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The program goal is to promote private giving in Russia. The Moscow office of the Charities Aid Foundation will promote growth in online giving through improvements to its “www.blago.ru” online giving platform. It will simultaneously launch a media and advertising campaign to foster awareness of, and inclination toward, opportunities for individual giving. The grantee will also widely disseminate best practices related to individual giving and targeted fundraising. In 2012–2014, the grantee staged two fundraising schools for professionals from across Russia. The www.blago.ru site saw the number of individual donations more than double, with their value increasing over this period by 90 percent to nearly $450,000. The site was also able to raise over $13,000 for its own operations. Based in the United Kingdom, the Charities Aid Foundation has offices in Russia, Australia, Bulgaria, India, South Africa, and the United States. It distributes more than $500 million annually to charitable causes worldwide on behalf of individual, corporate, and trust clients.
The program goal is to foster the development of community foundations in Ukraine. Ednannia will seek to strengthen the capacity and practice of local philanthropic organizations. It will provide technical assistance and networking opportunities to existing and emerging community philanthropy organizations in Ukraine and will facilitate peer exchanges and mentoring opportunities with partners in neighboring countries. The grantee will also make grants to community foundations for a variety of purposes including matching local giving and capacity development. In 2011-2013, Ednannia increased its support from 4 to 21 emerging and developing community foundations. Collectively, these organizations raised over $750,000 in cash and in-kind donations, and in addition to operational programs, they distributed over $75,000 in grants. Established as an indigenous grantmaker in 1999, Ednannia is well regarded for its rigorous, transparent, responsive, and effective grantmaking in support of community-level, grassroots organizations throughout Ukraine.
The European Foundation Centre is an independent membership association of foundations and corporate funders dedicated to promoting organized philanthropy in Europe and internationally. In 2013, the European Foundation Centre carried out a wide range of activities, including further developing the European Philanthropy House, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2013, and organizing an Annual General Assembly and Conference in Copenhagen in May and a “Euro Philantopics” conference in Brussels in November. In 2014, the European Foundation Centre will continue to focus on (1) making the philanthropic sector’s voice heard in Europe, (2) boosting the professional skills of foundation staff and boards, (3) building networks for like-minded organizations, and (4) telling the story of European philanthropy. Established in 1989 by seven of Europe’s leading foundations, the European Foundation Centre today serves a core membership of over 200 members.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in four countries in the Western Former Soviet Union — Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Our grants fund efforts to develop and strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, including the development of community foundations.
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