Europa Nostra promotes a European Philanthropy Coalition for Culture and Cultural Heritage at the Philea Forum in Barcelona

As part of the very first Forum Philea – a convergent event of the European Foundation Center and DAFNE – Europa Nostra, in partnership with the European Cultural Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, organized a session entitled “Towards a philanthropic coalition for culture and cultural heritage in Europe on May 31 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. The Philea Forum, organized by the “la Caixa” Foundation, took place from May 30 to June 1. The forum was placed under the theme “Philanthropy United – The Time is Now” with its three main pillars: “One planet, One health”, “United in Diversity” and “Culture & Creativity”.

The event was hosted by Cristina Loglioresponsible for European cultural policies at the Touring Club Italiano, a member organization of Europa Nostra, and brought together three expert speakers: André WilkensDirector of the European Cultural Foundation, Miguel Magalhaesdirector of the Culture Gulbenkian program at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Carola CarazoneVice-President of Philea and General Secretary of Assifero.

At a time of multiple challenges across Europe, this session aimed to share the vision, join forces and take a step forward to ensure a viable and sustainable future for our common cultural heritage, thus unlocking its full potential for peacebuilding and dialogue, climate action, social cohesion and well-being as well as a thriving economy, with the ultimate ambition of launching a Philanthropic Coalition for Culture and Cultural Heritage in Europe.

In his introduction, Cristina Loglio recalled recent emergency philanthropic responses and solidarity initiatives with Ukraine – such as the European Fund for Solidarity Culture Ukraine Edition from the European Cultural Foundation, and the Heritage Solidarity Grant for Ukraine launched jointly by Europa Nostra and the World Heritage Fund, in partnership with ALIPH. She underlined that these initiatives demonstrate that philanthropy with a European purpose is possible and beneficial while the cultural and heritage ecosystem still lacks suitable and diversified funding mechanisms and that no legal framework exists to allow the development of a genuine European philanthropic market.

To illustrate the added value of an investment in cultural heritage with a European vocation, Manon RichardEU Project Officer at Europa Nostra, presented initiatives awarded by the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards which were (partially) supported by private foundations, such as The Portal of Glory, Santiago de Compostela, Spainand The ambulance for monuments, Romania.

The interesting discussions started with André Wilkens, director of the European Cultural Foundation, who called for matching funds between philanthropy and the EU. “It’s hard to admit that philanthropy is lagging behind. Going to European level is not a competition but a combination of funding sources,” he said.

Miguel Magalhaes, Director of the Gulbenkian Culture Programme, explained how the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation supports heritage and contemporary creation as well as the new challenges facing the Foundation. “We need to reinvent and use tools to innovate the philanthropic ecosystem in Europe while engaging local communities,” he said.

Carola Carazone, Vice-President of Philea and Secretary General of Assifero, presented the Philanthropy Coalition for Climate by Philea: a commitment by 528 foundations around the world to mobilize the ecosystem of philanthropy in Europe and make the climate crisis a societal issue. and transverse. She also called on other foundations to “consider culture and cultural heritage not as a separate or stand-alone issue, but as a relevant sector for any philanthropic organization in Europe to bring communities together”.

Between the interventions, the participants were invited to co-reflect and discuss the following questions: “How does your philanthropic organization support culture and cultural heritage (at national or European level)? » ; “What are the new challenges of your philanthropic organization for culture and cultural heritage? » ; and “What can your philanthropic organization do to become cultural?” “.

Building on several recent initiatives on funding cultural heritage, such as the Foundations4Heritage meetings, the workshop on complementary sources of funding for cultural heritage, the Cultural Deal for Europe and the round table “Harnessing the transformative power of foundations for the benefit of Culture Heritage”, this session further engaged foundations to use the power of culture and heritage to build a peaceful, sustainable and beautiful future for our societies, our communities and our Europe.

Helen D. Jessen