What is the Circle of Friends?
It is made up of all those who, since this Circle was founded in 2011, have decided to support the Foundation’s actions in favour of young Europeans and its aim of strengthening cohesion among these young people through the implementation of concrete projects.
This support mainly takes place in the form of donations that help increase the number of projects backed by the Foundation every year; it is a significant addition to other sources of funding from within the Foundation and from the family.
Why have a Circle of Friends?
The number of projects submitted to the Foundation every year, in particular those worthy of being selected for their quality and their relevance to the Foundation’s mission, had greatly exceeded the possibilities offered by the resources that were available. It thus became necessary to find additional resources, in a context aggravated by a decrease in public funding usually granted to associations. Therefore, at the end of 2010, the Foundation’s Board of Governors decided to create a Circle of Friends.
The Honorary Committee of the Circle of Friends
It is made up of figures known for their commitment to the European Union who have had the opportunity to hold leadership positions in organisations directly related to European issues (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, associations).
It provides a set of skills and guarantees concrete, recognised involvement in European construction.
The Foundation’s Circle of Friends, which was officially established in April 2011, now plays this role and also does much more. It is a network of friends who share our commitment to Europe. They either provide us with direct support through their own networks of relations or else promote the Foundation and the projects it supports.
A message from Jimmy Roze, President of the Circle of Friends
The Circle of Friends of the Hippocrene Foundation first fulfils the aim of better meeting the requests for support placed by associations involved in developing projects enabling youth to take action for Europe.
Thanks to our generous donors, whom I would like to warmly thank, the number of projects supported by the Foundation has already increased, in particular in the essential area of “education for Europe”, which it considers one of its priorities.
I would also particularly like to thank the members of the Circle’s Honorary Committee who support us through their unwavering belief in Europe and the essential role to be played by civil society!
By deciding to make even a modest donation and thus join the Circle of Friends, you are enabling young people to become aware of their future European citizenship and are yourself taking a step to experiencing Europe up close. Join us now!