Observatory Interviews

Brewing Philanthropy: an interview with D.Sc. Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation

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Brewing Philanthropy: an interview with D.Sc. Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation

Good governance should be a priority for every philanthropic organization. But in the case of the Carlsberg Foundation it represents a precondition and the essence of a unique model created to ensure stability and long-term view to the business while providing substantial philanthropic support for scientific research, talent and knowledge-sharing

The importance of governance in generating social impact. The case of Fondation Leenaards

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The importance of governance in generating social impact. The case of Fondation Leenaards

Fondation Leenaards, since the disappearing of its founder, has already destined over 150 million euros towards projects selected through a structured governance which includes three experts commissions and four juries. We explored this topic with Peter Brey, director of Fondation Leenaards

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Interview with Etienne Eichenberger

Etienne Eichenberger, Chairman of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, is sharing with us on one hand his insights on the state of philanthropy from not only a European, but also a global perspective. On the other hand, the Chairman addresses the priorities of Swiss Philanthropy Foundation for the next 12 months.

Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds: serving communities since 1940

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Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds: serving communities since 1940

We met Johan H. van Beem, deputy director, and Thijs Tromp, board secretary, of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in Amsterdam and explored the grantmaking model and evolution of this historical Foundation in its first 78 years of activity

Emirates Foundation and the role of Philanthropy for supporting youth across the UAE

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Emirates Foundation and the role of Philanthropy for supporting youth across the UAE

Interview to Mrs. Clare Woodcraft, CEO of the Emirates Foundation

Origins and evolutions of the Adessium Foundation: from the inspiration of a family to an impactful Foundation

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Origins and evolutions of the Adessium Foundation: from the inspiration of a family to an impactful Foundation

With an annual grant making of €15-20 mln, the Adessium Foundation is among the largest endowed foundations in The Netherlands. The interview with Managing Director Rogier van der Weerd explores the evolution and drivers of the Van Vliet family foundation

Community Foundations – between local development and international perspectives

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Community Foundations – between local development and international perspectives

The interview with Daniele Giudici provides the necessary tools to understand the current evolution of community philanthropy in Italy

Developing mission focus and a long-term strategy: the case of the Stone Family Foundation

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Developing mission focus and a long-term strategy: the case of the Stone Family Foundation

The interview with Paul Gunstensen, Director of WASH Program at the Stone Family Foundation, highlights the Foundation' path towards a strategy of intervention through venture philanthropy

Unveiling Philanthropy: what it takes to produce meaningful social change

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Unveiling Philanthropy: what it takes to produce meaningful social change

Philanthropy is a risky business and most initiatives, when rigorously tested, do not prove effective. Our interview with Andy Ratcliffe, CEO of Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation (Impetus-PEF), shows the way to funders to define their impact models in the search of greater effectiveness

The state of family philanthropy in the US: a deep dive into family foundations trends

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The state of family philanthropy in the US: a deep dive into family foundations trends

On occasion of the 20th anniversary of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, we discussed with Vice President Jason Born the tools family foundations are adopting in the search for greater effectiveness, often pushed by the rise of a new generation of philanthropists

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