Massimo Lapucci is the new Chair of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) in Brussels

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Secretary General of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Massimo Lapucci, has been appointed unanimously as Chair of EFC for the next three years
The appointment was made today in Warsaw, at the International Conference on Philanthropy

Warsaw, June 2, 2017 – Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT, is the new Chair of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), the European Centre for Philanthropy based in Brussels. Lapucci was nominated unanimously today in Warsaw during the International conference on Institutional Philanthropy and will hold the position for the next three years.

The conference, which hosted more than 600 philanthropic representatives from all over the world, began on May 31st and ended this afternoon with the election of the new Chair, taking the place of the outgoing Ewa Kulik-Bielinska.

"I am very proud of the appointment and I thank the EFC and its membership for the confidence – said the new Chair Massimo Lapucci –. The strength of institutional philanthropy lies in the ability to create value for society. Philanthropy must make its voice heard strongly in order to confront the biggest challenge that we face: to help to create more conscious citizenship in individual countries and across Europe, which keeps the common good at the heart, and knows to always look at the worldwide dimension".

"As Chair – continued Massimo Lapucci – I will continue to work following the priorities set out in EFC's 2016-2022 Strategic Framework, to strengthen synergy between the philanthropic world, the European institutions but not only, and the private sector, with the objective to promote a greater social cohesion, new opportunities for economic growth and the consolidation of civil society’s spaces".

"For Europe, it is time to show that a change of course is possible, starting with the positive signals that have emerged from some countries in recent elections – Lapucci said –. After the weakening of cohesion in the international community, also due to the profound economic and financial crisis of recent years, it is only through joint action to support a more shared development, and the creation of value for citizens by the various actors involved, that it is possible to rebuild confidence in institutions and in the future for Europe. In this context, it is also crucial to recognize the role played by philanthropy as a strong bonding agent in society".