Our approach to transparency

We, at Europe Must Act, believe that everyone should be held accountable. What is true for governments and politicians, should be true for small civil society groups. 

Here, we share our policies, financial records and long-term fundraising aspirations so that this information is freely available to anyone for scrutiny and support.

Since we are a small team, we try as hard as possible to keep all information up-to-date. Information on this page is updated at a minimum of every 3 months.

Last updated: November 3rd 2021

Please contact hello@europemustact.org with any questions.

Our financial actions

Most of the money that supports EMA is channeled through our fiscal partner, Action for Education (AFE). AFE is a registered charity in the UK and in Greece. You can find out more about their own financial transparency at www.actionforeducation.org/faqs.

EMA does not routinely fundraise, however we do run occasional fundraising drives in order to fund specific costs (for example, money to support a targeted campaign, or to offer bursaries to activists attending a conference). 

We also receive grants from foundations, partners and trusts to cover larger costs, such as salaries for our core staff team. A full list of these funders can be found on the Income & Expenditure sheet.

From March 2020 (the birth of EMA) to October 2021 (our last financial review), we raised a total of €25,908 and spent a total of €25,960, leaving a deficit of -€52.

  • €2859 of this expenditure was on digital costs associated with our campaigning

  • €451 went on print materials

  • €150 went on speaker fees for training webinars

  • €22,500 went on salaries for our EU Advocacy Officer and Aegean Coordinator 

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Future plans and budgets

Over 2022 and early 2023, EMA has a number of key plans. Please note that due to the nature of EMA's devolved structure, these plans refer only to the central team of EMA and not to individual city or country chapters. These chapters are responsible for their own fundraising, with technical assistance from the central team as required. 

Over 2022 and early 2023 we will:

  • Register a new, independent non-profit in Germany called Germany Must Act

  • Seek to raise an additional €176,000

  • Keep 3 salaried staff and fund 1 more salaried position in Communications

  • Develop a small support budget for digital costs and travel expenses

  • Primarily fundraise this money through grants and foundations

To this end we have developed a high-level Case for Support that outlines our plans. We have also created a simple overview to our budget for the period. You can find both below: