Jul 17, 2020
In this episode - the second in our mini-series on “European
philanthropy during and after COVID” – we talk to James Magowan
from The European Community Foundation Initiative about the unique
role of Community Foundations (CF) in the pandemic response and
- What is ECFI and what does it do?
- What is the history and current landscape for CFs across
- How do the cultures, histories and legal/policy environments
for philanthropy vary across Europe? How does this affect the
make-up of CFs in different places?
- Does this present any challenges in terms of positioning CFs as
a coherent “movement”?
- Are there commonalties? I.e. is it meaningful to talk about
- What kind of philanthropic responses have we seen across Europe
to the challenges posed by covid-19? What role have CFs
- Has the focus on CFs during the pandemic been too transactional
(i.e. focused on their role as distributors of funding), and does
this risk undermining their other roles as community anchors and
- What is the role of infrastructure bodies in helping civil
society organisations and funders navigate and adapt to a
- What elements of infrastructure are required for a healthy
culture of philanthropy and a vibrant civil society?
- Should CFs be considered as “infrastructure”?
- Has the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to coordinate responses
effectively increased awareness of the value of
- Do we need to make a renewed case for the value of
infrastructure and the need to ensure it is properly funded?