Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 5 September 2015

Global philanthropy on agenda at conference

Published 22/05/2012

Northern Ireland has benefited from over £175m in philanthropic grants given in aid of peace-making and social justice.

That’s according to findings from the Association of Charitable Foundations ahead of a major conference taking place in Belfast next month.

The impact of investment and philanthropy on peace and reconciliation here will be among topics discussed at the 23rd European Foundation Centre Annual Conference from June 6-8.

Jeff Raikes, CEO of the world’s largest philanthropic organisation — the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — will address more than 500 delegates at the conference which will be exploring a theme of the role of philanthropy in achieving peace through social justice.

John R Healy of Philanthropy Ireland said this was a perfect place to discuss these issues.

“Belfast has emerged from 30 years of conflict to establish itself as an exciting destination,” he said.

“The city provides the perfect location for lively discussions on how philanthropy can help divided communities resolve their differences.”

Avila Kilmurray, director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, said the conference will use the backdrop of this province to look at global issues.

A host of world-class speakers will join Jeff Raikes, including lauded South African human rights activist Albie Sachs.

Belfast beat off stiff competition from a number of key European cities to host the event.

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