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The Philea Virtual Library includes over 1,000 free-to-download publications from a range of organisations and publishers on the topics of philanthropy, the management of foundations and the areas they are involved in and support. As a Philea member you can send us your publications for inclusion in the library which will also be added to the global IssueLab network where they will be made available to an extended audience, including users of Worldcat, the global catalogue used by tens of thousands of libraries. For questions or assistance, please contact the Philea Virtual Library.
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Data Science, AI and Data Philanthropy in Foundations : On the Path to Maturity

February 14, 2024

This research explores the data-related initiatives currently undertaken by a pool of foundations from across Europe. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study that has investigated the level of data work within philanthropic foundations, even though the rise of data and its importance has increasingly been recognised in the non-profit sector. Given that this is an inaugural piece of research, the study takes an exploratory approach, prioritising a comprehensive survey of data practices foundations are currently implementing or exploring. The goal was to obtain a snapshot of the current level of maturity and commitment of foundations regarding data-related matters.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Science and Technology
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Public-Benefit Foundations in Europe : Comparative Analysis and Aggregate Figures Across 26 Countries

December 1, 2023

This briefing presents an up-to-date picture of the institutional philanthropy landscape in Europe by offering an analysis of the philanthropic sectors in 26 European countries in a study conducted by Philea. It includes data by country as well as total figures for Europe on the number of public-benefit foundations in addition to their assets and annual expenditure. The briefing builds on and updates the information provided by the 2016 Public-Benefit Foundations in Europe Report, published by Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (Dafne) (now part of Philea) and analysed by Candid (previously known as the Foundation Center).

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society
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Supporting Civic Engagement in Times of War in Ukraine : Practical Insights

March 1, 2023

Since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine, foundations continue to support various actions in the civic space of the country. Grantmaking foundations are continuously looking for on-the-ground information, which can be difficult to garner in times of war, to help inform their grantmaking decisions.What data do funders rely on to support their interventions? Which areas require the highest amount of support? Where does Ukrainian civil society require the most assistance?This "practical insights" paper aims to shed light on these areas by highlighting various studies that have looked into these questions. The insights outlined aim to answer a set of questions, with the overarching aim of demonstrating to funders the intrinsic value of utilising research and data to help form interventions in Ukraine during this extremely challenging period for the country, but also for the international community. The paper is based on presentations and studies that were presented at the ninth "Philanthropy for Ukraine" online event organised on 21 October 2022 by Philea.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Knowledge and Data Management; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Peace and Conflict
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Handbook : How to Use EU Law to Protect Civil Space

May 1, 2020

This handbook provides practical guidance for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate and litigate using EU law to protect their rights and civic space in the EU.It aims to be a user-friendly guide for CSOs who want to know::What EU law is and how it affects individuals and organisations;When and how CSOs can challenge national provisions or measures that impact their mission, activities and operations on the basis of EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR);Which legal avenues and resources are available for CSOs to defend their civic space within the EU law frameworkA list of resources as well as practical tools can be found in the last part the document.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Closing the Gap : Building better child poverty prevention systems

January 1, 2024

The UK has one of the highest rates of childhood poverty for developed countries. 29% of all children in the UK  live in poverty. These rates are increasing as a result of cuts and under-investment in prevention, a paucity of child poverty strategy and policies, and a punitive welfare system. It has been further worsened by the cost-of-living crisis.  The impacts of growing up in poverty can be long-lasting, affecting children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. It usually results in lower access to quality education, leading to lower academic achievement, and challenges in acquiring essential skills and knowledge. Given this picture of entrenchment, inequality, and systemic failure, reversing these trends and preventing millions more children growing up in poverty will require not just a transformative level of investment, but a whole system transformation.   This report, Closing the Gap, highlights what an effective system of child poverty prevention looks like, from the services provided to the principles underpinning relationships.  

Children and Youth; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Emerging Impacts: The Effects of MacKenzie Scott’s Large, Unrestricted Gifts : Results from Year Two of a Three-Year Study

November 28, 2023

This report outlines the extent to which Mackenzie Scott's unrestricted funds have had an effect on recipients of her funding. Over three years, she gave more than $14 billion in unrestricted support to more than 1,600 organizations. An analysis of her donations are included within, inclusive of the challenges, surprises, effects and figures of how this funding affected recipients over the past 1-3 years. 

Finance and Investment; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Expert Report on Innovative Funding : Philanthropy

November 1, 2022

This report is the culmination of an investigation into how innovative funding solutions can be brought to bear on the ambitions of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). In particular, it has sought to address how to effect meaningful change at a grassroots level so that the impact of the European Green Deal can truly be felt among communities and individuals in a tangible way, and within a reasonable timeframe.The primary focus of the report has been on European philanthropy, although it is linked to a parallel study on crowdfunding (each having informed the other) and the recommendations accommodate the integration of these two funding sources.This report is linked to a parallel study on crowdfunding which can be found here: https://philea.issuelab.org/resource/report-on-crowdfunding-for-the-new-european-bauhaus-is-crowdfunding-a-digital-solution-for-us.html

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Report on Crowdfunding for the New European Bauhaus : Is crowdfunding a digital solution for… us?

October 15, 2022

Does Crowdfunding serve as an appropriate tool to fund New European Bauhaus ("NEB") grass root projects? The report guides us through to understand the pros and cons that the market currently provides and searches for a valid structured solution to be used as an efficient and an effective tool for small projects and to set up the basis for further development across the EU.This report is linked to a parallel study on innovative financing and philanthropy, which can be found here: https://philea.issuelab.org/resource/expert-report-on-innovative-funding-philanthropy.html

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Listening to Beneficiaries and Ultimate Clients : Paper prepared for the International Philanthropy Research Conference 22 and 23 September, Turin, IT

September 22, 2022

This conference paper, by Volker Then, intends to shed light on the perceptions of foundation partners based on the results of empirical research which has been conducted over many years in the context of the "Learning from Partners" project in Germany. The project has been conducted in a longitudinal perspective from 2011 to 2021 in a total of four waves surveying all the partners of cohorts of major German foundations.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Tales of Roma Women's Resistance: Roma womens organizing in southeastern Europe

July 5, 2022

This collection of stories explores the diverse realities of Roma women, girls and LGBTQI+ people, as well as the realities of activists who advocate for change on the frontlines in the Southeast Europe region. Building on 19 semi-structured interviews with activists conducted between 2018 and 2022, this research also examines the intersectional nature of the challenges that Roma girls, women and LGBTQI+ youth face in their specific contexts, through the prism of activists who have been tailoring their approaches to address and advocate for these issues.

Gender and Women; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Individual Giving and Philanthropy in Turkey 2021

May 31, 2022

This study is a continuation of the research on individual giving and philanthropy in Turkey conducted in 2004, 2015 and 2019 by TÜSEV. The main goals of this research are to provide an overview of: individuals' perceptions of civil society organisations in Turkey; their engagement with CSOs; giving practices, and to track behaviors and trends in these areas through time. For this study as for previous ones, the authors and research team have collected and analysed data from interviews with a representative sample of the voting-age population in Turkey. The fieldwork for this report focused on the year before October-November 2021, a period of significant challenges including Covid-19, lockdowns and natural disasters. The authors take into account the impact of these events in their evaluation of how both the giving behavior and the attitude toward civil society and philanthropic activities in general have developed and changed. The report also provides a comparative analysis of the change that took place in the field of individual giving in Turkey over a 15-year period.Previous studies can be accessed from TÜSEV website: https://www.tusev.org.tr/en/research-andpublications/online-publications

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

December 14, 2021

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

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