31 July 2020

 In this episode, the fourth in our mini-series on “European philanthropy during and after COVID”, we are in discussion with Carola Carazzone, Secretary General of Assifero, about philanthropy in Italy and beyond. Assifero is the national membership association of Italian grant-making foundations and private institutional philanthropy.  In our wide ranging conversation we talk about:

  • What is the history and current context for philanthropy in Italy?
  • How does this differ from the cultures, histories and legal/policy environments for philanthropy in other places across Europe?
  • Are there commonalties? I.e. is it meaningful to talk about “European philanthropy”?
  • What is the balance between local, regional, national and international approaches in Italian philanthropic funding?
  • What is the attitude of the Italian government towards philanthropy?
  • What kind of philanthropic responses to the covid-19 crisis have we seen in Italy? What challenges have they faced?
  • What is the role of infrastructure bodies in helping civil society organisations and funders navigate and adapt to a rapidly-changing environment?
  • Has the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to coordinate responses effectively increased awareness of the value of infrastructure?
  • What elements of infrastructure are required for a healthy culture of philanthropy and a vibrant civil society?
  • Do we need to make a renewed case for the value of infrastructure and the need to ensure it is properly funded?

Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri



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