The Global Philanthropy Data Charter took another step forward when the European Foundation Centre hosted a consultation meeting in Brussels on 17th September. The meeting considered the draft charter and discussed several quandaries, including the difficulties of data standardisation in local contexts, privacy and confidentiality, and access to individual and aggregated data.
Participants welcomed the Charter as a tool to raise awareness on the importance of data in philanthropy. However, there remains a challenge to collecting data about philanthropy in Europe. Participants agreed that a first step would be to gather an inventory of foundations in the region.
WINGS will host a webinar on 8th October as a followup to the discussions. A third face-to-face meeting will take place in Rio de Janeiro 4-5 November. For more information, including the Data Charter draft, visit our website.