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Relationship of trust is the true foundation of community building

This is an insight Attalah Kuttab and Bita Zerbes share after having participated in the first study trip of the European Community Foundation as ‘reflection writers’. In September 2016, the European Community Foundation Initiative invited 24 participants to visit Germany for one week to study the development of the community foundation movement within Germany.

The heterogeneous group of participants came from 16 European countries (Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and the UK) and all work for community foundations in their respective country in one way or other – whether as directors, general managers or staff members of an umbrella organisation. Germany proved an exciting host destination for this first study trip, not only because Germany has experienced East and West growing together since the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also because of the Europe-wide headlines it has made as the destination country of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

Read more at the alliance magazine blog.