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iPhilanthropy 2015

9 November, 2015 - 15 January, 2016

Philanthropy makes a difference in every stage of human life – from infancy to adolescence, from early adulthood to a person’s advanced years. And it impacts every facet of life – from health to education, from environment to culture, among many others.

“iPhilanthropy”, the EFC’s multimedia exhibition located in the Galleria at Philanthropy House, tells the story of the potential of philanthropy throughout the human life cycle, underlining the trust inherent in the relationship between philanthropy and the people it serves.

The exhibition takes the form of five different trees, designed in wood by Brussels-based artist Ismaël Maudet. Four of the trees represent different phases of the life cycle, while the fifth serves as a platform for visitors to envisage the future of philanthropy and leave their mark. On the branches of each tree are displayed images, videos, audio, objects and publications representing the work of philanthropy in that particular phase of life.

The exhibition is a chance to engage in a new way with some of the work of EFC members. The message for everyone is clear – “I am Philanthropy, and Philanthropy is about me, about you, and about us.”

The Fifth Tree – Nurturing trust through dialogue
How are foundations responding to urgent challenges facing us today? How are they working to make a better future? Tell us what you think – let us know your wishes for the future and share your ideas with foundations on tackling issues that matter to you. This tree aims to spur a dialogue between our visitors and our members who have the power and resources to create change.

 Find the iPhilanthropy 2015 guide here 

Stories featured in iPhilanthropy

Children Need Families, Not Orphanages

This animated film narrated by J.K. Rowling was released as part of Lumos’ mission to raise international awareness about children living away from families in orphanages. In Children Need Families Not Orphanages, the Harry Potter author, who founded Lumos, speaks passionately about why children need families to grow and thrive, and how impersonal orphanages cannot meet a child’s need for individual love and care. The film is designed to build the political and public will to end the use of orphanages and institutions for children globally by 2050, by helping countries create community-based services that support vulnerable families to stay together. “A baby quickly forges a bond with loving parents,” J.K. Rowling says, “and because of this bond the brain develops with remarkable speed and complexity.” But this picture of childhood can be a fragile one, she warns. “Poverty, conflict and disaster can destroy the foundations of family life… (and) in these circumstances, families can feel they have no choice but to place their child into a so-called orphanage, especially if the child is disabled and needs care the family cannot afford.” [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7L1ceDjb5o[/youtube]
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Stop the Bleeding

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nDPKiWSTXI&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] TrustAfrica is supporting African civil society organisations in launching a popular campaign called “Stop the Bleeding – Campaign to End Illicit Financial Flows from Africa’’. The campaign aims to stop the loss of an estimated $50 billion each year which leaves the continent through illicit activities of multinational companies and rich individuals. The initiative is rooted in African experiences, driven by African agency and reinforced by global Africa solidarity linkages. It seeks to mobilise ordinary people and key constituencies such as students and youth, trade unions and grassroots social movements to be a key part of the voices for change. The song you hear is a part of that, as it encompasses the ideas driving the motivation for change in a shareable way. Join the campaign by signing the petition Follow the campaign through twitter #stopthebleeding
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Quality Education for Cocoa Communities

The Jacobs Foundation Livelihood Programme aims to improve the living conditions of families in rural areas of West Africa. The project in Ivory Coast has shown the importance of understanding and integrating social, cultural and economic realities of vulnerable communities into projects that focus on improving access to education. Alongside the provision of technical support and entrepreneurship training for smallholder farmers, the project aimed to improve education at 7 schools in the region by supporting close collaboration between teachers, management, parent-teacher associations and the community. In 2015, after gaining experience with the Livelihood Programme, the Jacobs Foundation has committed CHF 50 million to change the situation in cocoa-growing communities in Ivory Coast by implementing a comprehensive strategy to transform education, empower women, and ensure child protection. This initiative is called TRECC (Transforming education in cocoa communities), and it builds on CocoaAction, an unprecedented commitment of the private sector to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.
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Supported Options Initiative

The Supported Options Initiative aims to improve the support and advice available to young people and children in the UK who do not have regular immigration status or are undocumented. Many of these young people feel that they are unable, or for various reasons are unwilling, to approach organisations for help. There may also be only very limited options available through which they can seek to address their situation. An estimated 120,000 children in the UK have no legal status so are undocumented or irregular. Lack of legal status blocks them from fulfilling their potential and many experience barriers to health, education, work and social welfare. Sources of specialist support are scarce and mainstream organisations are not equipped to help—a situation exacerbated by cuts to legal aid for immigration work in 2013. Supported Options has three aims: first, increased citizenship registration of marginalised UK-born children; second, improved support to young people with irregular immigration status to explore their options and make choices about their future. The third initiative aim is to understand the experiences of young people and share this and practical responses with practitioners and policy makers. By grant-funding a small number of charities and law centres to collaborate with others in designing and operating new approaches, Supported Options encourages and supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status in the UK to live full lives. This initiative seed-funds new ideas; commissions research on knowledge gaps; supports a practitioner network; and shares learning through reports, online web resources, blogs, and events—like the recent Innovation Lab (pictured here), which brings young people together to discuss in new creative ways issues that may restrict their day to day lives. Delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy, Supported Options is a special initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. http://www.supportedoptions.org/ http://www.phf.org.uk/ https://www.unboundphilanthropy.org/ Image courtesy of William Walsh
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Por Mil Razones (For a thousand reasons)

For a thousand reasons is a campaign launched by Fundación ONCE to inform and encourage people with disabilities to make use of Portalento (portalento.es), a portal that provides guidance, training and support to increase the access of those living with disabilities to quality employment while raising awareness among employers and entrepreneurs of the site as a tool to help them find suitable employees. This campaign is co-financed by the European Social Fund. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlOp770ncoA[/youtube]
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Soft Toys for Education

Soft Toys for Education is a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, first launched thirteen years ago. The idea is simple: for every soft toy or children’s book throughout November and December, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro to children’s education projects. The initiative has supported 99 projects in 46 countries, reaching 11 million children. Find out more about the this project.    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quj6fE70Njo[/youtube]
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Fight for Peace, Brazil

Complexo da Maré, a group of favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, covers 800,000m2, and is home to 132,000 residents. Over half are children, adolescents and young people who face high levels of poverty, social and economic exclusion and a scarcity of public services. The Trafigura Foundation is one of the foundations that supports the NGO Fight for Peace which helps to give these young people more options through the provision of education. Over the course of three years, the ‘New Pathways’ education project sees 140 young people aged 18 to 29-years-old who have been at least two years without studying, engage in a fast-track education scheme. The project is extremely important in Maré as there is a severe lack of educational and employment opportunities for young people. As well as receiving numeracy and literacy classes, students from New Pathways attend weekly personal development sessions, which, combined with individual mentoring from the social support team, offer careers advice and youth leadership skills. In 2014, 71 at-risk youths enrolled into the educational classes. They all reported feeling more optimistic about their future. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsqQxPVumAU[/youtube] Fight for Peace is a programme of the Trafigura Foundation  Find out more about the programme
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Holstebro Music School

Holstebro Music School set up the first preparatory course for the academy of music (MGK) in Denmark in the 1970s. In recent years, thanks to Færchfonden’s donation of DKK 7,000,000, the music school has been able to continue developing the best possible framework for the development of musical talent in Denmark. The school has been involved in the establishment of Dansk Talentakademi (the Danish Academy for the Promotion of Talent) in Holstebro, which offers 150 talented young people from the all over the country a basic education within the fields of music, visual arts, dance, theatre and writing.   Find out more 
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Cultiva Ekspress Junior, “Slow Bridge” Project

The mirrored tiles you see here are just a few of the 5,300 customised by children in Kristiansand, Norway. The tiles were part of a project called “Slow Bridge’’ where children were given the chance to make their mark on the urban landscape by writing or drawing their dreams on individual tiles which now line the inside of a bridge in Kristiansand. The idea came from the artist Anna Berthelsen and was the first project funded by the new Cultiva Ekspress Junior scheme which funds artistic and cultural projects for children between 0-18 years in Kristiansand.
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Entrepreneurs for Social Change

Along the shores of the Mediterranean the effects of the economic crisis are still being felt, with high levels of youth unemployment and a stark lack of opportunity. Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) aims to support the ideas of young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean region. Through a week of training and nine months of mentoring, 20 young social  entrepreneurs are given the chance to acquire the business, funding, marketing and intercultural understanding needed to help take their businesses to the next level and create positive social impact. One of the projects to come from Entrepreneurs for Social Change is represented by the puppet you see here. Puppets 4 Kids is a project of YES Theatre, which aims to help improve the cognitive skills and psychosocial well-being of Palestinian children and youth. The YES Theatre and its partners are working to respond to local community needs, engaging with local partners to develop creativity and innovation through artistic performances, drama workshops, capacity building and cultural exchange activities. The E4SC project was devised by the Fondazione CRT in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [youtube]https://youtu.be/1y2zaM_4zyc[/youtube]
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Support to victims of the Cephalonia earthquake

In late January 2014, the island of Cephalonia, off the coast of Greece, was struck by an earthquake. In the main town of Lixouri, one of the few physical structures on the island in place to take care of the elderly, The Home, was severely damaged. To secure emergency shelter for the older victims, the pensioners were relocated to a sports centre, poorly adapted to their everyday needs. The JTI Foundation reacted to this loss by supporting the Lixouri Charity Foundation to purchase prefabricated accommodation better suited to the elderly and responding to their needs. Once The Home has been rebuilt, the elderly will be relocated to their permanent housing and the prefabricated houses will be kept for future use, providing all residents in Cephalonia with additional security in the event of another disaster.
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The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID)

Dementia is one of the most frequently occurring diseases affecting old age, and remains one of the most important challenges in European society. To live well with dementia, communities must accept and support people with the condition, and facilitate the expression of their remaining abilities. This raises enormous challenges for our ageing societies. The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) is a group of European foundations convinced that the community approach has to be developed in tackling the challenges linked to dementia. This publication, supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung provides insight into living with dementia in a community context. It provides new perspectives and proposes a necessary shift in mind-set that requires communities to stay connected with all citizens with dementia.
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