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Philanthropic activities in East Africa

The East Africa Philanthropy Data Portal on philanthropic activities in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania is now available for the public.

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Local Action for Global Good - why and how to embrace the SDGs

While focusing on community foundations, there are lessons which could be applicable to other foundations, in particular those with a local area focus. This blog highlights the relevance of the work of community foundations to the SDGs and describes an approach to embrace the Global Goals at local level.

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The SDGs are our yardstick

Michael Beier, Chairman of the of the Heinz Sielmann Foundation talks about Fridays for Future and the importance of foundations for fighting climate change. 

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Change in the management of the Association of German Foundations

Secretary General Felix Oldenburg has announced he will resign from his role in March 2020. He will continue as chair of Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) until January 2021.

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Strong cross-party alliance in European Parliament for easing philanthropy’s work for public good across Europe

MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee and relevant stakeholders from philanthropy, civil society and social economy discussed ways to create a truly European space for donors and encourage cross-border generosity, solidarity and civil actions.

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Two years as an EZ-Scout at the Association of German Foundations

Dr Annette Kleinbrod has been an advisor for international cooperation – EZ-Scout for short – at the Association of German Foundations for two years now, as part of a pilot project. We talked to her about her conclusions on completing two years.

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From analogue civil society to digital civil society – what does this mean for philanthropy?

Digital transformation has profound effects on the protagonists of the civil society. Lucy Bernholz, a researcher at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, points out its consequences for civil society and foundations. To her, democracy will not be able to benefit unless digitalization empowers civic players to become powerful counterparts to the state and the private sector.

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Greater sustainability with voluntary national reports

What do you think of when you hear about the city of Oaxaca in Mexico? For me, it’s the memory of a successful meeting with around 100 people from 30 countries who are committed to sustainable development.

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Public Crowdfunding in the Jewish district in Budapest

The Hungarian foundation Gyökerek és Szárnyák Alapítvány has organized public crowdfunding events for a year and a half. In May 2019, three projects met their funding targets and thus the association Parola (handshake), families in need, and a bakery run by Roma women received funding. 

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Agenda 2030, goal 16: foundations started to contribute on sustainable development

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda describes in its vision that sustainable development requires democracy, good governance and the rule of law. All over the world, this goal is being actively pursued, including by foundations. 

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What’s next in the foundation and philanthropy sector?

Our first few hypotheses are: it will be more global, more transparent, more participatory, more collaborative, more digital, and more entrepreneurial; and there will be larger investment.

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