Our Approach

In fast changing times, with Europe facing increasingly complex social challenges, strategic collaboration through pooled funding is even more relevant for foundations.

Pooling funds- pooling strengths

Rationally designed, pooled funding maximizes funding for an issue. It also yields additional benefits. By joining a pooled fund, foundations can explore new issues. They minimize the risks (or investment required) to venture into unchartered territories.

By pooling their strengths and social capital, foundations also improve their knowledge on the issue and accelerate the transfer of good practices and innovation. Finally, they build the voice of the philanthropic community on the issue, increasing its influence.

NEF collaborative projects are open to foundations interested in partnering on issues of interest to increase their impact.

NEF collaboratives are about

NEF ‘Cultivated donor collaboratives’ are about

Supporting partnership building

Through the set-up of a donor collaborative project at NEF, foundation partners agree on common goals and on ways of working together

NEF functions as a neutral platform where all partners come together on equal footing

NEF identifies and provides structure to the right secretariat staff

NEF brings its programme management expertise (roll out of calls for proposals…)

NEF handles the administrative functions (eg. due diligence for the grants …) while partner foundations focus on strategy

Aiming at strengthening a field

NEF pooled funds target small or under-funded organisations in the civil society sector

NEF aims at strengthening the capacity of its partners’ organisations by offering tailored support and fostering exchanges between peers – its ‘Funding Plus’ approach

NEF believes in the ‘learning by doing’ approach, in the value of experimentation

NEF fosters synergies and intersections across its pooled funds