About Us

We focus on enabling better and more strategic collaboration between foundations.

NEF is a launching pad for donors’ collaborative projects.

Beyond the take-off of the collaborative project, NEF acts as an implementing partner by conducting its mission of advisor, support and legal responsibility.


Increasing philanthropic impact to contribute to social cohesion and democracy in Europe by providing a space for collaboration, learning and regranting through collaborative donor projects.

NEF aspires to strengthen democracy and social inclusion in Europe through its collaborative projects. These aspirations are based on a fundamental belief in equality and inclusion in the democratic and social space.

In addition, NEF has developed a set of organisational values centred around collaboration, openness & learning, accountability, and solidarity.

NEF is part of the European Philanthropic Infrastructure. Within this ecosystem, NEF collaborates with a wide range of foundation networks, including Philea, EVPA, ARIADNE.


NEF at large is composed of the NEF operations team and the staff dedicated to the collaborative projects. NEF is the implementing partner that is contracted by several partner foundations to roll out a collaborative project.

At the project level, strategic decisions are taken by the Steering Committee which represents the project partner foundations.

The NEF operations team works to embed the collaborative project into the NEF structure in terms of policies, practices and work culture. The project staff ensures the operationalization of their respective projects within the NEF operational framework.