European philanthropy award won by Spaniard Diego Hidalgo Schnur
Diego Hidalgo, founder of the Spanish Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), has been awarded a prize honouring outstanding contributions to European philanthropy.
The 2008 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy was presented to Hidalgo at the 19th Annual Conference of the European Foundation Centre in Istanbul last week.
Launched four years ago by the Network of European Foundations’ Mercator Fund, the prize aims to reward innovative, high-impact European initiatives that illustrate European leadership on global and social issues.
“Throughout his long and illustrious career, Diego Hidalgo has dedicated himself to helping others,” said Mr. Raymond Georis, the Prize’s namesake and a member of the Selection Committee.
The award aims to underline the important role that the European philanthropic community plays in promoting peace, security and development; its goal is to annually recognise the innovative work of successive generations which have followed in the footsteps of Mr. Georis. The Mercator Fund’s main objective is to deal with matters related to Europe’s role in global social issues.