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ERNOP Online Series 2023-2024

Unlocking Cross-Border Philanthropy: Navigating Tax Complexities

October 31, 2023, 10-11 (CET)

Speaker: Giedre Lideikyte-Huber (Geneva Centre for Philanthropy, University of Geneva)

Discussant: Anne-Laure Paquot (Transnational Giving Europe)

About this seminar:

This ERNOP Science and Society Webinar will delve into the theme of cross-border giving through a tax lens. This seminar is aimed to resonate with philanthropy professionals, providing legal and practical insights into the tax landscape surrounding international charitable donations and fundraising.

While the realm of contemporary philanthropy expands beyond borders to address pressing global issues, the tax frameworks of multiple states often remain confined within their jurisdictions. This ERNOP Science and Society Seminar discussion will shed light on the challenges posed by this discrepancy.

Dr. Giedre Lideikyte-Huber from the University of Geneva, and an expert on taxation of donation, will, together with practitioner experts, unravel the complexities of cross-border giving from both legal and practical standpoints. Starting from the motivations behind governments’ reservations towards cross-border giving, they will provide strategies to navigate the regulatory landscape effectively within the European Union and beyond. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity for participants to pose their organisational questions and needs to international experts.

To watch the recording of the webinar, click here.

About Dr Giedre Lideikyte Huber 

Giedre Lideikyte Huber is a senior lecturer of tax law at the University of Geneva and the scientific leader of the 4-year project “Taxation and Philanthropy” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her areas of specialization are tax policy, taxation of philanthropy and social enterprises, as well as sustainable taxation (SDGs).

About the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy 

In 2017, the University of Geneva, in partnership with a number of key philanthropic foundations with an international reach, established the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva (GCP) recognizing the role of the city as one of the most important global philanthropy hubs. Its mission revolves around three complementary and mutually enriching areas: research and publications, teaching, and the organisation of events open to the general public. 

About Anne-Laure Paquot 

Anne-Laure Paquot is a Network Manager of Transnational Giving Europe, a partnership of leading European foundations gathered to facilitate tax-efficient and secure cross-border giving across Europe. She coordinates the network’s activities and leads development and advocacy projects for the 19 partners.

About Transnational Giving Europe

Transnational Giving Europe (TGE) is a partnership of leading European foundations and associations facilitating tax-efficient cross-border giving within Europe. The TGE network enables donors, both corporations and individuals, resident in one of the participating countries, to financially support non-profit organisations in other member countries, while benefiting directly from the tax advantages provided for in the legislation of their country of residence.