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How Do They Do It? EFC Members Share Good Practice on Organising Accessible Events

November 23, 2020

This publication of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Disability Thematic Network features case studies by European foundations who each share their insights and lessons learned from organising accessible events that are inclusive for persons with disabilities. Alongside the case studies is a checklist for events planners to use when organising accessible events, both offline and online, covering everything from initial planning, through to communications around the event, venues, and sessions. A set of recommendations on how to make the process easier and more efficient is also included.

Arts and Culture; Disability
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Philanthropy Prizes

September 15, 2019

This publication provides a brief insight into the wide variety of prizes and awards offered by EFC members and the wider philanthropic sector. The list is not exhaustive but instead offers a selection of prizes that showcase the diverse thematic areas and sectors of  work that prizes can be found recognising, supporting and inspiring.

Grantmaking and Programme Management

Cultures of Giving Country Profile: Russia

September 3, 2021

This report has been prepared for the WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group by Roman Sklotskiy from the Center for Philanthropy Development of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. The WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group explores and shares the many different types and ways philanthropy exists in the WINGS network as well as the diverse cultures of giving around the world.

Corporate Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering

Come lo fanno? I partecipanti dell'EFC condividono le buone pratiche sull'organizzazione di eventi accessibili

November 23, 2020

Questa pubblicazione del Disability Thematic Network dell'European Foundation Centre (EFC) presenta alcuni esempi di esperienze fatte dalle fondazioni europee nell'organizzazione di eventi accessibili ed inclusivi per le persone con disabilità. La pubblicazione include anche una checklist per gli organizzatori di eventi da utilizzare nell'organizzazione di eventi accessibili, sia offline che online, dalla pianificazione iniziale alla comunicazione dell'evento, ai luoghi e alle sessioni. È inclusa anche una serie di raccomandazioni su come rendere il processo più facile ed efficiente.This publication of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) Disability Thematic Network features case studies by European foundations who each share their insights and lessons learned from organising accessible events that are inclusive for persons with disabilities. Alongside the case studies is a checklist for events planners to use when organising accessible events, both offline and online, covering everything from initial planning, through to communications around the event, venues, and sessions. A set of recommendations on how to make the process easier and more efficient is also included.English version: https://efc.issuelab.org/resource/how-do-they-do-it-efc-members-share-good-practice-on-organising-accessible-events.html

Arts and Culture; Disability

Participatory Philanthropy : Six Foundations' Journeys

October 1, 2020

In September 2020, Heather Hamilton, Executive Director of Elevate Children Funders Group, interviewed six members of the network about their journey towards participatory philanthropy, particularly engaging children and youth. This is what they said. 

Children and Youth; Community Philanthropy; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

The Rationale for Sponsoring Students to Undertake International Study: An Assessment of National Student Mobility Scholarship Programmes

May 1, 2019

This research, driven in partnership by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), looks at the reasons why some national governments invest in supporting outward mobility scholarship programmes. The study aims to improve our understanding of why governments sponsor these programmes; how they are designed, administered, and funded; who participates and where they study; and what impact the programmes are having.The report contains detailed case studies of 11 countries and their approaches to national outward mobility scholarship programmes, with comparative case study analysis and recommendations for countries looking to establish or develop outward mobility scholarship programmes.

Education

Girls to the Front : A Snapshot of Girl-led Organising : Case Studies

December 1, 2018

11 case studies that highlight the outstanding work girls have been doing around the world. Rather than being selected by the report's funders and researchers, these case studies were selected and prepared by the Girl Advisors involved in the Girls to the Front research study.

Children and Youth; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Scenarios for EU Citizenship in 2030. Repertoires for Action in Thinkable Futures

September 3, 2018

European Union (EU) citizenship is both about a legal status - a set of civil, social, economic and political rights complementing one's national citizenship - and about being an active participating member of the EU political community. EU citizenship includes therefore influencing decisionmaking on rules, policies and practices that effect one's own national and local societies. The opportunities and capacities to exercise these rights and to participate differ between countries, between groups and in time. Social, cultural and economic trends, national or regional crises, as well as national and EU policy responses to these trends and crises, create potentially new inequalities, new barriers, but possibly new opportunities too. Although we cannot predict the future, we can prepare ourselves for different thinkable futures. Through this study we intend to feed the discussion on what might happen with EU citizenship in different circumstances. Moreover, by doing so we also want to stimulate the discussion on what repertoires of action by which actors in what circumstances might protect, foster or boost EU citizenship in these alternative futures.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Nicaragua

April 1, 2018

This online story, published by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, is part of the 'Historical Cases' series. It intends to collect lessons from the past experience of the foundation in Nicaragua from 1981 to 2008.Learning questions raised by this story include:How can we best take advantage of historical moments in a country to accelerate progress towards scale? How does this factor into our own decision making?How to diversify our partnerships and our approaches (for example, advocacy versus field projects) to ensure continuity throughout inevitable political changes in government?When making plans for scale, is it always desirable to aim for universalisation? Or is it better – from a quality standpoint – to advocate for a more targeted approach to specific populations of children and families?

Children and Youth; Education; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Prospects for e-democracy in Europe

February 1, 2018

The drivers behind e-participation are digitalisation, the development of digital tools that can be usedfor citizen involvement – social media, deliberative software, e-voting systems, etc. – and growingaccess to the internet. In European countries, especially those that rank prominently among the top 50performers, citizens have more and more opportunities to have their say in government and politics.According to the UN, the largest share of e-participation initiatives relates to central and localgovernments giving access to public sector information and public consultation via digital tools.Recently there has been a growing focus on citizen involvement in policy making, although progressin this field has been modest so far.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Global Philanthropy Data Charter - Community Chest Case Study

September 19, 2017

The Charter was created as part of a collaborative process to help guide the philanthropic sector's data-related work and instil a data culture. The updated Charter it is soon to be released as a toolkit along with 4 of our Members' Case Studies – as the last organization to present its case study, the Community Chest of the Western Cape presents us the results of a survey conducted in 2015 amongst 10 Cape Flats schools to investigate patterns of absenteeism due to menstruation and other sexual education and feminine health issues. 

Knowledge and Data Management

Family Ties: Multigenerational Family Foundation Board Engagement

June 13, 2017

Based on interviews with CEOs and family board chairs at seven large, multigenerational family foundations, this publication spotlights the governance practices and structures that these family foundations have created to maintain family involvement; select, orient, and engage family members across generations; and keep the board and foundation focused on impact.

Family Philanthropy; Governance, Boards and Strategy

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