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Here you will find information and resources for, and about, community foundations in Europe. There are stories from practitioners, reports from events, other publications and videos which draw on our analysis of the field and consolidate learning. This is presented in chronological order with the most recent appearing first. You can search Knowledge Centre by key word or by applying filters.

  • 01.2022

    Learning Lab 2021 - Community engagement, a crucial issue for community foundations

    by Ilaria de Cave, Assifero, Italy

    Research paper exploring why and how to engage young people, with examples from Italy.

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    CFCitizen engagement
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  • 12.2021

    Activities and learnings 2021

    by ECFI

    A review of activities and learnings and look ahead to how you can engage with ECFI in 2022

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    CFCFSO
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    Report
  • 11.2021

    Acting on Climate

    by ECFI

    A report from an ECFI workshop with links to resources and examples relevant actions being taken by community foundations in the areas of Communication, education & advocacy; Strategy, programming and funding; and Operations, endowments and assets.

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    CFEmbracing the SDGs
    Types
    Report
  • 11.2021

    From SDG Talk to Action

    by Francesca Mereta for ECFI

    A report on how ECFI has promoted a whole of organisation approach to embracing the SDGs. It contains tips and examples of how this has been applied in practice from a range of community foundations across Europe.

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    Embracing the SDGs
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    Report
  • 10.2021

    Community Foundations Embracing the SDGs

    Stories from across Europe by ECFI

    ECFI has been promoting a whole of organisation approach to embracing the SDGs. This report presents examples of practical actions of community foundations from Italy, Germany, Russia and UK in the areas of mission, investments, strategies and programmes, communications, and own operations.

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    Report
  • 09.2021

    UK Community Foundations: The power of connection

    by Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UKCF

    UKCF has shifted towards more permanent home working, with a staff team that is spread around the UK. While maintaining a head office base the team will meet periodically in different places, being hosted by member community foundations. This novel approach suits staff and connects the organisation with the field. Rosemary Macdonald writes about the experience and how it has the potential to strengthen connections.

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    CFSOCFResilienceCovid 19 – response and recovery
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    Blog
  • 07.2021

    Think-a-thon

    by Boris Strečanský, ECFI

    A reflection on the motivation of peer to peer fundraising and the significance of the value of participation in ‘thons’ as a demonstration of civic engagement and building of social capital

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    ResilienceCFSOCFFund Development
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    Blog
  • 06.2021

    Be Prepared, Be Brave, Begin

    by James Magowan, ECFI

    This is a personal reflection on ‘All In 2021’ – the Community Foundations of Canada bi-annual conference. It focuses on the challenges presented to the community foundation field and considers the relevance of these to a European context. It also highlights the important role of support infrastructure.

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    CF
    Types
    Blog
  • 06.2021

    Adapting two fundraising events into successful online versions

    by Oradea Community Foundation, Romania

    Report from ECFI's Action Learning – Digital transformation on adapting the activities to the online environment.

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    CFDigital transformation
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    Report
  • 06.2021

    Developing our first digital campaign targeting individual donors for support towards the community foundation

    by Bucharest Community Foundation, Romania

    Report from ECFI's Action Learning – Digital transformation on the development of a digital campaign targeting individual donors.

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    CFDigital transformation
    Types
    Report

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The ECFI Knowledge Centre is a place where you will find information and resources for, and about, community foundations in Europe. No two community foundations are the same, but they share certain characteristics and challenges. The animation and publications below draw on our analysis of the field and consolidate learning. As the movement grows and matures in Europe we will continue to build our collective knowledge and will regularly add to the publications here.

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