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Community Foundation Holzkirchen, Klaus Offermann
Marc Darchinger
Bereczky Sandor

Community Foundations in Europe

More than 600 community foundations in 23 countries around Europe mobilize and invest technical and financial resources in a specific geographical area.

What we do?

Peer Learning

Join the network of practitioners, researchers, experts and organizations beyond and share the knowledge within the European Community Foundation Network.

About peer learning

European Community Foundation Initiative

We are promoting the growth of community foundations across Europe. As a platform for communication, knowledge sharing, development and advocacy, we strengthen and support the field in Europe.

What is ECFI?
Mapping community foundations

A geographical overview of the European community foundations and their support organizations.

GCLS
Global Challenges Local Solutions

The Fund is a long-term grantmaking program, which supports community foundations and local philanthropic throughout Europe to address global challenges on the local level.

Conference in Cardiff
European Conference of Community Foundations

The first European Conference of Community Foundations, entitled Building Bridges for Local Good, will take place in Cardiff, Wales, UK, on 11/12 September 2017.

Our vision
Our vision is a world in which strong civil organizations work in peaceful harmony in order to improve communities and societies, starting at the local level. We want to provide the global movement of community foundations with a central contact point in Europe.
Our beliefs
We believe in community foundations as a vibrant form of civil self-organization. As foundations created for citizens by citizens, they are evidence of a strong and engaged civil society, contributing significantly to the local resolution of important social issues. Their capital endowment contributes to the sustainability of efforts on a local level. Infrastructural support is well-suited to promote the quantitative and qualitative development of community foundations as demonstrated by national organizations.
Our mission
As an umbrella initiative we build a network for community foundation associations and support organizations in Europe and encourage the launch of these organizations and their foundations. We promote and develop the community foundation movement in Europe by creating a strong and effective network and facilitating learning exchange and joint action among them.