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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 the report: Report on Philanthropy SIGN for Sustainability

The study included 2,000 examinees who were reached through social networks and 10 small, medium and large companies. The aim of this study was to identify the attitudes of citizens and companies towards giving for the common good, understanding the notion of philanthropy, motives for giving, the areas to which giving for the common good is directed, and the existence of strategic planning and strategic partnerships with civil society organizations and/or non-profit institutions.

The main finding shows that citizens primarily understood philanthropy as a humanitarian giving. Companies make a distinction between philanthropic and charitable giving, but due to lack of formal strategies on a practical level, there is no plan for giving for the common good. Both citizens and companies agree that there is not a custom of giving for the common good. The reasons for this are difficult economic situation and lack of concrete initiatives of civil society organizations, as well as unfavorable legislation and the absence of stimulating tax incentives that do not respond favorably to giving for the common good in the areas of corporate and individual philanthropy.

Companies have expressed dissatisfaction with past cooperation with civil society organizations, because of lack of quality initiatives, lack of confidence, but also because of the negative image of the entire NGO sector. The companies argue that civil society organizations do not expose their work sufficiently and do not work on the visibility of their activities. However, they say that the potential for cooperation still exists and that CSOs should win over their trust; they should have a clear focus on the solution of concrete problems; they should act transparently, work on creating a good image and offer concrete and innovative initiatives aimed at the common good. Regardless of the aforementioned obstacles, both citizens and companies are willing to give for the common good in many ways, including the financial support but only to organizations recognized as actors who can genuinely carry out actions of common benefit and act transparently. Citizens to some extent, but companies to a greater extent, believe that the media can do more and create a positive atmosphere for the promotion of good actions, but it can also encourage more actions for the common good.