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


Philanthropy Europe Association

Gender Equality Thematic Network: a knowledge hub for Philea members.

Provision of a safe space for networking, peer-learning and collaboration: building understanding, knowledge and skills of Philea members.

Philanthropy Europe Association

Support for Philanthropy Europe Association (Philea) 2022.

Support for Philea, an association of some 10,000 foundations, charitable organisations and various inclusive networks that work for the common good in 30 countries.

Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF)

EFC-Dafne Philanthropy Advocacy initiative 2020

Support a joint philanthropy initiative to advocate a philanthropy-friendly environment to EU decision makers.

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