Mercator China-European Philanthropy Leadership Partners Project

Time: September 9-17, 2018

Location: Brussels, Belgium

What is the Philanthropic Leadership Platform − China-Europe?

Philanthropic organisations across the globe are grappling with the same fundamental questions around impact, effecting change, and understanding their role in taking on societal challenges. In the firm belief that learning from each other is key to tackling such questions, this intensive, ten-day leadership development programme brings together 20 mid- to senior-level philanthropic practitioners from China and Europe to enhance their leadership skills by sharing with each other their knowledge, experience, creativity and concerns. The programme is funded by Stiftung Mercator and led by the EFC in partnership with the China Global Philanthropy Institute.

The programme will challenge participants to think deeply about the following questions:

   Have you thought about how you can be a leader of transformation and not only a manager of turnaround?

     Do you know what it takes to transform your approach to solving a problem?

     Have you reflected on how you can think outside the box and create alternative business models?

The programme will revolve around the theme of social innovation, but will also be aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise. The aim is for participants to go back to their home organisations and contexts with new perspectives, tools and insights that will make them better leaders, and in turn enhance the impact of their organisations.

To boost the sharing experience, participants will be paired up throughout the programme with their intercontinental peers.

This peer-led programme raises questions and contests alternatives through group and plenary interaction, and active exchange among high-level experts and leaders of institutions in the public, private and voluntary sectors. The programme will revolve around the theme of social innovation, but will also be aligned with participants’ own interests and expertise. Topics on the agenda will include:

     Leadership – What it is, what is required and leadership styles

     Tools leaders use to intervene and transform

     Social innovation in policy and practice

     How to evaluate impact

     How to use the power of collaboration and levers of influence to develop capability to engage in social innovation

     Using peer learning as a resource

Who is eligible?

This programme is open to CGPI alumni. We would encourage anyone who holds a managerial position of foundations to apply. Applicants should be fully committed to actively participating and engaging in the programme and respecting the confidentiality of other participants. The applicant’s organisation should fully support the applicant’s total participation for the duration of the programme. As the programme is conducted in English, the ability to work in English is essential.


When and where?

9-17 September in Brussels, Belgium.

The programme location alternates annually between Europe and China, with a new set of participants each year. Participants will get the opportunity to visit locations within a two-hour travel range, as well as experience first-hand the work of philanthropy and NGOs locally.


Participants are responsible for covering the costs of travel to/from the programme location. All other costs associated with the programme will be covered by the organisers.

How to apply

To apply for the programme, please fill in the application form through http://lxi.me/rwjs8 before 15th April.

The selection process

The CGPI and Stiftung Mercator will make the selection of programme participants from the application pool. Prospective applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Quotes from Alumni


·         “Taking part in the inaugural 2016 PLP was a transformational experience in my career. It opened my eyes to new ways of working, innovations and impactful social programmes from two continents, and forced me to explore my own skills and motivations. I would recommend it to any colleague wanting to grow and develop as a leader.”

——Previously, Head of Practice & Development at the Carnegie UK Trust

·          “The PLP provides me a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from European and Chinese foundations and learn peer to peer from them. We covered all different topics in our professional field of philanthropy, had a lot of fruitful discussions. Out Chinese hosts also gave us the special experience to visit Chinese village and community. It was a fantastic time!”

——Yulia Khodorova,  CAF Russia

·         “PLP is an extraordinary multicultural experience through you can deepen powerful strategic tools in order to improve the quality of your job, call into question your approach, develop leadership skills and enhance the impact of you actions in the philanthropy sector.”

——Daniele Messina from Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS)

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