EDGE Funders – Europe
EDGE Europe is a newly established affinity group made up of like minded European foundations. The work of the affinity group will mirror what has been undertaken by EDGE Funders Alliance in the US. Participating in EDGE Europe will build a bridge between the activities in Europe and those taking place in the US which will bring the work between continents closer together. Furthermore there are significant European specific issues developing, which provides good reasons for progressive foundations to be actively involved in a community at a regional level in order to have more influence on change.
EDGE Europe will offer opportunities for people who work within progressive foundations in Europe to come together through a series of events and working groups. This will provide opportunities to actively share experience, knowledge and ideas on current progressive issues, themes and work.
EDGE Europe has three underpinning pillars:
- a shared idea and vision of a just transition for systemic change
- an inter-sectional approach, within a local, national, regional and global context
- a focus on the importance of grassroots organising
To see what is currently happening within EDGE Europe see our current working groups below. To learn more about the recent developments with EDGE Europe click here.
A series of working groups have been recently established, through which member foundations can work collaboratively on specific issues. These give some practical examples of how EDGE Europe will work and operate. Here you can find an overview of the work the groups will be concentrating on however this is likely do change as the groups become more established and developed.
We invite you to become members of EDGE Europe and thereby connect with the working groups and the exciting work they will be carrying out in Europe. Please see here for more information on how to join EDGE or contact us at europe [at] edgefunders.org for more information.
1. Commons Working Group
Looks at what The Commons in Europe will look like and identify how best to develop the ideas surrounding the Commons in Europe further. Links will be built with the ongoing work at Charles Leopold Mayer Fondation as they embark on a grantmaking programme on the Commons in Europe for 2015-2017.
Co-ordinated by the Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (fph) Lausanne, Switzerland.
2. Activist Fund Working Group
Researches and analyses models for a non-donor committee e.g. Radical Sharing Forum model. The idea is to bring in grassroots knowledge, increase transparency and alleviate power imbalances. The group will build on work already carried out by the Open Society Foundation with a plan to to carry out further work in this area.
Co-ordinated by the Open Society Initiative for Europe, Barcelona, Spain.
3. Ethical Investment Working Group
Identifies specific ways to invest in the next economy, adopting a Community of Practice approach. This will involve making links with key finance people within foundations to share how we invest and identify the key issues and challenges relating to ethical investment. There will be two strands to the work – the political how and also how best to influence others.
Co-ordinated by the Bewegungsstiftung, Verden, Germany
4. COP 21/Climate Justice Working Group
Brought together member foundations with an interest in COP21, within a climate justice perspective. Significant links will be made with organisations in Germany, UK, Belgium and France to build connections.
Co-ordinated by CCFD – Terre Solidaire, Paris, France and by the Fondation Charles Leopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l’Homme (fph) Lausanne, Switzerland.
5. Just Transition Collaboration Working Group
There will be three levels of involvement – funders (grassroots), NGOs/support groups and thinkers. The idea is to create a series of consultations. develop learning tools to share information and spread the work through webinars, workshops and by mapping information.
Co-ordinated by EDGE Funders Alliance.
A small group has been established to strategically guide and direct the ongoing development and the ongoing work within EDGE Europe. The current members of the group are:
- Matthias Fiedler, Bewegungsstiftung
- Nicolas Krausz, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer
- Amanda Gigler, Mama Cash
- Donal Mac Fhearraigh, Open Society Initiative for Europe
- Philippe Mayol, CCFD – Fondation Terre Solidaire
- Eva Rehse, Global Greengrants Fund UK
- Vivian Paulissen, European Cultural Foundation
- Tobias Troll, EDGE Europe Co-ordinator and Mark Randazzo Director EDGE Funders Alliance also sit on the Steering Group in supportive roles.
Tobias Troll, Director, EDGE Europe
tobias [at] edgefunders.org