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The project goal is to increase the level and effectiveness of private philanthropy in Southeast Europe. To this end, the Zing Foundation, also known as Bolder Giving, will provide support to key Mott grantees in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey and will strengthen their capacity to use donor storytelling as an effective strategy for increasing local giving. In addition, Bolder Giving will identify and profile diaspora donors from these four countries to inspire them to give back to causes in their countries of origin. Also, Bolder Giving will prepare a toolkit on storytelling strategies and techniques for its partners and other interested nonprofits. Bolder Giving will also experiment with donor education Webinars for donors and foundation leaders interested in strategic philanthropy in these four countries. Since its launch in 2007, Bolder Giving has been inspiring and supporting people to engage in philanthropic work at their full lifetime potential. During the past grant period, the grantee provided training and consultancy to key Mott grantees in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey and supported them to develop and publicize 35 inspirational donor stories from the four countries.
This grant supports a project to develop an action plan for a global summit on community philanthropy. Momentum for an event similar to a global symposium on community foundations, held in Berlin in 2004, has been building among leading global community philanthropy development organizations. Such an event will raise the profile, provide a platform for knowledge exchange, and energize the global community philanthropy field. Building upon meetings with important stakeholders and practitioners over the past three years, the Interaction Institute for Social Change will lead efforts to develop an initial draft plan for the summit, conduct a stakeholder analysis, convene a smaller design team and a broader planning team, and develop an action plan for the summit. The Interaction Institute for Social Change provides network building, facilitation, leadership development, and consulting services to schools and school systems, domestic and international nonprofit organizations, coalitions, and foundations.
Forward Works is a Chinese nonprofit organization formed in 2011 to assist in the development of Chinese environmental nongovernmental organizations and enhance their capacity by providing training and strategic planning. Through this Forward Works project, a serious and well-researched civil society process will continue to develop. This project has helped to foster civil society discussions with Chinese national development banks and other financial institutions to address its investments in developing countries outside China. This project also will help to foster dialogue and collaboration among nongovernmental organizations in developing countries, especially with South American organizations, to address energy and infrastructure investments in the region.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and South Africa. The overall goal of our work in these regions is to develop and strengthen civil society by promoting civic participation in democratic processes at the local, national and regional levels; strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and addressing issues related to race and reconciliation and transitional justice.
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