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The program goal is to stimulate greater public participation in decision making and community building in five counties in eastern Croatia. To this end, during the grant period, the Community Foundation Slagalica will provide grants, organize training, raise public awareness about civic responsibility, and promote local philanthropy. The Community Foundation Slagalica will attract individual and corporate donors and design grantmaking programs that target youth and marginalized groups in local communities. Since its establishment in 2008, the Community Foundation Slagalica has awarded more than 200 grants totaling approximately $535,000 across 90 local communities in eastern Croatia. During 2013–2014, the grantee developed and expanded approaches to strengthening local philanthropy, including managing donor-advised funds, increasing membership in its “Philanthropists’ Club,” educating students about philanthropy and promoting philanthropy in schools, and soliciting donations from the public. The foundation is based in Osijek and works in five counties in eastern Croatia.
The program goal is to improve the quality of life in Romanian communities through promoting and developing individual giving, corporate giving, and volunteering. To this end, United Way Romania will expand its corporate donor support base, increase the effectiveness of its fundraising, enlarge its pool of long-term volunteers, and improve the quality and impact of the projects it supports. In addition, the grantee will use highly skilled volunteers to increase the capacity of its staff in Bucharest, Timisoara, and Cluj. United Way Romania was established in 2004. It runs workplace giving campaigns, where funds raised from individual workers are matched by their companies. These funds are distributed to nonprofit organizations promoting social development and providing social services in the areas where the grantee’s offices are located. In 2013–2014, the grantee raised over $1.5 million, which it distributed in small grants. In addition, the grantee established a giving circle for individuals who are prepared to donate over $10,000 a year and attracted eight members to join this circle.
The program goal is to strengthen the culture of philanthropy in Bulgaria. To this end, the Bulgarian School of Politics will strengthen the philanthropic practice of its trainees and alumni, promote strategic philanthropy among various actors in the field of philanthropy, and develop a resource center on philanthropy at the school. This project’s past achievements include providing technical assistance to over 110 young leaders from political parties, state administration, and civil society to engage in philanthropic work; promoting new forms of philanthropic giving; and publishing research on the media coverage of philanthropy in Bulgaria. Based in Sofia, the school was established in 2001 with the mission to build a community of civic and political leaders who share democratic values and participate actively in national and international political and public life. Since 2001, more than 650 Bulgarian and 260 Central and Eastern European leaders, including members of parliament, party leaders, and civic activists, have graduated from the school. The school is engaging its trainees in philanthropic initiatives as part of the trainees’ public policy development work.
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