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What is ECFI?

The European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) is a collaborative initiative committed to strengthening and promoting the community foundation movement in Europe.

Community foundations operate at the critical intersections between issues as they affect people’s lives in a given locality. Place is at the heart of the work of community foundations, which connects all five dimensions of sustainable development.

ECFI is hosted by the German Association of Foundations.  We will work with Community Foundations (CFs) and Community Foundation Support Organisations (CFSOs) primarily through facilitating and stimulating interactions to enable learning, knowledge-building and empowerment.  ECFI is also engaged in the mapping and analysis of CF activities and in disseminating information that will facilitate development of the field. We strive to be a central point of contact for wider engagement within the global CF movement.

Financing for the initiative comes from a growing number of foundations which have included the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Porticus Foundation, the Mercator Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Körber Foundation and the Lipoid Foundation.