News from SIGN Network
SIGNS of Solidarity and Solutions is a regional two-day event organized by SIGN (SouthEast European Indigenous Grantmakers Network) as a closing ceremony of three-year long project funded by the European Commission, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Balkan Civil Society Development Network and German Marshall Fund of the United States.
The aim of the conference is to educate, inform and inspire on philanthropy by shading a light on solidarity and resilience in the time of crisis. Although it is envisioned as a unique moment of celebration, it will also serve as a road map for various actors in the field. The conference will bring together inspirational speeches given by well-known philanthropists from the region and panel discussions tailored to provoke regional dialog and exchange on specific topics relevant for building a conducive environment for philanthropic engagement while the closing ceremony is reserved for the First Regional Philanthropy Award.
From April 20 to 22, 2021, Trag hosted an online Regional Sustainability Academy, gathering civil society organizations from the Western Balkans region. These organizations were previously a part of the national Sustainability Academies, conducted through the SIGN network partners in five countries during 2019. The Sustainability Academy program aims to help the civil society organizations build partnerships with the new donors, improve their long-term financial planning and sustainability by increasing visibility and impact in the communities in which they operate. In the regional part of the program, 32 organizations from five Western Balkan countries took part, gaining the opportunity to learn more about fundraising using traditional and innovative fundraising approaches, know-how on how to empower fundraisers inside and outside their teams, with special attention paid to developing relationships with potential
SouthEast European Indigenous Grantmakers Network (SIGN), celebrated its 10th anniversary by organizing the SIGNs of CHANGE, a one-day event in the Philanthropy House in Brussels. During the event that was hosted by the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and its CEO Gerard Salole, participants had an opportunity to discuss the context for philanthropy development in the Western Balkans region and the ways it addresses the shrinking space for civil society in these countries. Representatives of Trag Foundation from Serbia, Fund for Active Citizenship from Montenegro, Mozaik Foundation from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Forum for Civic Initiatives from Kosovo, HORUS from North Macedonia and Catalyst Balkans from Serbia discussed how they support the non-profits in their countries to mobilize citizens, build trust in their communities and generate social changes. As a part of
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Forum for Civic Initiatives – FIQ (Kosovo)
Fund for Active Citizenship – fAKT (Montenegro)
Mozaik Foundation (BiH)
Trag Foundation (Serbia)
Catalyst Foundation (Serbia)
HORUS (North Macedonia)