Speaking Up! Foundations and Advocacy in Europe
 

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European countries have very diverse traditions in philanthropy, and many foundations not only fund advocacy but directly influence policy agendas through their operational programmes. This guide explores how foundations do so through interactions with local and national governments as well as the European institutions.
 

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Regulatory constraints to advocacy in a sample of European countries
  • Brussels essentials
  • Cartoons of six different pathways of policy change
  • Seven concrete case studies
SAMPLE QUOTES

"The use of advocacy to inform public policy or systems change is an important grantmaking strategy for foundations dedicated to achieving sustainable social change."

– foundation executive

"There are ethical boundaries that foundations should never transgress."

– foundation manager

"Count on having to provide capacity building for advocacy both internally for your own staff and for grantees."

– programme manager

"We come with very concrete proposals on what these [EU] institutions could do, so that helps inform their strategies."

– programme manager

"I think that independent foundations and NGOs can be an important factor influencing policies and systems, but you have to have a very close connection to the actors and stakeholders on the ground and listen to them because if you are not well informed, you can easily do damage."

– programme manager