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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Siemens Stiftung has founded WE!Hub Victoria Ltd. (WeTu) in Kenya. Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Siemens Stiftung, explains in this interview how the social enterprise intends to develop sustainable solutions and structures for drinking water and energy supply, as well as e-mobility solutions.
All philanthropic organisations exist to change the world, or at least a part of it. They are distinguished by their level of ambition – and by their optimism. But that makes them particularly susceptible to the radical uncertainties of our fast-changing world.