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Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 5

April 1, 2021

This report is the most comprehensive study to date into support for environmental initiatives provided by European philanthropic foundations. It builds on the four earlier editions, increasing the number of foundations and grants being analysed, along with the total value of these grants.This 5th edition features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 127 European public-benefit foundations, who provided 5358 grants in 2018, worth a combined total of €745.6 million. These 127 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis
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Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 4

March 1, 2019

This report is the most comprehensive study to date into support for environmental initiatives provided by European philanthropic foundations. It builds on the three earlier editions, increasing the number of foundations and grants being analysed, along with the total value of these grants.This 4th edition features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 87 European public-benefit foundations, as compared to 75 in the previous edition. These 87 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Environmental Funding by European Foundations: Volume 3

September 29, 2016

This publication is the third volume published by the European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG), a Thematic Network of the EFC (European Foundation Centre). The report features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 75 European public-benefit foundations, as compared to 62 in the previous edition. These 75 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives, although there are undoubtedly additional foundations that could be included in a report of this kind. It should be noted that only foundations that have a defined environmental programme or mission were contacted for this project. The report focuses on the 2014 calendar year as this is the latest year for which comprehensive grants data could be obtained for all 75 foundations. Statistical data are included.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Foundations Got Talent! Workbook on Strategic Human Resource and Talent Management for Foundations

December 1, 2015

Although large foundations may have established "professional" HR functions, the integrated approach used in many foundations often means that there may not be an "HR specialist" on staff. This workbook is geared toward all those who have an interest in the way people performance can be maximised in support of their foundation's performance. It provides:A basic framework for strategic people practices: What it is and why it's important.Ideas on how to put people management and HR strategies into practice within a foundation.A tool to help identify which people management activities are working well and how to build on the organisation's achievements to increase the contribution people make to the organisation as a whole - this will also help to envisage what else can be done to support the transition process for a foundation that needs to change and develop.Some proven insights for a better understanding of the dynamic process of human and organisational development and the role of leadership in foundations.It can help your foundation:Review the way people management can add value to the foundation, both now and in the future.Identify internal factors and opportunities for HR to further support and manage organisational performance.Establish a framework for supporting organisational transition and development through effective people management activities.Ensure clarity about the people management issues that affect the organisation's performance.Develop sustainable yet flexible people management practices appropriate to a foundation.

Administration and Management

Making Your Money Work Harder : Social Investment Practices : An Introduction for Foundations

December 1, 2014

This is not meant to be an exhaustive, A -- Z guide about how to structure a foundation's social investment strategy, nor is it a report of a meeting on social impact bonds. This is a snapshot of foundation practitioners' attitudes about, apprehensions towards, and appreciation for loans, guarantees, and equity investments, i.e. funding and investment modalities other than grants and mainstream market investments as they are used to advance the missions of European foundations. Theinformation contained herein is based on the class discussions, lessons, and group- and homework assignments of the 2013 European Learning Lab in Milan, kindly hosted by Fondazione Cariplo, and its related activities (a 2014 Tiepolo foundation staff placement in London and workshop in Brussels).Its purpose is to be a companion or initial point of reference if you are considering how to make your money work harder.

Finance and Investment; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Foundations and Family Farming: Exploratory Study on Strategies, Operational Practices and Learning

October 1, 2014

The celebration of the IYFF (International Year of Family Farming 2014) gave impetus to a group of foundations to launch the European Foundations for Family Farming (E4F) initiative, with the support of the European Foundation Centre (EFC). This initiative seeks to raise the visibility of the family farming agenda among foundations, increase awareness of the role and contribution of foundations and their partners in this area, and create opportunities for connecting philanthropic actors with other key stakeholders and international processes on family farming. This report was commissioned to help inform and support these goals.The study is based on in-depth interviews with foundation representatives, a quick scan of foundations working on family farming and a literature review. For the in-depth case studies, 14 European foundations, 1 African foundation and 1 American foundation1 were interviewed on their strategies and operational choices, their perceptions towards and interventions in family farming, the role of foundations in family farming, types of collaboration they engage in and on their work on the three identified themes. Interviewees were also asked for some minimal, quantitative information and additional documents and websites were reviewed.A bibliography and a reference list are included.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Environment and Sustainable Development; Food and Agriculture; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Environmental Funding by European Foundations

November 1, 2013

This publication is the second volume published by the European Environmental Funders Group (EEFG), a Thematic Network of the EFC. The report features a detailed analysis of the environmental grants of 62 European public benefit foundations, as compared to 27 in the previous edition. These 62 foundations include many of Europe's largest providers of philanthropic grants for environmental initiatives, although there are undoubtedly additional foundations that could be included in a report of this kind. It should be noted that only foundations that have a defined environmental programme or mission were contacted for this project. The report focuses on the 2011 calendar year as this is the latest year for which comprehensive grants data could be obtained for all 62 foundations.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

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