Foundation Networks

Networking means also to get in touch with other foundations and to learn and experience how the others do. Currently ERSTE Foundation is member of six umbrella organisations for foundations.
Foundation Networks

European Foundation Centre
The efc is an international association of foundations and corporate funders dedicated to creating an enabling legal and fiscal environment for foundations, documenting the foundation landscape, strengthening the infrastructure of the sector and promoting collaboration, both among foundations and between foundations and other actors. ERSTE Foundation is the only Austrian foundation among altogether 236 members from 40 countries (data from 2010) around the world, most of them based in Europe.
European Venture Philanthropy Association
The EVPA is a membership association made up of organisations interested in or practicing venture philanthropy and social investment across Europe. Established in 2004, the association is a unique network of venture philanthropy organisations and others committed to practicing and promoting high-engagement grant making and social investment in Europe. EVPA defines Venture Philanthropy as an approach to build stronger societal purpose organisations by providing them with both financial and non-financial support in order to increase their societal impact. ERSTE Foundation is one of two Austrian members.
Network of European Foundations
The NEF acts as an operational platform to develop projects and initiatives between foundations and other types of organised philanthropy. ERSTE Foundation is the only Austrian foundation among 13 distinguished members.
Society for Organizational Learning
SoL is an intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A not-for-profit, member-governed corporation, SoL is devoted to the interdependent development of people and their institutions in service of inspired performance and meaningful results. SoL serves as a space in which individuals and institutions can create together that which they cannot create alone.

In Austria:

Verband Österreichischer Privatstiftungen (VÖP)
ERSTE Foundation is member of the Association of Austrian Private Foundations.

ERSTE Foundation is also the biggest member of a network of Austrian Private Foundations of Savings Banks (Österreichische Sparkassen-Privatstiftungen). These foundations are not organised in any association but they were founded under the same legal conditions and referring all to the social business tradition of the savings banks, obliged to work for the common good.
Their activities are displayed at a common web platform. Within this network we are internationally related to the World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) and the European Savings Bank Group (ESBG).