LSA is pleased to continue the tradition of exchanging best practices through study visits that the European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) and Community Foundations across Europe have developed over the last few years. From the 8th till the 12th of November you can explore the Netherlands and engage with Dutch community foundation practioners, without the time and cost of travel. A series of 2-hour online sessions covering the ecosystem for community foundations, and visits with topics such as community engagement, fundraising, participatory grantmaking, leadership transitions and agenda setting. We'll match every digital visit, with at least one partner from a European Community Foundation to reflect on their experience with similar themes.
There are three digital visits you can join. You can join just one that piques your interest, or join all three. To be able to fully participate, we do ask you to join the introductory session on the Monday as well. This will help you put the visits into context and will mean we’ll be able to have a more in-depth conversation during the visit.
Monday 8th of November – Putting Community Foundations in a Dutch Context
13.00 – 15.00
What does the movement of Community Foundations look like in The Netherlands? Is there one type of Community Foundation? (spoiler: no). How do they fit in with the wider philanthropic sector? And how is the development of community foundations affected by the political, cultural, social and economic traditions in The Netherlands? We’ll give you a quick overview of the context in which they operate.
Professor of Philanthropic Studies Theo Schuyt will share his latest insights on redefining the concept of philanthropy and the role of Community Foundations. Dutch stakeholders will share their vision on the cultural and politic context.
Tuesday 9th of November – CF Mensen Maken Amsterdam (digital visit)
13.00 – 15.00
Mensen Maken Amsterdam is an association of 7 neighbourhood based Community Foundations in Amsterdam. It started in 2012 with one fund and has slowly expanded to funds in other parts of the city. It is one of the few Community Foundations in the Netherlands with a small support organisation with paid members of staff. Funds are raised from partners varying from local authorities, to other funds and private companies. They have a strong focus on community engagement and community building and make use of participatory grantmaking.
Wednesday 10th of November – CF H.L. Druckerfonds Leiden (digital visit)
09.30 – 11.30
The H.L Druckerfonds is one of the older Community Foundations in the Netherlands. They were constituted in 1989, with an endowment from ‘Het Leidse Volkshuis’, and fund activities within the wider Leiden region. Their focus is on projects both new and innovative as well as those proven to be effective as long as they contribute to thriving and inclusive communities. The fund aims to respond to short-term community needs, as evidenced by their rapid COVID-fund roll-out. But also contributes to more long term agenda-setting activities to improve the ecosystem for thriving communities by advocating for the need for community assets. For example by developing a business case for community assets that is based on the added (social) value.
Thursday 11th of November – CF Texelfonds (digital visit)
15.00 – 17.00
The Texelfonds is a community foundation for the island of Texel. The fund has developed a diversified fundraising strategy since their start in 2004. Varying from legacy funds, to partnerships with local private companies and donations from locals there’s a steady annual income. The fund is going through a time of change with the founder stepping down as the chair of the board to allow for new ideas. This has brought on new insights on matters of leadership transfer, continuity within a volunteer-based organisation and staying relevant in a changing environment.
Friday 12th of November – Creating a future for community foundations in the Netherlands
We end the week with a wrap-up session to plan for the future of the Community Foundation movement in the Netherlands with Dutch stakeholders who can contribute to developing and securing a thriving sector. European partners and community foundations are invited to share their experiences and ideas in creating a supportive infrastructure and network. Due to the nature of this session we’d like to make sure that different stakeholder groups are equally represented. Therefore participants will be invited individually. Please send us an email if you’d like to be invited as well.
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