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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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Dare to Anticipate : How Mercator Foundation Switzerland Made Strategic Foresight Part of Its Organisational Culture : Case Study

January 1, 2024

The Mercator Foundation Switzerland (Stiftung Mercator Schweiz) has abandoned five-year strategy cycles and embraced an agile, iterative strategy model that builds upon testing and learning.This case study is part of Philea's Futures Philanthropy series - a selection of hands-on, practical insights into emerging forward-thinking, long-term, innovative practices in the European philanthropy sector. This material provides a foundation for contributing to building futures thinking in the philanthropic field.

Environment and Sustainable Development; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Governance, Boards and Strategy; International Affairs, Global Challenges
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Data Dive into the Cost-of-Living

November 1, 2022

Just as Europe is moving from emergency mode to recovery from the devastating effects of Covid-19, the continent is now preparing for a new era of discontent brought on by a growing cost-of-living crisis. Inflationary pressure is becoming more persistent and broad-based. Funders are now turning their attention to how to collectively mitigate the impact being felt by communities as well as their employees and grantee partners.Philea provides this data dive into available research and statistics alongside insights from philanthropic actors to inform its members about the scale and disparities of the problem as well as practical steps being taken by funders and their long-term considerations. 

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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

Learning Through Play: Increasing impact, Reducing inequality

January 1, 2021

What is the potential of children's play to promote equality in outcomes and address learning gaps between children from more advantaged and less advantaged backgrounds? Drawing evidence from early childhood learning programmes across 18 countries, as well as from interviews with the authors of various contributing studies, this report aims to understand whether and how the evidence about play and learning relates to tackling the learning crisis, especially in terms of inequality in learning outcomes around the globe.This report published by the LEGO Foundation shows that play not only helps children learn, it also supports inclusion, and reduces inequality, therefore demonstrating that policymakers and international organisations need to pay close attention to play. Building on their findings, the authors suggest four areas for future investment, innovation and investigation.

Education; Evaluation and Learning; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

The SDG Giving Landscape: An Insight into Philanthropic Giving to the SDGs

October 24, 2019

CAF America's report explores the SDG landscape that has emerged based on its donors' philanthropic giving since the goals entered into force on January 1st, 2016. It looks at the SDGs that rose to the top based on the level of support received and provides a window into how priorities have shifted year-by-year. In a regional and source-based setting, the report tracks the charitable giving of corporate, foundation, and individual donors through CAF America.

International Affairs, Global Challenges

Innovative Financing for Social Entrepreneurs

October 7, 2019

This report released by Siemens Stiftung shines a spotlight on imperative solutions for social development's biggest hurdle: financing. The report is the result of an international expert round table which took place in Cairo in conjunction with the 2019 empowering people. Award ceremony on July 11. Involved in the round table were social entrepreneurs from around the globe, leading experts from the fields of social finance, development politics, philanthropy, and technologies for development. Based on their fresh perspectives and expertise, promising solutions and ideas came from these discussions, including two recurrent themes having potential to impact social entrepreneurs: partially-automated data generation systems and matchmaking by pooling different sources of capital.

Socio-economic Development, Poverty; Venture Philanthropy

Open Innovation Platforms for Sustainable Development

April 25, 2019

The 2030 Agenda calls for transformational change and a new approach to supporting development. Open Innovation Platforms represent a departure from traditional, projectbased, "business-as-usual" efforts, recognizing that new approaches to address deep systemic development issues are necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Environment and Sustainable Development; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Quantifying Kindness, Public Engagement and Place

November 1, 2018

Quantifying kindness, public engagement and place presents findings from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness in communities and public services. The data reveals a reassuring and yet complex picture of kindness in the UK and Ireland, with generally high levels of kindness reported, but at the same time variations in experiences between jurisdictions and across social groups.The research also sheds light on how people describe the place they live in, revealing that two in five people in the UK self-identify as living in a town; and provides insights into people's sense of control over public services, and how they perceive and act upon various methods of public engagement.The data was collected by Ipsos MORI, on behalf of the Carnegie UK Trust; surveys were run with representative random sampling of approximately 1,000 people in each of the five legislative jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland

Health; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Re-energising Europe: A Package Deal for the EU27

November 1, 2017

The New Pact for Europe (NPE) initiative – launched in 2013 and steered by the King Baudouin Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe and the European Policy Centre, supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Open Estonia Foundation, the BMW Foundation and the Network of European Foundations – aims to rebuild trust through national and transnational dialogue and develop new common ground on the way forward for the European Union. After years of multiple crises, the EU27 should re-energise the European project. This third NPE report, which is the culmination of five years of work reflecting more than 120 national and transnational debates throughout Europe, argues that the EU27 should have the political will and courage to agree on an ambitious but realistic win-win package deal to overcome deadlocks and counter the danger of a more regressive, nationalistic, closed, illiberal and authoritarian Europe, the greatest challenge we are currently facing.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Giving a Sense of Place: Philanthropy and the Future of UK Civic Identity

September 18, 2017

The Charities Aid Foundation argues that philanthropy should be a central part of the discussion about the future of cities in the UK and makes specific recommendations to usher in a new golden age of civic giving. It recommends actions to be taken by central and local government, locally elected mayors, the public sector, philanthropists and charities. These include:-The development of a clear narrative about civic philanthropy-The establishment of Local Philanthropy Partnerships-The publication of a philanthropy strategy by regionally elected mayors and-The stimulation of a wider culture of giving in cities.

Community Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

What Next For Social Digital Innovation? Realising the Potential of People and Technology to Tackle Social Challenges

May 1, 2017

This report, and accompanying guide, produced as part of the DSI4EU project, maps the projects and organisations using technology to tackle social challenges across Europe, and explores the barriers to the growth of digital social innovation.

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

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