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Jul 31, 2020

 In this episode - the fourth in our mini-series on “European philanthropy during and after COVID” – we speak to Carola Carazzone, Secretary General of Assifero, about philanthropy in Italy and beyond. Including

  • What is the history and current context for philanthropy in Italy?
  • How does this differ from the cultures, histories and legal/policy environments for philanthropy in other places across Europe?
  • Are there commonalties? I.e. is it meaningful to talk about “European philanthropy”?
  • What is the balance between local, regional, national and international approaches in Italian philanthropic funding?
  • What is the attitude of the Italian government towards philanthropy?
  • What kind of philanthropic responses to the covid-19 crisis have we seen in Italy? What challenges have they faced?
  • What is the role of infrastructure bodies in helping civil society organisations and funders navigate and adapt to a rapidly-changing environment?
  • Has the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to coordinate responses effectively increased awareness of the value of infrastructure?
  • What elements of infrastructure are required for a healthy culture of philanthropy and a vibrant civil society?
  • Do we need to make a renewed case for the value of infrastructure and the need to ensure it is properly funded?


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