European Venture Philanthropy Association

Since the European Venture Philanthropy Association's (EVPA's) launch in 2004, we have been building a community of organisations interested in or practising venture philanthropy (VP) and social investment (SI) across Europe.

EVPA defines venture philanthropy as an approach to building stronger investee organisations with a societal purpose, by providing them with both financial and non-financial support. Venture philanthropy’s ultimate objective is to achieve societal impact. VP does this through both social investment and high-engagement grantmaking. 

Our membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grantmaking foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

European Venture Philanthropy Association Brussels, Belgium
Jan 28, 2020
Mid-Career (3-8 years)
Key Tasks & Responsibilities We are looking for an entrepreneurial professional who can effectively convene Europe’s leading impact funds, with the objective to advance their work. This could include helping funds: accelerate the impact of investees, grow and strengthen the fund business model, find capital, develop pipeline, encourage co-investment, exit etc… You are a natural listener but also a ‘doer’ and ‘facilitator’, able to quickly translate stakeholder needs into focused, action-oriented activities which advance impact investment practices across Europe. Through both offline and online methods, combined with data and insights from funds, this role will require strategic thinking to develop a high-value programme and the ability to manage project timelines and execute on activities. We are looking for a project and community manager who has a solid understanding of social impact investment or private equity/venture capital, with a genuine interest in exploring the impact sector and the venture philanthropy approach. This is a full-time position, based in Brussels, Belgium.    Concrete activities will include: The Impact Fund Initiative (IFI) Project Manager, is responsible for delivering a programme of services and activities that will specifically advance the practices of European impact investors within EVPA’s member community. Build a vibrant sub-community : build and deliver a plan for the Impact Fund Initiative programme, facilitate peer learning, find synergies with diverse private/public stakeholders (with impact funds in mind) and organize gatherings around specific topics and challenges;   Grow and retain a sub-community of impact funds through leveraging collective intelligence, high quality content, smart convening formats; Identify synergies between actors and nurture relationships across all geographies and sectors;   Representing EVPA at IFI-hosted events and EVPA conference, as well as activities by external partners   Identifying market trends and translating these into focused content, and peer learning and/or networking Community & Marketing Development projects : support on other related projects that advance the practices of all impact capital providers, as required Skills & Qualities Min. 2-4 years of experience in the venture capital/private equity, impact investment, philanthropy, social enterprise ecosystem; You speak the language of ‘impact investment’ comfortably Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of people, balanced with a data-driven nature (confident using CRM’s, such as Salesforce) Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills Proficient English written and communication skills Proven project management skills Comfortable with offline and online forms of community engagement (webinar platforms e.g. GotoMeeting, Slack, Salesforce Communities) Public speaking and/or experienced in facilitating small gatherings (oversee logistics & drive content) Ability to multi-task, work flexibly/under pressure Entrepreneurial and independent working style Can take initiative, act with common sense and organize matters A plus but not required: Ability to identify and secure high potential funders/partners, for the long-term future of the programme, knowledge of languages and/or social impact market of the Benelux region What We offer Indefinite contract under Belgian law A friendly, open working environment where ‘testing and learning’ is encouraged Based in Brussels, Belgium Flexible working, with some options to work remotely 10-15% travel across Europe to engage with impact capital providers An EVPA training free of charge every year; Attendance to our Annual Conference, exposure to +600 impact organisations from all over Europe Start date: as soon as possible Interested in this position? Please send your CV and motivation letter To Office Manager, Agata Zaza : azaza@evpa.eu.com asap Applicants accepted on a rolling basis and only suitable candidates will be contacted for interview. --------------------- ABOUT EVPA Established in 2004 and based in Brussels, the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a non-profit, membership association gathering organisations based in Europe and interested in or practicing venture philanthropy (VP) . These include social impact funds, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms and professional service firms, philanthropy advisors, banks or business schools. EVPA currently gathers over 300  members from 30 countries, mainly based in Europe. EVPA defines VP as the approach adopted by investors for impact to build stronger social purpose organisations by providing them with both financial and non-financial support (i.e. capacity building) at all stages of their development in order to increase their societal impact. EVPA envisions “a world where philanthropy and investment combine to drive societal impact”, and has as  mission “to enable investors for impact to maximise societal impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise”. In line with its vision and mission, EVPA’s strategic objectives are: Co-create a well-functioning ecosystem for societal impact; Increase funding and expertise coming into the social impact ecosystem; and Increase effectiveness of investors for impact and their venture philanthropy practices. EVPA is committed to support its members in their work by providing networking opportunities and facilitate learning. Furthermore, EVPA strengthens its role a as European thought leader in order to build a deeper understanding of the sector, promote the appropriate use of VP and voice the concerns and expectations of investors for impact to policy makers. EVPA is a young and small organisation, and as such, we highly value the contribution of each team member. Therefore, working for EVPA provides the opportunity to play an important role in the development of investing for impact in Europe. For more information please visit our website: www.evpa.eu.com