Conference Proceeding: Rothschild Foundation Support for European Libraries

In July 2003, the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe launched its Jewish Archives and Libraries Grant Programme. Fifteen years later, the Foundation has grown this programme tenfold, supporting increased accessibility to Jewish materials in 30 European countries – from Belgium to Uzbekistan, Bosnia to Finland, and many points in between. It has initiated the first ever pan-European archival survey conducted in Jewish and non-Jewish archives alike, and it has run a series of training seminars in partnership with the National Library of Israel for European archivists responsible for Jewish collections. Yet, in most instances, the Foundation prefers to remain anonymous in its grant giving. This presentation will provide an insight into the considerations framing RFHE’s grant-making priorities and is an opportunity to learn about some of the unique, diverse and exciting projects the Foundation supported over the years. The central question framing the session is “how can one achieve maximum impact with philanthropic investment where the heritage field is concerned?”

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