An interview with Rien van Gendt, May 2020
In these challenging times for European solidarity, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the European Cultural Foundation decided to hit the road together into the future of European philanthropy. With the support of Wider Sense, we are in discussion with thinkers, cultural practitioners and philanthropists about philanthropy with a European purpose.
To begin this series, we discussed with the Dutch expert Rien van Gendt, who has been advising many foundations and philanthropists for decades. Spurred by a profound European engagement, Rien van Gendt touches on how many Europeans were taking Europe for granted only ten years ago, and pleads now for a renewed awareness of what constitutes our culture: the freedom of speech, the freedom of thought, the power of diversity. On a way forward: “it’s actually culture that can unite us”.
Read the full interview here.