What are your expectations from participating in this particular study trip to Germany?
Sharing knowledge; contrasting strategies; visiting cases under technical explanation. At my home organization, we are shifting this year from a strategic approach based on planning towards a more experimental way of doing, and we would like to contrast this view with colleagues. I also have an interest in reinforcing our European network, and in searching for models from Germany for eventually constituting an Iberian (Portugal + Spain) network of CFs.
What specific questions related to your work or to CF practice do you ask yourself?
Economic viability in the long term; promotion of innovative philanthropy; reinforcement of community capacities; impact evaluation; the challenges for rural areas in Europe.
How may your participation in the CF study trip help advance your organization’s development plans?:
I am sure that it will improve our scope on the issues mentioned above, provide us with some concrete and applicable ideas, and allow us to broaden a network of experienced colleagues for future consultation and eventual collaboration in international projects.
Where do you see european community foundations in 20 years?
Everywhere on the continent, if we succeed in communicating and promoting them.
What are your favourite colour, your favourite meal or your favourite animal?
Green/Gazpacho (cold tomato soup)/Penguins.
Last but not least, your favourite proverb. You can write it down in your mother tongue, but please try to translate the meaning into english:
Vale quien sirve (value lays in being useful to others).