To celebrate the European Day of Foundations and Donors 2018, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in collaboration with the Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) is releasing a European edition of the school’s 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index.
“We are pleased to share the key findings of the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index in order to increase understanding of the vital role that philanthropy plays in addressing local and global issues,” said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “This report reveals that Europe fosters an increasingly wide range of philanthropic environments, and that any philanthropic efforts in this region should also be considered on a country-by-country basis.”
The special edition of the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index provides information about the philanthropic landscape of 30 European countries. The index measures regulatory, political, and socio-cultural environments through a standard instrument completed by country-based experts. The data offers accurate and timely information to help policy makers, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, the business community, and the public better understand the diversity and uniqueness of European philanthropy, by examining the incentives and barriers facing individuals and organizations involved in philanthropy.
DAFNE is proud to support the distribution of the European edition of the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index. As DAFNE Chair Felix Oldenburg has observed: “At a time of complex and urgent challenges in Europe, it is more important than ever to enhance collaborations across sectors and countries through philanthropy. The report offers unique insight into how countries might work together, and where challenges may arise—knowledge that is essential to maximizing philanthropy’s impact.”
Five key findings of the edition, identified by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, are:
- Reporting requirements for philanthropic organizations have become more rigorous to meet the standards of anti–money laundering and counter-terrorist financing guidelines and data protection regulations;
- There are a wide range of tax incentives available to individuals and corporations for supporting registered public-benefit organizations or charities;
- The European Union’s non-discrimination principle has established a more favorable legal environment for cross-border giving, however, the case law of the European Court of Justice has not achieved its full potential due to difficult and often burdensome reporting procedures;
- The political and socio-cultural environments for philanthropy differ significantly between Western and Eastern Europe;
- Innovative new vehicles such as impact investment, social entrepreneurships, crowdfunding, online giving, and corporate volunteering have accelerated the European philanthropic landscape.
The European Edition of the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index is accessible free of charge on the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Global Indices website.
DAFNE is Europe’s network of donors and foundations associations. With 26 member associations with a collective membership of more than 10,000 foundations and grant-makers, DAFNE is a leading voice of European foundations. It underpins individual activities of its members by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between the national associations. DAFNE is currently chaired by Felix Oldenburg, General Secretary of the Association of German Foundations.
Contact: Max von Abendroth, DAFNE Executive Director
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About Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change in the world. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research, and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, and the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. Follow us on Twitter@IUPhilanthropy and “Like” us on Facebook.
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