Two major European philanthropy associations have converged to form Philea (the Philanthropy Europe Association), drawing together their knowledge and experience with the shared purpose of harnessing the immense multidimensional potential of philanthropy in Europe.
The two associations, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (Dafne) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) have worked collaboratively on several initiatives in the past including Philanthropy Advocacy – a policy engagement hub for the philanthropy sector. Working increasingly closely over the years, their convergence intends to further strengthen voice and reach, creating a stronger and unified platform for philanthropy.
Philea will nurture a diverse and inclusive ecosystem of philanthropic organisations and support networks in over 30 countries that work for the common good. It unites more than 10,000 public benefit foundations that seek to improve life for people and communities in Europe and around the world.
Delphine Moralis, incoming CEO of Philea and CEO of EFC, says:
“Philanthropy in Europe plays a unique, risk-taking role in sparking innovation and acting as a catalyst for good.
“Together we are stronger, and will strive to inspire, connect and represent the European philanthropy sector and enhance its role as a credible and trustworthy partner, today and tomorrow”
Max von Abendroth, incoming chief strategy officer of Philea and former executive director of Dafne, adds:
“Philea’s values reflect a commitment to the principles of trust, collaboration, transparency, innovation, inclusion and diversity – all of which are needed now more than ever considering the critical challenges our societies are facing”
The new body will sit under the presidency of Angel Font, corporate director of research and health at “la Caixa” Foundation and chair of EFC, with Carola Carazzone, secretary general of Assifero and Dafne chair, serving as vice president.
With members based across Europe and the world, the secretariat of Philea will remain at Philanthropy House in Brussels, where Dafne and the EFC have both been housed, along with several other philanthropy networks and organisations.
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