AGGIORNAMENTO DEL 28/04
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LEARNING BY SWIMMING IN THE DEEP END
This should be the start of the swimathon season – fundraising galas, which now sadly cannot take place. These, and other events run by community foundations around Europe, not only raise money but are an opportunity to raise profile, through demonstrating what community foundations do and they engage donors, staff, volunteers, beneficiaries and other stakeholders around their organisation and execution. Whether planning a swimathon or not, we are all now together in the deep end, and if we believe in ‘necessity as the mother of invention’ then some good must come from our predicament. Being forced to work in ways that were previously unimaginable, being required to address challenges beyond anyone’s foresight, and having to scrap plans and budgets, has presented challenges that have tested resilience but also offered opportunities. In this ECFI News we try to focus on the lessons and potential positive outcomes from the impact of Coronavirus on community foundations.
Anja Böllhoff and James Magowan
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE FIELD
Community Foundations through and beyond COVID-19
A discussion with 19 community foundation support organisations across Europe helped us collate experience and learning and to set out how supporting infrastructure contributes to adding value, voice and collective impact. The visual harvest provides a summary of the discussion on which you can overlay your own story.
ECFI ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Resources for funders
Perhaps a top pick in our regularly updated Community Foundations and Coronavirus resource page, is the blog by Cassie Robinson entitled ‘11 things on my mind as a funder’ all of which are relevant for community foundations. This can be found among selected useful resources here.
The SDGs are good for you
|The Coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the value of local action and the role it plays in addressing global issues. The SDGs and the pledge to ‘leave no-one behind’ are now more relevant than ever. We have restructured our workshops on how community foundations can embrace the SDGs, so they can be delivered online.|
OTHER NEWS AND RESOURCES
The crucial role of community foundations
In a review by Candid, of the work of institutional foundations through economic crises over the past 40 years, the role of community foundations stands out. In his blog, Larry McGill suggests ‘it is worth considering how the field as a whole might shore up their work by supporting their efforts on the front lines’.
DALLO SFORZO CONGIUNTO DELLE RETI EUROPEE DELLA FILANTROPIA E DEL SOCIAL INVESTMENT, NASCE LA PIATTAFORMA UNITUS EUROPE
Le reti europee della filantropia e del social investment DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe), EFC (European Foundation Centre), EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association), GSG (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment) e NEF (Network of European Foundations) si sono alleate per creare Unitus Europe.
Ponendo un’attenzione particolare alle attività transnazionali e transfrontaliere, la piattaforma Unitus Europe vuole essere una guida e un supporto per coloro che stanziano finanziamenti in risposta all’emergenza, come ad esempio le fondazioni, social investors, e gli investitori pubblici.
Unitus Europe ha l’obiettivo di diventare uno spazio di condivisione, raccolta e messa a sistema delle diverse iniziative, risorse e good practice; una piattaforma in cui poter approfondire e ottenere nuovi spunti grazie all’apprendimento tra pari e in grado di facilitare l’incontro tra domanda e offerta.