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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Strengthening local development by social enterprise in Kenya

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.

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A call for a braver philanthropy!

Interview with Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director of the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmakers Support (WINGS) 

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Future-fit philanthropy: why philanthropic organisations will need foresight to leave lasting legacies of change

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.

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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.


Press releases

The latest news from the Association of German Foundations.

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