About the forum


The Grantmakers East Forum, formerly The Grantmakers East Group (GEG) was created in 1992 by a group of European Foundation Centre (EFC) members active in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States (NIS). The group first met as a side event at the EFC Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference. However, as interest for the group grew, in pace with developments of grantmaking in CEE and the NIS, the GEG was developed into an independent project resulting in the Annual Meeting (AM) which takes place in a different country each year.


The Grantmakers East Forum (GEF) aims to sustain steady development of philanthropy and civil society in societies and states in wider Europe. We facilitate collaborative efforts of the philanthropic sector to fully integrate into European and global philanthropic initiatives and institutions.

    • Provide networking opportunities and platforms for critical discussion on the areas of grantmaking
    • Facilitate relationship between national and multinational philanthropic institutions
    • Foster mutual engagement between participants and EFC thematic networks
    • Encourage institutional and human capacity development of civil society in wider Europe
    • Advocate to donors and funders to sustain their presence in support of emerging philanthropic initiatives and foundations in the region

GEF promotes the development of civil society in wider Europe by providing funders active in the region with a forum to discuss effectiveness of their grantmaking efforts, exchange experience, get inspired and encourage new donor activity in the region.