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  • February 2019 – Press release

Brussels, Feb 28, 2019 – As the European Union heads into a pivotal election year, sixteen philanthropic foundations have come together to form Civitates, a consortium committed to protect and expand civil society at a time when the fundamentals of democracy are being challenged like never before. Civitates will focus on two vulnerable areas: the shrinking space for civil society, and public discourse and digitization.

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  • November 2018, “A TIME TO STAND TOGETHER

    Civitates members and other philanthropic leaders condemn the violence directed to civil society and declare to stand side by side, ready to defend their  civil society peers

    Civil society is an essential pillar of democracy. Without it, our democracy is diminished. We are proud to support it. We stand ready to defend it

       Full statement and list of signatories