The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
Citizens for Europe (CFEU) is a community of civil society actors supporting one another for a more participatory, diverse, and democratic Europe.
At CFEU we share knowledge to increase impact
At CFEU we build on cooperation to overcome competition.
CFEU has a distinct way of working together: Based on respect and diverse opinion; We aim for a horizontal approach and clear structures
CFEU is non-partisan but political at the same time
CFEU has two legs: It is (1) a space to connect civil society actors, a toolbox; and (2) CFEU is a provider of seed funding for democratic innovation in Europe
CFEU offers and develops support for political and organizational challenges in Europe
CFEU works on the basis of COMMUNITY and not on the basis of “membership”
The Core Team members of Citizens for Europe decided to plan ahead and invest in people, new topics, such as civic tech, anti racism, anti nationalism, and the broadening of networks. The strategy to empower civil society actors by reducing competition and strengthening their structures is something truly unique. The underlying principles of the network to strive for a self sustaining and supporting as well as more democratic and participatory Europe can today be seen in a bigger frame of more and more organizations cooperating in similar ways.
The style of communication which developed in the network has the potential to shape discourses and decision making structures from the bottom up. CFEU will continue to foster ppen and transparent communication that lead to a high level of trust which will give civil society organizations the power to shape polity, politics, and policy on their terms.