Jul 14, 2020
This episode kicks off a mini-series on European philanthropy
during and after COVID-19 pandemic, exploring how philanthropic
funders have responded to the crisis and how it might affect
philanthropy longer term. Our first conversation is with Max von
Abendroth, Director of DAFNE, and Rosa Gallego, Director of
International Relations at the Spanish Association of Foundations.
In a wide-ranging chat we covered many fascinating topics
- The rich and varied history of philanthropy across Europe and
how this has shaped the cultures of philanthropy and the legal and
regulatory environments we see today.
- Are there more similarities or differences between philanthropy
in different parts of Europe? To what extent does it make sense to
talk about “European philanthropy”?
- How much philanthropy takes place at a local, national or
international level in Europe?
- What has the philanthropic response across Europe to the
challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic been like?
- What particular role have community foundations played?
- What are funders doing to address the stark inequalities that
have been laid bare by the pandemic?
- Are funders and CSOs collaborating more as a result of the
crisis? How can we build on this longer term?
- Will the short-term shift towards funding core costs result in
- How can philanthropic funders make better use of data?
- Are new laws and restrictions imposed by governments to address
the public health challenges of the pandemic resulting in a
furthering shrinking of civic space in some countries? How
concerned should we be?
- Has the crisis highlighted the importance of philanthropic
- What are the elements of a healthy ecosystem of philanthropy
- Should philanthropy support organisations merely reflect the
views and interests of their members, or can they play a leadership
role and provide constructive challenge?
- How do we ensure that infrastructure is sustainable over the