Conference: Foundations and the New Normal

How to Innovate Philanthropy?

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31st EFC Annual General Assembly and Conference 2020


The 31st EFC AGA and Conference 2020 will take place in Vienna on 20-22 May with the theme ”Foundations and the new normal – How to innovate philanthropy?”.

Conference theme – Changing contexts have brought about a “New Normal”

The last decade has seen momentous changes as well as gradual developments in Europe that have deeply altered the contexts – economic, political, societal and environmental – in which philanthropy carries out its activities as an essential part of civil society, in particular as a bridge to the public and private sectors. In essence, we need to determine why and how foundations can matter today, and what philanthropy can offer in specific terms under particular circumstances to innovate, create and move open, democratic, liberal and caring societies in Europe and beyond.

The 4 thematic tracks: Climate, Democracy, Society and Philanthropy

To begin to answer these questions in light of the changed contexts in which we find ourselves, this year’s EFC annual conference will feature a new format. The discussions will be focused within 4 tracks dealing with the key and most urgent issues facing society and the community of philanthropic foundations. These tracks, which will run parallel throughout the conference, will be moderated by an expert who is widely recognised in the field, and each will consider the four underlying themes of culture, digital agenda, education and civic engagement.

Award-winning trailer produced by ERSTE Foundation for the 31st EFC Conference. The trailer features the Austrian artist and musician, André Heller and Kenan, a Syrian refugee living in Vienna and won an Silver Dolphin Award at the 2019 Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards.

Conference registration

For conference registration and more information please visit the European Foundation Centre homepage.

European Foundation Centre

As a leading platform for philanthropy in Europe, the EFC works to strengthen the sector and make the case for institutional philanthropy as a formidable means of effecting change.

Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference

The EFC’s annual conference gives members the chance to meet with over 650 professionals and representatives from philanthropy, corporates, (I)NGOs, EU and multilateral institutions, think tanks and the media. Participants share, learn and explore together new ideas and approaches to tackling the urgent challenges of our times, forging connections that last well beyond the conference.

31st EFC AGA and Conference 2020, Vienna

The event is held in a different European city each year, rotating back to Brussels regularly to give delegates a chance to engage in the EFC’s ongoing advocacy work with the EU institutions and policymakers.

The 2020 EFC AGA Conference will be held in Vienna and is hosted by a host committee headed by ERSTE Foundation.

Cover picture: © European Foundation Centre