Not-for-profit organisations are in need of a powerful tool enabling them to identify the players who are truly active in corporate philanthropy. This was the observation of the 6 corporate founders of mecenatdentreprise.be before they launched the platform in Belgium.
Initiated in 2008, this interactive network was more recently in need of a makeover. That is why the founding members, including BNP Paribas Fortis via its foundation, decided to expand their work to develop a real tool of reference for the world of corporate philanthropy.
They collaborated to create a platform that includes:
- the names of companies that are active in corporate philanthropy in Belgium, their action plans in terms of corporate philanthropy and the types of philanthropy in which these companies are active, together with their full contact details;
- the names of the principal not-for-profit associations that are supported by the companies listed on the website, a description of their areas of operation, the names of the companies that support them, by year, and their full contact details;
- and the names of preferred partners, a description of their activities and their full contact details.
All of this information is available from a single source to help associations and corporate philanthropists to connect.
Some 60 corporate patrons have already registered, and 136 associations are currently on the website.
We believe that corporate philanthropy is about giving, without expecting any commercial benefits in return. Unlike sponsorship, this endeavour is purely for the benefit of society as a whole. We hope that this initiative will encourage new private players to become involved in social projects.