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The Princess of Asturias Foundation

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The Foundation


The Prince of Asturias Foundation joins the European Foundation Centre, the most representative association in this sector in Europe


The EFC groups together over 230 philanthropic institutions from 40countries in Europe, America, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation has become a member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the foundation sector’s most representative association within Europe. The Asturian institution has thus become part of an international working forum in which some of the foundations of greater relevance and international scope in the European Union and other countries share their experience and knowledge and work together to achieve greater success in their philanthropic activities.

The EFC, founded in 1989 and whose headquarters are in Brussels, has over 230 members in 40 countries, including both private and corporate institutions. Although the majority of its affiliates are European (86%), it also has members in America, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The EFC’s aims include professional capacity-building through the principles of good practice that all its members must follow, the study of the legal and fiscal framework of foundations and participation in the development of said framework within the scope of EU legislation with the purpose of advancing the international activity of foundations, the exchange of knowledge and information and the recognition of the work carried out, as well as of promoting collaboration among the foundations themselves and among these and other social agents.

On a wider scale, the EFC has collaboration agreements for developing joint strategies with philanthropic associations and networks throughout the world, such as the Arab Foundation Forum, the Pacific Asia Philanthropy Consortium, the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy, the US Council of Foundations, the Group of Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises of Brazil, Philanthropy Australia, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), the European Venture Philanthropy Association, the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development in Germany, the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation and Global Health Europe.

As part of this spirit of fostering cooperation among institutions, the EFC hosts the secretariat of the Donors and Foundations’ Networks in Europe (DAFNE), founded in 2006, which integrates the national foundation associations and centres of Germany, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.

It also coordinates the European Forum on Philanthropy and Research Funding, set up in 2007 with the support of the European Council.

In addition now to the Prince of Asturias Foundation, EFC members include the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2006 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation), the Ford Foundation (USA), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), the Global Fund for Women (USA), the Pasteur Institute (France), the Jerusalem Foundation (Israel), the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (Belgium), the Medicines for Malaria Venture (Switzerland), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Prince Bernard Fund Culture (The Netherlands), the United Nations Foundation (USA) and the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey. Some of the Spanish institutions affiliated to the EFC are the European Academy of Yuste, Instituto de Empresa, Juan March, Luis Vives, ONCE, Pedro Barrié de la Maza, MAPFRE and Ramón Areces foundations.

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