EPSII – European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure

This comprehensive report brings together key findings concerning the present and future directions of EPSII organisations and activities.

Despite its high relevance the European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure (EPSII) is not a topic that is often in the headlines. But as we often take infrastructure like roads or electricity for granted (but wouldn’t want to miss it), the importance of infrastructure that helps to build an enabling environment, provide space for collaborations and offers services to professionalise the philanthropy and social investment sector should not be underestimated.

In its latest report we take a close look at this infrastructure. As the European ecosystem continues to grow and diversify, the need for a meta-analysis emerged to examine opportunities and challenges of it. What is the view on the current state of EPSII? What trends can be observed? What are future needs and expectations? How are infrastructure organisations currently structured and what are critical success factors and competencies to fulfil these needs and expectations? In order to answer these questions we reviewed 100 literature sources and interviewed 51 experts and stakeholders.

The comprehensive report brings together key findings concerning the present and future directions of EPSII organisations and activities. These findings should not only be considered as the results of thorough research. They are also a call to action for EPSII organisations, its members, its partners and its funders and the report is therefore a helpful resource for anyone interested in and/or concerned about the future of philanthropy and social investment in Europe.

This publication is based on a research study that was conducted between August-November 2018 by Beyond Philanthropy including: Managing Partner Michael Alberg-Seberich, Senior Advisor Filiz Bikmen, Senior Consultant Lea Buck, Analyst Johanna Fuhrhop and Consultant Alexander Gründler.

The study was commissioned by Adessium Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Fondation de France, King Baudouin Foundation (KBF), Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator. The study Steering Committee was led by Stefan Schäfers (KBF) and comprised of Max von Abendroth (DAFNE), Rui Esgaio (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Massimo Lapucci (EFC), Filipe Santos, (EVPA), Steven Serneels (EVPA), Rogier van der Weerd (Adessium Foundation). We would like to thank the Committee for their valuable guidance and critical inputs for this study, and all respondents for sharing their time and insights.

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We shared our key findings in a webinar on 11 April at 3pm CET 

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Michael Alberg-Seberich
Managing Partner
Wider Sense GmbH
Filiz Bikmen
Senior Advisor
to Wider Sense GmbH