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Changing the role of philanthropy in Europe

The King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) is an American public charity associated with the Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), and a leading foundation in Europe named after Belgium’s late head of state. In 2015 KBFUS opened 48 new funds for donors and NGOs.

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On September 18th, 2016 KBFUS organized a 4 days’ workshop in Brussels with the aim to change the role of philanthropy in Europe. The program builds on KBFUS’ experience in facilitating thoughtful, effective giving to Europe and Africa. KBFUS enables U.S.-based donors to support their favourite causes and organisations overseas providing European and African NGOs with cost-effective solutions to raise funds in the US. Meanwhile, KBFUS’ educational programs present unique learning opportunities in the fields of fundraising and philanthropy.

During the 4 days, corporate grant makers met several times with the European Commission, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Europe, the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the European Venture Philanthropy Association, and the European Policy Centre (EPC) to discuss the main objectives of how philanthropy could be integrated in European realities in the most efficient way and to the maximum extent.

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During the 3rd day of the program, our colleague Inge Knapen, Close the Gap’s Operational Director participated in the Lunch discussion with Arrow’s CSR Global Director Joe Verrengia. The lively conversation touched Community involvement in Europe and how the US-based financial contributions could encourage the development of innovative projects, creating more opportunities for employees and fostering other collaborative activities.

We were delighted to attend this workshop, especially because it was the opportunity to share best practices for employee engagement.