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Reflections from the Regional Sustainability Academy 2015

By Otar N. MakharashviliBolder Giving © With woods of firs, pines and spruces in the background representatives from various Civil Society Organizations from Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia gather in Zlatibor, Serbia to pitch their project ideas to a group of Corporate Social Responsibility professionals from across the region. Emotions run high, moods swing, exchanges are tense and words of reassurance radiate…

Regional Sustainability Academy in Zlatibor

July 2015 At the beginning of July, representatives of 25 CSOs from five countries of the region (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo) gathered for the Regional Sustainability Academy in Zlatibor (Serbia), to learn and discuss the advanced methods of ensuring long term sustainability through development of individual and corporate philanthropy in their local communities. The training was organized by SIGN Network within…

SIGN Network launches a video to promote the results of Sustainability Academy

In the summer of 2014 SIGN network recorded stories of 5 organizations that participated in the Sustainability Academy program. A video “A good SIGN” was filmed with desire to promote experience civil society organizations gained during the process of fund raising in local communities where they operate. It also presents the results of this program – 52 organizations have raised 92.000 Euro for realization of…

Trag Foundation and 114 Civil Society Organizations Directed Initiative for Change of Tax Laws to the Ministry of Finances

Today, Trag Foundation and 114 civil society organizations from 36 towns have addressed the Initiative to change tax legislation to the Ministry of Finances of the Republic of Serbia. The initiative aims at legal changes directed to establishment of favorable environment for development of civil society organizations and development of philanthropy in Serbia. Suggestions of legal changes are the result of legal analysis and comparative…

Held Conference “SIGNs for Philanthropy Development: a Regional Perspective”

On October 17th 2014, in Belgrade, the conference “SIGNs for Philanthropy Development: a regional perspective” took place, thus marking the end of the first and the beginning of the second phase of the program “SIGN for Sustainability”. The conference was organized by Trag Foundation and its regional partners from SIGN network, with support from European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy, announcing the second phase…

Philanthropy: Good Things Happen to Good Ones

The concept of philanthropy originated from the Greek words philein + anthropos = love for mankind. The concept of philanthropy has many meanings, and a modern interpretation of the concept represents social solidarity in the form of civil giving for the common good. Bosnia and Herzegovina, in comparison with other countries in the world, through its tax system insufficiently supports individual and corporate giving. On…

Research: Philanthropy in Bosnia and Herzegovina

At the beginning of 2013, Mozaik Foundation in cooperation with the Promente Agency and Think Tank Populari Center, and with the financial support from the European Union, the Balkan Trust for Democracy and the Zeit Foundation within a regional project SIGN for Sustainability, conducted a qualitative and quantitative study of individual and corporate philanthropy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the following link you can download…

How to Achieve Financial Sustainability

In Sarajevo, from 15th to 18th June, a training for members of the Academy of Sustainability was held, at which participants gained new knowledge on the way of creating a qualitative plan for organizational sustainability, primarily focusing on fundraising campaigns. Finding funds from different sources is necessary in order to ensure a steady flow of funds for project activities and for the operating costs, but…

Academy: Applied Fundraising

In Sarajevo, December 6-8th, the third module of the Academy of Sustainability, Applied Fundraising, which is part of the project SIGN for sustainability was held. This Module was attended by two representatives of participant organizations. Participants acquired skills that are necessary to their organizations in order to improve fundraising plans and to get prepared for the implementation of campaigns. The module helped representatives of organizations…

Academy of Sustainability: Training on Fundraising

Module II of Academy of Sustainability, called Beggars or the Socially Responsible Partners, was held November 15-17th, which was attended by two representatives of each organization, members of the Academy of Sustainability. Issues discussed during Module II were: How to motivate people to do good deeds and support activities of your organization? How to increase the number of your friends who have a sense of…
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