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Plenary: Philanthropy Associations & Networks Taking a Leadership Role on Complex Societal Issues

Publication date: 
July, 2016

Presenters: David Emerson, Chief Executive, Association of Charitable Foundations, UK; Rosa Gallego, Director of International Relations, Regional Councils and Finance, Asociación Española de Fundaciones, Spain; Anca Ilutiu, Head of Legal, Tax and Regulatory, French Foundation Centre, France; James Magowan, Coordinating Director, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and Daranee Petsod, President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Moderator: David Biemesderfer, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Against a backdrop of the “shrinking space” for civil society, philanthropy associations and networks play an increasingly important role in helping their members address societal issues that are complex and publicly and politically sensitive. This session will explore current challenges and lessons by reflecting on experience, based on case studies in Europe and the United States related to philanthropy's role in tackling issues arising from terrorism and migration/immigration.  These experiences bring up sensitive issues, including those related to race, equity and inclusion, and can force PSOs and foundations to rethink their role and to consider how they can enhance their effectiveness and impact.

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