About EVPA

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively community of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through the practice of investing for impact.

This project is funded by the European Union.

The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders

EVPA is a strong community of around 300 member organisations from 30+ countries sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through the practice of investing for impact.

Established in 2004 and based in Brussels, EVPA is proud to have initiated this movement in Europe. Over the years, we have been contributing to a thriving impact ecosystem and a growing market engaging social investors, foundations, corporations and policy makers in supporting social innovators and maximising their impact.

We enable our members to connect and learn from each other to achieve deeper societal impact through investments. We build the impact ecosystem at international, European, national and local levels. As a strategic partner of the European Commission in advancing this sector, we share insights, develop knowledge and training, and shape public policies to make the investing for impact movement in Europe stronger.

Our membership

EVPA is a broad and diverse community. Our membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grantmaking foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

Currently, we have more than 320 members from over 30 countries, mainly in Europe, but also in the United States, the Middle East and Asia.

EVPA strategic objectives

1. Increase funding and expertise coming into the Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment space
EVPA looks to stimulate domestic and foreign capital flows into the sector; EVPA builds the sector in countries where the method is less known; EVPA helps grow the sector in more established markets.

2. Increase the effectiveness of Venture Philanthropists and Social Investors
EVPA’s Knowledge Centre is a hub for knowledge-building on VP/SI in Europe. It conducts research, collects stores and develops frameworks, definitions and standards for best practice and impact assessment. EVPA is focused on offering support, events and experiences to advance the professionalisation of the sector, all shaped around our members’ needs.

3. Co-create a well-functioning ecosystem for societal impact
EVPA’s Knowledge Centre has been gathering data on the sector since 2010, mapping who is active in our ecosystem and attracting a growing interest in the sector. EVPA works together with other sector players, such as networks and European policymakers, to co-create the conditions in which venture philanthropy organisations and social purpose organisations can thrive.

Visit the EVPA website to find out more