Grantmakers East Forum

Philanthropic response to refugee challenges: from emergency to policy

30 November – 2 December 2016

Hamburg, Germany


We are delighted to invite you to the 21st annual Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) which will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 30 November to 2 December 2016.

The conference will be dedicated to the refugee crisis to find out how funders across Europe and beyond, respecting the different subsets of issues in Central-Eastern and Western Europe, can work together and in cooperation with others to respond to the needs of refugees.

We also aim at looking beyond the emergency and explore what policy measures could help avoid a crisis in the future, which is the reason why we decided to name our annual gathering: “Philanthropic response to refugee challenges – From emergency to policy”.

Hosted by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the conference will take place in an exceptional venue – a contemporary theatre and art slace called Kampnagel.

Based in a former mechanical engineering factory, Kampnagel is Germany’s biggest independent production venue for the performing arts. Since the 1980’s it has been hosting independent festivals and producing cultural activities, performances and concerts. For its peculiarity and approach to art and society combined with an innovative model to interact with and integrate refugees, it has been identified as an excellent location to host a conference on refugees.

Besides plenaries and breakout sessions, the 2016 forum will offer participants a revised programme with plenty of networking time and lots of opportunities to learn, reflect and connect with peers and experts.

We hope that you will not only expand your knowledge about this pressing issue but also be inspired to think about new projects and partnerships.



Interested in hosting…

...future editions of the Grantmakers East Forum? Want to strengthen and promote grantmaking initiatives in your region? Then please contact the GEF secretariat to express your interest and receive further criteria on how this could be possible.