Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Philanthropy as an Export: The annual Transatlantic Community Foundation Network plenary meeting took place in Newcastle (England) March 28 - April 2, 2003, despite the Iraq-war. Community Foundation experts from the USA, Canada, Mexico and 10 European Countries came together, hosted by the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Europe's most successful Community Foundation (33 Mio. Euro in assets). The TCFN-conference gives strong evidence for the consistency and reliability of the Transatlantic relations on the level of Community Foundations. These feelings were emphasized by Sir John Weston, former British ambassador to the UN and NATO, in his Dinner Speech. Sir John is now chairman of the Community Foundation Network UK. Currently 46 Community Foundations from 14 different countries are members of TCFN. During the past decade the Community Foundation concept has spread rapidly around the globe. Although first invented in the US, its no longer a uniquely American concept. Much of the growth in continental Europe has taken place in Germany, thanks in part to the Bertelsmann Foundation which established Germany's first Community Foundation in its hometown of Gutersloh -- since then 46 Community Foundations have been established. The results of the network are published on TCFN's website .