During the talk the following are referred to:
(2 min) clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hto4G…
(8 min) video that documents some of the work supporting refugees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cDnX…
Across Europe, societies are facing intractable challenges: rising inequality, high public debt and austerity, increased migration and refugee movements. These challenges raise questions about the role of philanthropy and how philanthropic foundations should best leverage their limited resources to promote effective long-term solutions and social change.
The Bodossaki Foundation in Greece is a case study for innovation in this field. Through strategic changes in response to Greece’s economic, social and migration crises, the Foundation has scaled up its impact since 2010, despite a reduction in its core funds, through maximising regranting capacity and offering non-financial support.
Drawing on this case study, this talk will present experiences and lessons learned from the frontline in Greece, and discuss their broader implications for the role of philanthropy and its contribution to governance in these difficult times.
Sotiris Laganopoulos is the Secretary of the Bodossaki Foundation and has served as Programme Director for the EEA Grants Greek NGO Programme. Mr. Laganopoulos has managed more than €100M euros in donations and has a deep knowledge of international standards and tools to measure social impact and the effectiveness of social investment programmes. He is also a member of the Legal Committee of the European Foundation Centre. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Democritus University of Thrace and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Jennifer Clarke PhD is Capacity Building Programme Coordinator at the Bodossaki Foundation, where she plays a key role in the Foundation’s strategy to strengthen Greek civil society. She has 20 years’ experience in the field of civil society capacity building, both in Greece and internationally, including on behalf of the European Commission. She holds a PhD from the University of Kent, an MA from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a BA from the University of Cambridge. She co-edited Austerity and the Third Sector in Greece (Routledge 2015).
Blavatnik School of Government