Managing risks and adapting support: foundations’ responses to new threats

The ninth meeting will be held on 28 and 29 March 2019 at the Fondation de France in Paris.

Foundations in Europe can no longer remain passive in the face of the rising tide of popular dissent and political extremism that threaten the governability of our societies and the conditions in which philanthropy operates. Not a single country is immune to the risks of shrinking civic space, attacks on independent and quality media, manipulations in the public debate, increasing xenophobia, the vanishing of the European dream or attacks on solidarity between people.

The starting point of our in-depth discussions will be five inspiring examples of frontline initiatives that address these threats in strategic ways. Through the lens of a high-level learning circle, the meeting will review what can be done to address the root causes of the problem and enable philanthropy to flourish in an increasingly challenging environment.

  • CAF – Charities Aid Foundation (Michael Mapstone, Director of International): Fit for the Future: Managing risks to produce an effective enabling environment for civil society. For over 90 years, CAF has been working globally to help donors, companies and charities make a bigger impact. Michael will present how CAF is embracing global change to meet the risks philanthropy and civil society face and is working to understanding the opportunities and risks new technology can (and will) bring.
  • Act On Your Future Foundation (Keyvan Ghavami, Co-founder and Executive Director): Using art at local level as an innovative practice to promote democratic values and refugees’ integration
  • Reporters Sans Frontières (Christophe Deloire, Director General and Secretary General) and Fondation de France (Martin Spitz, Head of International Solidarities, Emergencies, Solidarity Economy and Environment): Two initiatives to defend freedom of information and journalism: the Commission on Information and Democracy, and the Journalism Trust Initiative.
  • Open Society European Policy Institute (Natacha Kazatchkine Head of Team, EU Internal Policies): How to sustain work aligned with mission, and support to grantees in a context of frontal attacks by a hostile government: challenges and lessons learnt from Open Society Foundation‘s work on and in Hungary
  • Ariadne (Julie Broome, Director): The Annual Forecast for the social change and human rights sector and the first-ever study on philanthropic community’s response to discrimination and increasing violence and the need for greater cultural understanding, inclusion, and equity