consolidated their position as pastime, interest and career among a (large) swathe of the population. More than 500 million people play video games every day. Simultaneously, few mainstream newspapers report on individual games or on gaming culture in the same manner that they report on other genres such as music, literature, television and film. This affects how we as a society talk and think about games and those who enjoy them. Organised by the Fritt Ord Foundation, ‘Digital Lives’ invites the public to discuss the topic both through a call for essays and a series of public debates. 180 texts were received for the anthology, including both academic and personal essays. The ten writers selected for the anthology touched on language barriers, addiction, gender equality and the connection between violent video games and the 2011 Utøya massacre. The winning essay was a careful deconstruction of the lack of diversity in games, and dealt powerfully with colonialism and historical narratives.
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

It is not about gastronomy, ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ is about creating relationships. The project was launched during the 2011 edition of the International Festival of Folk Oral Culture with a communal dinner involving over 100 people around one table in Piazza Carlo Alberto in the heart of Turin, the dinner itself prepared by the migrant families who participate in the project. By hosting special dinners, migrant families open up themselves and their homes to people outside their immediate social circles. Eating and conversing over dinner helps break down walls of suspicion built by ignorance and fear of different cultures. At the dinner table, they talk about children, school, work, cinema, music and discover that they are not so different after all. ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ events are taking place in Turin, Carmagnola, Alessandria, Prato, Grosseto and Gavorrano, Verona, Vicenza, Roma and Barcelona in Spain.
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Gulbenkian Challenge - Stop Infeção Hospitalar!

Hospital infections are a major public health issue and are associated with increasing rates of morbidity and mortality in patients and with the extension of their hospital stay. In comparison with the European average, Portugal has the highest prevalence rates of hospital infections and the problem is growing. In response to this challenge, the Gulbenkian Foundation has launched the ‘Gulbenkian Challenge Stop Infeção Hospitalar!’ (Stop Hospital Infection!) with the aim of reducing the rate of hospital infections by 50% over the next 3 years in 12 hospitals. The 12 hospitals participating are in a 36-month collaborative learning process, which should lead to progressive levels of improvements in practices. Results will be monitored and regular reporting and assessment will take place. There have been significant increases in the levels of compliance with the measures proposed, which in turn has led to notable repercussions in lowering the rates of infection.
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Roma Partnership Reinvented

  Wood, copper, leather, glass: these materials are all part of the new design-collection PICNIC by Meşteshukar ButiQ (MBQ), part of a Bucharest-based network of social enterprises that re-interprets traditional Roma crafts. Each of the materials stands for a different kind of traditional Roma craftsmanship and each item was produced in a different part of Romania. This PICNIC set is the tangible result of what the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership has been trying to achieve: to support the development of social entrepreneurship and foster income generation activities as well as educational programmes for job creation at community level. The designs were developed in cooperation with two Austrian designers Nadja Zerunian and Peter Weisz (zerunianandweisz). Since the founding of Meşteshukar ButiQ in 2012, it has continuously strived to bring a new vision to Roma craftsmanship and has succeeded in launching traditional products under a new design. The MBQ concept store located in the centre of Bucharest displays jewellery, objects for home decoration and fashion. The ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership is an informal alliance of committed organisations that aims to sustainably improve the lives of Roma in Central and South Eastern Europe. It was created to enable and reinforce long-term collaboration between Roma and non-Roma.
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Social Microcredit

Fondazione di Venezia’s project, addressing the needs of financial inclusion and social integration, helped provide microcredit to non-EU women with a valid residency permit and living in the Province of Venice.  Not considered bankable by the conventional credit system, the project supported women who either wanted to start a business or access individual professional growth opportunities such as participation in professional or vocational courses. From 2005 to 2010, 28 projects were supported equalling a total value of €225,774 in approved loans. The loan sizes were of minimum: €2,000 for developing economic activities, €1,000 for employability projects and maximum: €20,000 for individuals (individual enterprises and self-employment) €35,000 for groups (companies).
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EUSTORY: Understanding Differences, Overcoming Divisions

EUSTORY is an international network of NGOs organising historical research competitions for students. The network was founded in September 2001 on the initiative of the Hamburg-based Körber Foundation and currently connects civic organisations from 25 countries. The mandate of EUSTORY is to view European history from its grass-roots and to recognise the vast diversity of its experiences. Opposing the abuse of history as an ideological weapon, EUSTORY emphasises the view of history being a lens for intercultural understanding in Europe. Since its founding, more than 190,000 students have participated in EUSTORY history competitions with about 85,000 contributions.
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Never Give Up

Thousands of young people with disabilities want to enter the work force to develop their potential. The ONCE Foundation and its job placement agency, Inserta, are determined that they succeed and have therefore launched the ‘Never Give Up Plan’ to help young people with disabilities find work opportunities. The best part of the Plan is that the wider public can be a part of it and contribute to the employment of thousands of young people who exude pride and belief that they are capable of overcoming any obstacle. These feelings are amplified when we believe in them too.
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Social Housing

In 2004 Fondazione Cariplo created the Fondazione Housing Sociale (FHS), a foundation dedicated to the development and experimentation of innovative solutions for structuring, financing, constructing and managing social housing initiatives that are economically sustainable and not dependent on grants. FHS works on the strong philosophy that social housing is not simply about the provision of a place to live but rather about a way of living, in which multiple services are available and a community is built. Currently there are 27 approved local funds spread throughout Italy and there are approximately 220 projects, 14,800 dwellings and 6,500 beds in temporary or student residences. The fund has in its sights the construction total of about 20,000 apartments.
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Sustainable Farming in North Carolina

Since the 20th century development of industrial agricultural practices, food production has undergone a radical transformation. With machinery, pesticides and biotechnology, food supplies have increased and become more affordable but there have also been ecological and social consequences. A community of farmers and grass-root organisations in North Carolina are planning, managing and implementing sustainable farming programmes in and around their communities. Oak is supporting the Conservation Fund who is working with these organisations to help promote awareness about sustainable living and help reduce barriers to healthy produce.
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The Entrepreneurial Alliance for Child Vaccinations

  “la Caixa” foundation’s work in Mozambique focuses on the campaign for vaccinations against pneumonia, one of the main causes of child mortality around the world, in collaboration with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. As part of this initiative, since 2008 the foundation has encouraged the participation of corporate clients of CaixaBank through the Entrepreneurial Alliance for Child Vaccinations (AEVI). Last year, contributions received from companies, employees, private banking and donations from organisations and individuals represented a total of €627,926, to which the foundation has contributed a further €1m. Since the founding of the Alliance for Child Vaccinations in 2008, the foundation has helped vaccinate 2,225,499 children under the age of five.
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Transition to Adulthood (T2A)

  The Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme is a 10-year initiative of the Barrow Cadbury Trust, focused on improving the prospects of young adults at all stages of the criminal justice system. Since 2008, nearly £10m has been invested in policy, research and demonstration projects focused on young adults. Through the T2A programme more than 40 reports have been produced relating to young adults and crime. These include practical resources that have been tried and tested on the ground, such as how probation officers can take account of maturity as well as age in decision-making and how police officers can meet the needs of distinct groups of young adults such as women, young Muslims and care leavers. The work is promoted by a coalition of 14 leading charities, under the banner of the T2A Alliance, all of whom provide expertise and a powerful collective voice to advocate for policy and service reform.
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Welcome to Greece

The makeshift refugee camp in the border area of Idomeni, in northern Greece, was once the main crossing point for hundreds of thousands of people seeking international protection in Western Europe. At one time, the camp hosted up to 14,000 refugees and migrants, but it was evacuated by the Greek authorities in May 2016. Vasilis Tsartanis, a local activist, was one of the first volunteers to help those transiting through the area. For the past three years, he has worked to help refugees in Greece, and raise awareness of the dire state of the reception system and the need for a more humane and organised European migration policy. The Open Society Foundations has supported Tsartanis's advocacy since 2015. Open Society believes that the European Union should commit to building a single asylum and migration system that establishes safe, legal means of migration. Existing approaches have created the appearance of failure and crisis; sustainable, affordable migration systems would foster popular understanding and support for refugee resettlement.
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