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It's all about you(th): the transformative power of youth participation and leadership for community foundations

Online Thematic Meeting “Young People in Governance: Examples from the Field”, 27th June 2024
Meeting in Ghent, 11-13th September 2024

Thematic meeting

"It's all about you(th): the transformative power of youth participation & leadership for community foundations" 

Join us for this two-days event that will center why and how European community foundations can foster young people leadership, empower and involve them in decision-making to build fairer, more equitable and thriving communities. 

Organised by ECFI in collaboration with Streekfonds Oostvlaanderen and with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation, this interactive conference will bring together practitioners from the community philanthropy field, youth organisations and other philanthropic actors. It will give the opportunity to exchange and interact with peers, share ideas and experience and reflect on how your organisation can better and more meaningfully attract and involve young people. 


We will be soon sharing the detaild agenda but in the meanwhile you can find here the main information, first organisations as confirmed speakers and building blocks.


The Thursday's panels and working groups will take place at De Kazerne, 15 minutes on foot from Gent-Sint-Pieters. We will also access different places in the city: Ghent is a small walkable city and we will be based in central parts, easy to access by public transport as well.



By train: If you decide to go by train, you can reach Brussels first, that has several international connections. From Brussels, there are frequent connections to Gent Sint Pieters, the city main station. 

By plane: The nearest airports are: 

  • Brussels Airport (Brussels-Zaventem), where direct trains will get you to Ghent city center 
  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport, from where direct buses go to Ghent (check Flibco for instance) 


To partially cover the direct organisational cost (meals, transfers, venues, other costs), we ask participant to pay a participation fee that is: 

  • 100€ for community foundations and community foundations support organisations 
  • 100€ for youth organisations (With youth organisations we mean organisations youth-led (with majority of young people, aged under 35, in the governing body) who focus and work with young people)
  • 200€ for philanthropic organisations, other civil society organisations and individual consultants 

If you have any doubts in which category your organisation falls into, do reach out to Francesca Mereta (francesca[at]communityfoundations[punkt]eu

You can register through this form. Once you have registered; you will receive from the ECFI team the invoice for the fee payment.  

Note that tickets are not refundable; however, they can be transferred to someone in your organisation. 

Registration closes on the 14th of August or up to venue capacity. 


Road to Ghent: Upcoming Online Meeting: Young People in Governance

The road to Ghent continues with a second online meeting focusing on the meaningful involvement of young people in community foundations. “Young People in Governance: Examples from the Field” will take place on 27th June from 3.00 – 4.30 pm CET. Nevenka Girova from the Local Community Development Foundation, Stip (North Macedonia), and Grace Hanley from the Heart of Bucks Community Foundation (UK) will prompt the conversation with insights from their experiences. Young and not-so-young are welcome to join – register here.

Recap of Our Kick-off Online Meeting

We kicked-off the journey to Ghent with an online meeting "Empowering young people as active participants and decision-makers in community foundations: from fundamentals (why) to examples of practice (how)", where along with representatives of Elevate Children Funders Group, we explored the fundamentals of their toolkit, Weaving a collective tapestry – A funders toolkit for child and youth participation, which aims to build an appreciation of the value of meaningful involvement of children and young people, and to offer ways to improve practice.