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Giving Back to Communities of Residence and of Origin : An Analysis of Remittances and Charitable Donations in the UK

January 1, 2013

It reports the results of research on the different ways in which migrant and minority groups in the UK give, which are largely unacknowledged or underestimated in traditional giving surveys. Focussing mainly on money sent overseas and charitable donations in the UK, the findings provide a new and more comprehensive picture of giving by the UK's migrant and minoritygroups. They show both their generosity and sense of community responsibility. In a period of economic stress in the UK, with renewed awareness of the need to give back to the community and government support for policy and practice to promote it, the findings are timely. They show that patterns and models of giving amongst the UK's migrant and minority population should be better valued, celebrated, shared and supported.

Giving and Volunteering; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Private Battles

January 1, 2013

Story of the Rockefeller Foundation during the Second World War.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

The Art of Difference. From Europe As a Cultural Project to EU Policies for Culture

January 1, 2011

The Art of Difference is a compelling series of reflections by an engaged, steadfast and fervent European. The chapters, in words and images, juxtapose personal travels and travails and reflect the flow and intersection of people and ideas. Crisscrossing Europe, Gottfried Wagner considers the value and future of the EU from every angle -- from an underground theatre in Belarus to the manifestations of the European Capitals of Culture. Citing his 'conversion' from sceptic to advocate, the essays trace both a personal and a European development -- a movement from Europe as a cultural project to the need for EU policies for culture. Significantly, they also underline the importance of moving from reflection to action. While individuals can (and do) champion the European project and can fuel the debate, the arguments need to resonate across the breadth of Europe, within and beyond the EU. While there have indeed been some remarkable achievements, we have reached a moment when it is even more urgent to speak out, to face the sceptics head?on and support the development of cultural policies in the EU

Arts and Culture

Raymond Georis : A Quiet European Gardener

January 1, 2011

In this book length profile of Raymond Georis, author David Watkiss and editor Dianna Rienstra, offer a multifaceted profile of the former ECF Secretary-General who was instrumental in the foundation of many institutions across Europe and bringing people together. Based on hours of interviews with the subject and extensive research, A Quiet Gardener is full of insight and a fascinating look into the history of cultural politics of Europe. 

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Understanding European Research Foundations : Findings from the FOREMAP Project

January 1, 2009

This report outlines the results of the initial FOREMAP mapping, with details on volumes of funding, scientific fields of focus, perceived roles, etc. Drawing on discussions held within the European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding, the report also provides a general overview of some of the key characteristics of research foundations in Europe. Also featured are essays on the challenges of mapping foundations in general and more specifically in the field of R&D, and on understanding the current and future role that foundations can play in supporting research in Europe. The main objective of this report is to increase understanding and awareness among research stakeholders of foundations and their role in supporting research. As such the report is mainly directed at foundation executives, civil servants involved in research policy, researchers, research managers, university presidents, and anyone with a stake in European research, including those individuals and corporations considering setting up their own foundations.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Science and Technology

Philanthropy in Europe: a Rich Past, a Promising Future

January 1, 2008

The purpose of this book is to showcase the rich diversity of the European foundation sector and to profile some of the personalities behind its evolution. The book's essays invite readers to explore some of the complex dynamics of the sector. The essays shed light on the various theories of change that foundations are following in their approach to civil society, science and research, and the market.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

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