Cancelled: Global Philanthropy Project at the European Foundation Centre
Annual General Assembly and Conference 2020

Vienna, Austria
Thursday, May 21 2:30-5:00pm CET
Location: Rosa-lila Villa

Message from the European Foundation Centre

The EFC has taken the difficult decision to postpone its 31st AGA and Conference, which was due to take place in Vienna from 20-22 May.

The safety of our delegates is of course of paramount importance, but we are also keen to ensure that we play our part in the global effort to help contain the spread of the virus.  Radical prevention is most effective now, before the summer, to avoid a worsening of the situation. We feel strongly that acting swiftly and decisively now, albeit with heavy hearts, is the smartest and most responsible thing to do to make sure we have played our part in trying to restrict the impact of COVID-19.

The decision has been made as early as possible to try to limit inconvenience and costs to those of you who were planning to book travel and accommodation, or may have been weighing up your own decision on whether to attend the event in Vienna.  For those of you who have registered for the conference we will process conference fee refunds in the coming days; we would also like to remind you to cancel accommodation and flights.

We are currently assessing all possible contingency options, which include necessary governance and statutory meetings taking place virtually (these will take place in May this year and details will be shared in due course) and likely holding the conference in Vienna in 2021. We will of course keep you informed of any decisions as and when we are able to do so. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank ERSTE Stiftung and all those who have worked tirelessly on the design and organisation of the conference.

Please keep an eye on our latest announcements and updates via our website and social media. In turn, we are collecting information on how EFC members are dealing with the COVID-19 situation, if you have any information you would like to share please do so via this survey.

Dreilinden, Hil-Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Mama Cash and the Global Philanthropy Project will host a Cafe talk at the Rosa Lila Villa in Vienna. The Rosa Lila Villa is the center of LGBTI life in Vienna and an important historical epicenter of political and social life for European LGBTI people. This moderated conversation will dive deep into the lived experiences and financing modalities and inequities and funding opportunities to support LGBTI people in Europe.

The proposed discussions will be guided by the 2017/2018 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, GPP’s a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report, which will be released in May 2020, will capture data on more than 15,000 grants awarded by more than 600 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by nearly 20 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017-2018. The report and discussions will provide detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI global funding. The bi-annual Global Resources Report provides governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, philanthropy and corporate foundations with the most detailed and accurate understanding of the global funding landscape on LGBTI issues. This session will focus on data regarding the Council of Europe States. 

Foundation Sponsors of the proposal: Dreilinden, Hil-Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Mama Cash


Register now for the European Foundation Centre Annual Conference and GPP’s Coffeehouse! Registration will remain open until tickets sell out. 

About Coffeehouse Talks

The Viennese coffeehouse culture as a “typical social practice” has been officially included in the list of UNESCO’s national intangible cultural heritage since 10 November 2011. The Viennese coffeehouses are places of daily exchange for their guests. Here you keep yourself up-to-date and discuss the current developments of your private life and the world at large. The typical Viennese coffeehouse was not only a place for drinks and (less so) food, but also an alternative living and working room, open from morning to night, where regulars could be reached by telephone, have their mail sent to them, and received visits. Coffee houses provided address and telephone directories, timetables and encyclopaedias. Until today there is a variety of newspapers and magazines to read on offer as well as entertainment to fuel not only but also artists’ and politicians’ minds when discussing a better, or at least, different world. 

The EFC Coffeehouse Talks are short sessions of small groups around coffeehouse tables experts and peers from the philanthropic and civil society world will discuss with you topics of importance for our societies over a cup of coffee (or tea) and typical Viennese pastries.

The Coffehouse Talks are limited to 30 participants each. Please register as soon as possible for your favourite talk. 


Date: Thursday, May 21 2:30-5:00pm CET

Rosa Lila Villa (also known as Türkis Rosa Lila Villa)

  • The center of gay and lesbian life in Vienna with information points
  • Address: Linke Wienzeile 102, 1060 Wien, Austria