European philanthropy infrastructure

Promoting collaboration between foundations in Europe.

Philanthropy and the role it plays in democratic societies needs to be recognised and supported. This is the challenge for philanthropic organisations which, throughout Europe, are mobilising their expertise, knowledge and networks. However, in order to be successful, philanthropy needs a strong and effective infrastructure that encourages collaboration. The King Baudouin Foundation pursues such an approach, working with over 50 European institutions, defending the interests of the sector as well as enhancing its transparency and impact.

Our activities

  • we support several organisations: the European Foundation Centre (EFC), an association of European foundations and an important platform for networking and knowledge exchange between European foundations; the Network of European Foundations (NEF), an operational base for joint projects in Europe; the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) and the Donors and Foundations Networks Europe (Dafne)
  • and we initiate debate on reform relating to the future infrastructure of European philanthropy.

European philanthropy infrastructure is part of the programme Europe


Alliance Publishing Trust

Alliance magazine: facilitating information exchange to maximise the impact of social funding.

Quarterly magazine, monthly events, weekly long- and daily short-form digital content with/for global philanthropists, social investors and others working for global social chang…

Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF)

2023 Annual contribution to the Network of European Foundations (NEF).

Strengthening philanthropic impact through the provision of space for collaboration, learning and re-granting through donor collaborative projects; ensuring NEF legal compliance.

Philanthropy Europe Association

Support for Philea's activities

Philea works towards a pluralist and just society and seeks support for projects such as 'Core Support for Philea 2023' and 'International Cooperation Network 2023'.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Support of European philanthropic infrastructure

The Foundation supports a stronger European Philanthropy Infrastructure to defend the interests of the sector, increase its transparency and enhance its impact.

Press Releases

People and planet first for new look EU Staff Fund

06 05 2022

Ahead of Europe Day 2022, the EU Staff Fund unveils its long-term vision for a fairer and more sustainable Europe, where caring for people and the planet go hand in hand.

Civitates grants €2,467,000 to 11 independent public-interest journalism organisations across Europe for a period of 3 years

01 07 2021