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Building at the Crossroads of Royale and Treurenberg

November 6, 2019

30 years. 30 contributors. 30 takes on the future of philanthropy.With so many complex and urgent challenges facing contemporary society, clearly treading water isn't enough. How can philanthropy adapt to tackle these challenges head on? How can the EFC be the catalyst in this process?The answers to these questions are going to be critical.This commemorative book, marking 30 years since the establishment of the European Foundation Centre, turns to some of the most influential thought leaders on philanthropy from around the world to have their say on the future of the EFC and the wider philanthropic sector.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

The Routledge Handbook of Taxation and Philanthropy

December 14, 2021

Those 30 academic contributions aim to provide a better understanding of whether, why, and how philanthropic initiatives, understood as voluntary contributions for the common good, can and should be fostered by states through tax incentives. The topic has been addressed from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective – covering neuroeconomics, sociology, political science, psychology, affective sciences, philosophy, behavioral economy, and law – because of its global and multifaceted nature. It also contains the OECD report on Taxation and Philanthropy released in November 2020, which was prepared in this context as a result of a collaboration with the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva.The book is divided into four sections, exploring, respectively, the justification of tax incentives for philanthropy, theoretical and empirical insights about taxes, efficiency and donor behavior in that context, and tax incentives for cross-border philanthropy and for hybrid entities and social entrepreneurship. Parts of the book can be downloaded separately:

Legislation and Taxation

Evaluation of The Atlantic Philanthropies Migration Programme

January 1, 2017

This is the final report of an independent evaluation of Atlantic's Migration Programme that ran from 2004 until 2014. The Programme issued grants to organisations helping migrants to gain access to justice and services. The report presents findings about the impacts the Programme had on law, policy and practice in Ireland.The evaluation identified a number of promising practices for civil society organisations advocating for policy and practice change, as well as for funders supporting such organisations. A set of case studies showcase these promising practices, focusing on using legal and community-based advocacy, developing and harnessing information to inform policy and practice, building links to Brussels to influence national and European migration policy and communicating advocacy messages about migration.

Evaluation and Learning; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Eating Planet : Food and Sustainability : Building our Future

January 1, 2016

This document presents the book 'Eating Planet' new edition, which is a collection of the most recent developments of the debate and research on the four large areas characterizing Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's approach: "Food for All", "Food for Sustainable Growth", "Food for Health", "Food for Culture", with the contribution of a network of prestigious experts and opinion leaders: Pavan Sukhdev, Gianfranco Bologna, Barbara Buchner, Paolo De Castro, Danielle Nierenberg, Paul Roberts, Carlo Petrini, Riccardo Valentini, Hans R. Herren, Tony Allan, Ricardo Uauy, Sara Farnetti and Camillo Ricordi, Gabriele Riccardi, Marion Nestle, Aviva Must, Alexandre Kalache, Shimon Peres, Jamie Oliver, Ellen Gustafson, Michael Heasman, Vandana Shiva.Eating Planet also suggests the priority initiatives that decision makers, economic players and citizens should implement in the various fields involved. It furthermore contains the Milan Protocol and Youth Manifesto's action platforms, elaborated within BCFN's action plans and to turn universal Expo 2015's ideas into action.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; International Affairs, Global Challenges

CAF World Giving Index 2015 : A Global View of Giving Trends

November 1, 2015

The CAF World Giving Index, now in its sixth year, is a leading authority on global generosity. It provides a simple picture of charitable behaviour across the world. The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. 145 countries were surveyed in 2015, representing around 96% of the world's population. The key findings are: What are the key findings? - Myanmar, which shared first place with the USA in 2014, tops the 2015 CAF World Giving Index. The USA and New Zealand make up the rest of the top three. - Some of the world's most generous countries are among the most deprived. The G-20, which represents the world's largest economies, accounts for only 5 of the top 20 countries in the CAF World Giving Index. - For the first time since 2008, men are now more likely to give money than women. - People from Iraq were most likely to have helped a stranger, replacing the United States which came top last year. Our great infographic shows how people around the world are helping strangers everyday. - There has been a recovery in young people's generosity, helping to reduce the generation gap which sees much more giving among older people.

Giving and Volunteering

Justice Programs for Public Health: A Good Practice Guide

July 1, 2015

Around the world, human rights violations compromise public health. Sexual violence, unlawful discrimination, land dispossession, police harassment, forced medical interventions, and denial of essential services threaten health and wellbeing. This is especially true for people who are socially marginalized and disempowered -- including sex workers, Roma, people who live with HIV, use drugs, need palliative care, and have intellectual or psychosocial disabilities.Programs that improve these communities' access to justice can play critical roles in deterring such abuses. Since 2007, Open Society has initiated and supported community-based peer paralegals, street-based lawyers, legal services that integrate into health care, and web-based legal advice. And they have engaged traditional community justice structures like chiefs and elders.This Guide unpacks key lessons and challenges that Open Society and their partners have identified through this work. This guide is a comprehensive tool both for justice organizations interested in addressing pressing public health needs, and public health groups that recognize justice is as critical to public health as medicine. It is also a resource for funders of health or justice programs. The guide details and explains the approaches noted above, offers examples of successful activities and actions, and defines the chief health and human rights concerns of six populations that have been our focus -- though its lessons apply broadly.

Health; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

EUFORI Study: European Foundations for Research and Innovation (Synthesis Report)

July 1, 2015

This report provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the contributions that foundations make to support research and innovation in EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. Over the last 25 years, the role of foundations as supporters of research and innovation in Europe has grown significantly in scope and scale. However, the landscape is fragmented and, till now, largely uncharted. Little is known about the vast majority of such foundations, their activities or even their number, and information about their real impact on research and innovation in Europe was very limited. A team of national experts in the EU 27 (and Norway and Switzerland), led by VU University Amsterdam, has therefore been commissioned by the European Commission to study foundations' contribution to research and innovation in the EU under the name EUFORI. This study helps fill this knowledge gap by analysing foundations' financial contributions, and provides useful insights into the different ways they operate. It also identifies emerging trends and the potential for exploring synergies and collaboration between foundations, research-funding agencies, businesses and research institutes.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Science and Technology

You Can't Put a Number on It : A Report from Young Adults on Why in Criminal Justice Maturity Is More Important Than Age

June 1, 2015

The report 'You can't put a number on it' was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust as part of the work of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Alliance -- a broad coalition of 13 leading criminal justice, health and youth charities - working to evidence and promote the need for a distinct and effective approach to young adults (18-24 year olds) in the transition to adulthood, throughout the criminal justice process.

Children and Youth; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

The Capacity Catalogue: Enabling Open Society Grantees to Achieve More

June 1, 2015

This digital booklet is designed to help Open Society grantees and prospective grantees in Europe strengthen their organisations.Like any for-profit company or public institution, civil society organisations must be competent in several areas to function well under pressure, and with few resources. Their capacity to do their work depends on their performance in many areas: governance, strategy, work planning, communication, fundraising, and several others. The Capacity Catalogue helps civil society organisations recognise these areas, assess how they currently perform, and find the help they need. Its aim is to help civil society leaders identify their organisations' strengths, their weaknesses, and think critically about where and how to improve. This document is a joint publication with ODS, with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe.Resources are included at the end.

Administration and Management; Fundraising; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark

June 1, 2015

This report was produced by Cambridge Associates, a global investment fi rm and one of the world's leading developers of financial performance benchmarks, in partnership with the Global Impact Investing Network, an organisation dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing worldwide. It presents findings from the first comprehensive analysis of financial performance in impact investing. To maintain a manageable scope, this report specifi cally evaluates the performance of market rate private investment funds in the impact investing space. This report also marks the launch of the first ever financial performance benchmark of private impact investing funds, which Cambridge Associates will maintain and update on a quarterly basis going forward.While the impact investing industry is in an early stage of development, it is poised for growth. One of the chief barriers to industry advancement remains a paucity of robust research on financial performance. Credible data on risk and return can help both existing and future impact investors better identify strategies that best suit their desired social, environmental, and financial criteria.

Finance and Investment

Standards For Corporate Foundations

May 7, 2015

This handbook is a set of guidelines to help in effective management of foundations established by companies. It constitutes the fruit of three years of joint work of 45 corporate foundations carried out with the support of the Polish Donors Forum. The standards are a tool of self-regulation.The solutions developped in 12 different areas, based on good practices from Poland and abroad, and their efficiency has already been verified in practice by project participants, are recommended for all corporate foundations.It includes various sources of information. The report is also available in Polish (

Corporate Philanthropy; Ethical issues and Good Practices

Children and Clinical Research : Ethical Issues

May 1, 2015

This report looks at how children and young people can ethically be involved in research, and makes recommendations about the roles and responsibilities of children, their parents or guardians, researchers and others.

Children and Youth; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Parenting and Families; Science and Technology

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