Spring of Philanthropy: a Belgian nationwide event

By May 17, 2017News

Last weekend marked the end of the Spring of Philanthropy

This event which took place in Belgium from the 27th of April till the 12th of May. This was organised by the King Baudouin Foundation and aimed to promote philanthropy in society. Through a series of conferences around the country, the Spring of Philanthropy gave insights into the evolution of philanthropy, its place in society, and how it is expected to evolve.


The opening of the Spring of Philanthropy


During the two weeks, 4 events took place in 3 different cities: starting in Antwerp, continuing in Namur and ending with two events in Brussels.


An opening speech by the Queen

The final event, ‘Boost Philanthropy in Europe’, was by far the largest, bringing together over 450 delegates. Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians delivered the Opening speech, starting the day with a bang! She was followed by prominent keynote speakers such as Diego Hidalgo, Board Member of europEFE (Education for Employment) and co-founder and Board Member of Spanish newspaper el Pais, as well as former president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.


Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians delivering her opening speech

Former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy


World-renowned speakers

Roundtables were also available for participants, allowing for a more interactive experience. Overall, many innovative practices to inspire philanthropists (people, families and businesses) and help them in tackling societal problems at local, national or international levels were brought forward.

Roundtable on the role of philanthropy in Europe


Philanthropy on the rise

Attendance was free, which contributed to the widespread success of the event, as well as the large and varied audience it received.

Let’s finish with an inspiring quote from Thomas Leysen, President of the Board of the King Baudouin Foundation:

“Philanthropists bring momentum and experiment with innovative approaches.”



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