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29-03-16

Local Philanthropy Contributes to Increased Giving for Public Good

On March 29 in Nis, Trag Foundation and Foundation Catalyst, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized a conference on development trends in philanthropy and models of emerging local community foundations, at which the findings of the 2015 Annual Report on Philanthropy were presented.


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24-03-16

Increased Giving for Public Good in 2015

On March 24, the Trag Foundation and Foundation Catalyst, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the findings of the Annual Report on the State of Philanthropy in Serbia in 2015, at Restaurant Caruso in Belgrade. In 2015, an estimated 22 million EUR were donated in Serbia for public good initiatives. According to number of actions of giving the most active donors were citizens through mass individual giving, than follows corporate sector, individuals and other donors. Companies were leading in the amount of donated funds.  Read more >>
23-01-16

2015 VIRTUS Award Winners

The 9th Annual VIRTUS Philanthropy Excellence Award winners for 2015 were announced today at the Annual VIRTUS ceremony held at Belgrade Philharmonic. The awards were presented by: His Excellency Michael Kirby, US Ambassador to Serbia; His Excellency Phillip Pinnington, Canadian Ambassador to Serbia; and, Mr. Oskar Benedikt, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, Radojka Nikolic, President of the VIRTUS jury and Biljana Dakic Djordjevic, executive director of  the Trag Foundation. The awards were given in five long standing categories and an addition 2 special awards.  Read more >>
11-01-16

VIRTUS Award Ceremony

The VIRTUS philanthropy excellence award ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Hall at noon. The VIRTUS Award was established in 2007, to promote corporate social responsibility as a part of sustainable development of companies and corporations, and individuals who contribute to development of philanthropy. The award is intended for companies and corporations, small and medium sized enterprises and individuals who have most effectively contributed to general well-being by providing material or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organisations in 2015.
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2015 Archives

26-10-15

The Ninth Call for VIRTUS Award – Award for Those Who Care – Extended to November 4th 2015

Trag Foundation has extended deadline for applications for this year's call for VIRTUS Award to November 4th 2015. VIRTUS Award is conducted with support from European UnionBalkan Trust for Democracy and in partnership with United States Agency for International Development.  The call is open for all local and international companies, corporations, public and state companies, small and medium enterprises, media, corporate foundations and individuals.

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10-09-15

NINTH VIRTUS COMPETITION LAUNCHED – AWARD FOR THOSE WHO CARE

Trag foundation, with support from the European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy and in direct partnership with USAID, launches the competition for VIRTUS Award for Philanthropy on September 10th 2015. Competition is open for all domestic and foreign companies, corporations, public and state enterprises, small and medium enterprises, media companies, corporate foundations and individuals. The competition is not open to non-profit organizations, public institutions and administrative authorities although they have the right to nominate candidates for the award. Deadline for applications is October 22th, 2015.
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26-08-15

VIRTUS AWARD COMPETITION LAUNCHING SOON

With greatest pleasure, Trag foundation announces that the ninth competition for VIRTUS Award for Philanthropy will be launched soon with the support of the European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy and in direct partnership with USAID. Competition will open on September 10th and last until October 16th. Call for nominations is open to all domestic and foreign companies, corporations, public and state enterprises, small and medium enterprises, media companies, corporate foundations as well as individuals with an exception of non-profit organizations, public institutions and administrative authorities. Same as last year, VIRTUS Award will be presented in 5 categories: Read more >>
20-08-15

Transforming civil society in Western Balkans through cross-border collaboration

With woods of firs, pines and spruces in the background, representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) from Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia gathered in Zlatibor, Serbia to pitch 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 through the conference space. But nothing about this scene is real! In fact, it’s nothing but a simulation.


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30-07-15

Philanthropy for Green Ideas

The fourth Regional forum of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund awarded the best three business ideas based on the principles of sustainable development, from the Western Balkans region. The Forum took place at National park Prokletije in Kosovo in the period from July 24th to July 26th 2015. The prizes in the amount of 10.000 US dollars were awarded to projects that contribute the most to economic development through innovative, sustainable and ecological local business, according to the opinion of the independent international jury.

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14-07-15

USAID and Trag Foundation lauch project to promote local fhilanthropy across Serbia

On Monday, July 13, the Trag Foundation and USAID formally launched a new two- year “Philanthropy for Local Communities” project, worth nearly $326,000 USD. At the ceremony, the Trag Foundation signed contracts with project partners: the Catalyst Foundation, Iskorak Foundation, Front Foundation, Moonlight Foundation and Obrenovac Youth Foundation and the first group of ten local civil society organizations. These partners will promote local philanthropy and raise funds in their communities to support and help solve local problems.


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06-07-15

Regional Training on Fundraising from Local Resources in Zlatibor

In the period of July 6th to 10th Trag Foundation will host Regional Academy as part of the project “SIGN for Sustainability” conducted in 6 countries of Western Balkans, with support from European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy. Regional Academy is the follow up of the program Sustainability Academy conducted in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia in 2013 and 2014. 


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18-06-15

Results of Trag Fundation's Successful Fundraising Program Call: 10 Organization Involved in Education on Fundraising Skills

Trag Foundation's Grants Committee has made decision that the following 10 organization be involved in the training process on fundraising from local resources: Flores, Sjenica, Association of business women “Eve”, Valjevo, Association for help to persons with disabilities „Passangers“, Aranđelovac, Society for fighting cancer, Sombor, Association for animal care from Banat "BETA" Zrenjanin, Center for support to women, Kikinda, Young ambassadors, Niš, Association Urban nucleus, Smederevo, Vega youth center, Belgrade, Center Rainbow, Novi Sad.

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21-05-15

Held Serbia Visions – The First Multicongress in Serbia

The first multicongress Serbia Visions took place on Saturday in Belgrade in organization of Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and German - Serbian Business Association. Serbina Visions gathered large number of civil society organizations and companies with the aim to instigate their mutual cooperation and advance philanthropy in Serbia.

Trag Foundation has participated as organizer of the panel discussion “Development of philanthropy in Serbia” featuring the speakers -  Nathan Koeshall from Catalyst Foundation, Nemanja Brković from Bambi Concern, Aleksandar Prica fro Association Rainbow and Marija Mitrović from Trag Foundation.

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24-04-15

The one that has - does not give, the one that has learned to give - does

The Bosnian proverb "the one that has - does not give, the one that has learned to give - does" is the best description of the work of  Svetlana Urošević from Grocka, the winner of the first VIRTUS Award for individual contribution to philanthropy. Svetlana has received an award for initiating and conducting over 100 actions in the area of health protection, social inclusion, animal protection and support to families from affected areas. It is estimated that she alone provided more than 30.000 Eur for realization of these initiatives in the last year.


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28-03-15

Announced: Winners of 2014 VIRTUS Award for Philanthropy

The winners of VIRTUS Award for Philanthropy for initiatives and programs conducted in 2014, have been announced during the official ceremony held at Metropol Palace hotel in Belgrade. Hosts of the ceremony were Kori Udovički, Deputy Minister for Public Administration and Local Self-Governanace and Ambassador Michael Davenport, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. Awards are presented in 5 categories, introducing the Award for individual contribution to philanthropy for the first time. Due to high quality programs and projects implemented in 2014, jury has decided to award 4 special recognitions.
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26-03-15

VIRTUS Award Ceremony on March 28th 2015

We are announcing that VIRTUS Award Ceremony will take place on March 28th 2015, in hotel Metropol Palace, exactly at noon. The main prizes will be awarded by Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in the Government of Serbia and Ambassador Michael Davenport, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia. Call for nominations was opened on January 12th, 2015 and lasted until February 12th, 2015. Although the number of categories was decreased this year, we have received a great number of applications and the jury had a demanding task to select the winners. VIRTUS jury is made out of prominent individuals and experts from business, civil sector, media and marketing.

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2014 Archives

01-12-14

Results of the First Sustainability Academy – Program Intended to Support Financial Sustainability of Civil Society Organizations

“If you want to see some change in your local community, you have to be the part of that change” - Vesna Bondžić, Women's center “Milica”.
 
Trag Foundation, together with partners from SIGN network, recorded stories of 5 organizations, participants in the program Sustainability Academy. A video “A good SIGN” was filmed with desire to pass precious experience civil society organizations gained during the process of fund raising in local communities where they operate, to other CSOs. 

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31-07-14

“Standards for Fund Raising” - Call to Sign

Believing that civil society organizations' dedication to transparency and responsibility is one of preconditions for nurturing and developing philanthropy in the region, within the project “SIGN for Sustainability”, the network of independent foundations in South East Europe (SIGN) has defined Standards for Fund Raising and calls to sign this document.


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11-07-14

United Citizens Transformed the Center of Medoševac

At the initiative  of members of association “True Step” and thanks to their work, newly renovated village center with drinking fountain and rest area was open for use yesterday in Medoševac near Niš.



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26-06-14

Festival PATOSoffIRANJE Begins Tomorrow in Smederevo

Theater PATOS organizes tenth anniversary of International multimedia festival PATOSoffIRANJE, in Smederevo, from June 27th to July 5th 2014.
Festival will take place on the streets, squares and in town's pedestrian zones, and in the premises of the Cultural center Smederevo.

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19-06-14

“Creative Industries Business Incubator” Opening in Niš

On today's press conference held in Niš Media Center, organization “Proactive” has announced the beginning of implementation of the project New Quality -“Creative Industries Business Incubator”. The project will be implemented with funds raised during the program Sustainability Perspective of Trag Foundation.



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30-04-14

Small Football Tournament “Let's Renovate Grabovac” Took Place in Trstenik

Solid response to charity small football tournament, well handled event organization and support of local self-government have contributed to raising additional 50.000 dinars for renovation of Grabovac, the medieval fortress near Trstenik.




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28-04-14

Storks Don't Bring Culture, but AJDE Fest Does!

Association of Youth from Kruševac has initiated campaign “Storks don't bring culture” in order to raise public awareness on the importance of culture and necessity of individual involvement in resolving problem of non-systematic financial support to cultural manifestations in this town.




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22-04-14

Collecting E-Waste Action

The group of young enthusiasts from Obrenovac gathered around Association Eco-Yard continues to perform actions of collecting electronic and electrical waste, within its fundraising campaign for establishment of Eco-Cultural Center.





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22-04-14

700 runners run 27th Belgrade marathon for BELhospice

BELHospice team, currently counting almost 700 runners, will run in 27th Belgrade marathon, on March 27th 2014, and in that way show its support to continuation of the work of this unique center for palliative care of terminally ill oncology patients.



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04-04-14

The First Internet Conference IT Open Held in Kragujevac

On Saturday and Sunday, 29th and 30th of March 2014, Kragujevac hosted the first Internet conference IT open in organization of association of citizens Vido. The topic of the conference was “Search Engine Optimization”. The aim of the conference was to point out to SEO as a mean to increase knowledge of young people about the possibilities and advance use of Internet as a chance to employment, earning money and promotion. The conference provided opportunity to gain and advance SEO skills, exchange opinions between experts and beginners and overview of the current SEO trends.

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27-03-14

The Flavor of True Values

Yesterday at Mixer House, during the 26th Belgrade Ignite, association of citizens “Serbia on the Move” presented its “spark” chocolate. The sales of this chocolate will finance activities of citizens directed towards solving problems in local community.



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19-03-14

For a Sustainable Drop In Center

“Center for Youth Integration” has been working with children living and working on the streets of the Belgrade territory for nine years now. Today, more than 400 children is involved in Center's various programs.
Center has initiated the project “For a Sustainable Drop In Center” so that children coming to Drop In Center could count on responsible protection and permanent support.

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28-02-14

Ready for Successful Fund Raising

After three training modules and developed fund raising plans  within the program Successful Fund Raising program of Trag Foundation, following 12 organizations have been chosen to receive technical support in the amount of 70.562,00 dinars:


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20-01-14

2013 VIRTUS Award Winners Announced

Winners of the VIRTUS Award for Corporate Philanthropy for actions and programs implemented during 2013  have been announced during official ceremony in hotel Hyatt . The main award – for contribution at national level – was presented by Michael Davenport, the Head of the European Union Delegation in the Republic of Serbia. Awards have been presented for all eight categories.



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17-01-14

VIRTUS Award Ceremony on January 18th 2014

The winners of VIRTUS Award for Corporate Philanthropy will be announced at the ceremony that will be held on January 18th 2014, in Hotel Hyatt Regency Belgrade, exactly at noon. Call for nominations was opened on September 16th 2013 and lasted until November 1st 2013. This year, Trag foundation received a great number of applications and, given that a lot of them came from new applicants, the jury had a demanding task to select the winners. As every year, VIRTUS jury is made out of prominent individuals and experts from business, civil sector, media and marketing.

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2013 Archives

23-12-13

How Does a Tree Grow

Association “Green Circle” has organized a selling exhibition of paintings within the action “How Does a Tree Grow”. The exhibition took place on December 11th in Bački Petrovac. Association has raised 44.500 dinars that will be doubled by Trag Foundation.
Gathered funds will be used for procurement of seedlings for four primary schools in Bački Petrovac Municipality, within the action “How Does a Tree Grow”.






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23-12-13

Results of the Competition for the Program Sustainability Perspective: Five Organizations Receive Technical Grant

Based on the final plans and interviews conducted with eight organizations that had the opportunity to develop detailed plans for fund raising, Donation Board of Trag Foundation has made a decision on supporting five organizations that will receive technical grant. Decision was made in November 2013 and the following organizations are recipients:


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11-12-13

Results of Competition for Trag Foundation Program Successful Fundraising: 12 Organizations Involved in Education on Fundraising Skills

Donation Board of Trag Foundation has made a decision that following 12 organizations will be involved in the process of education on fundraising skills from local resources:





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08-12-13

Corporate Volunteering: “Intesa from the Heart” for Elderly

During November, Bank Intesa has organized socializing with elderly citizens in three Serbian towns, within its corporate volunteering program “Intesa from the Heart”.





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04-12-13

Association “Half Way There” Invites to Photo Exhibition

Pančevo Association “Half Way There” will organize photo exhibition presenting the works of its beneficiaries – persons facing intellectual challenges, on December 5th from 17 to 20 hours in Café gallery “Eco Pavillion” Donations made from selling tickets will be used for further actions of Association.







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03-12-13

Another Successful Fund Raising Party

Association Space has earned 48000 dinars from sold tickets by organizing the concert named “Sweet escape” in Cultural center Grad on November 30th. 
The concert was dedicated to the persons facing mental health challenges, and performers included Intruder,  Mistake Mistake, DJ Shomy Woodman and DJ Zoe.



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25-11-13

Results of Sustainability Perspective Program Competition: Eight Organizations Entered Shortlist

Selection Board for Sustainability Perspective – the program for innovative fund raising and philanthropic practices, has made a decision that following eight organizations will be involved in the further course of this program:





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12-11-13

Great Response to the Humanitarian Concert for the Beneficiaries of Psychiatric Services

On November 9th, the association Space has organized humanitarian concert for  the beneficiaries of psychiatric services named “Can You Hear, Can You Feel?”.
The funds raised from ticket sales will be used for the follow up of Art therapy workshops and organization of art programs Space conducts outside psychiatric institutions.


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25-10-13

EXTENDED: Competition Deadline for VIRTUS Award 2013

Trag foundation (former BCIF) with support of the European Commission and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia (SIPRU) awards VIRTUS Award for Corporate Philanthropy for the seventh time in a row. The Competition is open for all domestic and foreign companies, as well as corporate funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities. We hereby announce that the deadline for applications has been extended until November 1st 2013. Read more >>
15-10-13

Successful Volunteer Action Marked the First National Donation Day

Initiative to celebrate the first national Donation Day was launched by the Serbian Philanthropy Forum, with the aim to promote and instigate development of philanthropy and donation for common well-being.  Donation Day is envisioned as an annual national event to support selected initiatives of public interest. Therefore, the focus of this years' event was support to association “Let's shake hands” for establishing necessary social services.




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27-09-13

Conference on Fund Raising in Media Center in Niš

Civil society organizations Proaktiv and Media Center from Niš have organized conference on fund raising – collecting financial means, with the support of the Embassy of the  United States.




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27-09-13

Open Call for Perspective for Sustainability – Program for Innovative Fund Raising and Philanthropy Practices

The program Perspective for Sustainability aims to instigate civil society organizations and networks to strategically envision and use innovative philanthropy and fund raising practices in order to achieve long term sustainability and serve as a model to other  civil society organizations in becoming sustainable.
The program is created with the aim to help civil society organizations/networks to resolve the issue of their long term sustainability. Program will be implemented in two phases -  fund raising process and matching donation for realization of project activities.
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27-09-13

Good Deeds Will Come Back to You - Corporate Philanthropy Guide Presentation

On September 23rd 2013, Trag Foundation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit (SIPRU) held a meeting named “Existing tax reliefs for  common good donations in the Republic of Serbia” for  representatives of 39 companies, small and medium enterprises and civil society organizations.





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17-09-13

SEVENTH VIRTUS COMPETITION LAUNCHED – AWARD FOR THE COMPANY THAT CARES


Belgrade, September 16th – Competition for seventh VIRTUS corporative philanthropy excellence award is launched on September 16th 2013. Deadline for accepting applications is October 25h 2013. This award is presented by Trag foundation, formerly known as Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), with financial assistance from European Commission and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia (SIPRU).
VIRTUS award was established in 2007, as the first recognition of this kind in Serbia. It is intended for companies and corporations who have most effectively contributed to general well-being by providing material or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organisations in 2012/13.

VIRTUS promotes the idea of corporative philanthropy and responsible business attitude, with the aim of providing public support for projects which contribute to public good, as well as motivating the greatest possible number of companies, entrepreneurs and individuals to join similar actions. Unabated interest of numerous foreign and domestic companies for this award in the past years shows that donations for public good had become an integral part of business activity in Serbia. Read more >>
04-06-13

Call for Participation in Sustainability Academy Program

With the aim to support civil society organizations to work on their long term financial sustainability and to establish closer cooperation with wide circle of potential donors in local community, Balkan Community Initiative Fund and partners within SIGN network have initiated program Sustainability Academy intended to build capacity of organizations so they could achieve sustainability through diversifying financing sources and bigger participation of citizens in their work. Read more >>
24-05-13

SIGN Network Impacts Sustainability of Civil Society Through Philanthropy Development

Independent foundations from six countries in the region, gathered in SIGN network, started project   that will gain significant support of citizens and local partners by creating favorable environment for philanthropy development and donating for common good and openly working on fund raising in local communities, which will further contribute to sustainability of civil society organizations and increase of their impact in democratization processes in western Balkan. Read more >>
15-03-13

Results of Competition for BCIF's Program Successful Fundraising: Twelve Organizations Selected for Fundraising Training

Selection Committee for the program Successful Fundraising has selected twelve organizations to participate in the further course of this program. In March, April and May 2013 these organizations will attend three three-day educational seminars in fundraising from individual and corporate donors in local community.  Read more >>
21-02-13

The Research “Individual and Corporate Philanthropy” Published on BCIF Web Site

As of today, you can read the  research “Individual and Corporate Philanthropy” on our web site.

With the aim to continuously monitor attitudes of citizens and companies on philanthropy, BCIF has conducted another research whose results will be used to improve BCIF's actions in this area, but also to determine action directions of Serbian Philanthropic Forum in the area of philanthropy development in Serbia. Read more >>
04-02-13

Presentation of the Research „Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia“

The main findings of the research „Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia“ were presented during the conference on individual and corporative philanthropy in Serbia, organized by Balkan Community Initiative Fund on January 31st 2013.



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01-02-13

The Conference “Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia” Took Place

The interest in philanthropy in Serbia grows although there are no long term investments in communities yet, even though both citizens and companies are interested to invest in common good, but they lack stimulus from surroundings, favorable legal framework and trust in initiators of such actions, it has been stated during today's conference on individual and corporative philanthropy in Serbia.



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29-01-13

Research on Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia

Balkan Community Initiative Fund (BCIF) organizes presentation of the research „Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia“ on January 31st 2013 in Belgrade.
The research „Individual and Corporate Philanthropy in Serbia“  aimed to obtain the data on attitudes of citizens and companies towards philanthropy and significance of donations for common good, the most prominent stakeholders, models and practices of philanthropic donations, to provide insight in the areas where those donations were directed to, and to emphasize examples of good practices. Read more >>
29-01-13

Successful Fundraising Program Competition Now Open

Within the program Civil Society for the Future, Balkan Community Initiative Fund (BCIF) in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and with financial support of American Agency for International Development (USAID) conducts program Successful Fundraising. This program aims to support citizens associations in achieving sustainability through  diversifying financing sources, exploring new methodologies of fundraising in local communities and instigating individual and corporative philanthropy. Read more >>
21-01-13

Awarded VIRTUS 2012 Awards for Corporate Philanthropy

On January 19th, at National Assembly VIRTUS 2012 Awards for corporate philanthropy were awarded.
 
This Award is presented by Balkan Community Initiative Fund ((BCIF) in cooperation with Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of Government of the Republic of Serbia, and with support of American Agency for International Development (USAID) and Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). Read more >>

2012 Archives

07-08-12

Kikinda Youth Fund Raising

Within the “Successful Fund Raising” program, organization Kikinda Youth Initiative has finished fund raising in their local community gathering the sum of  2.267,39 USD that was later doubled by BCIF...

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06-08-12

Once Again Novi Sad Successful in Fund Raising

Within the program “Successful Find Raising” CK13 Youth Center has completed raising funds in local community gathering the sum of  USD 1,140.55 that was doubled by BCIF...

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03-08-12

Proactive Fund Raising

Association of citizens Proaktiv from Niš has finished fund raising within the program “Successful Fund Raising” gathering the sum of  4.189,87 USD that was later doubled by BCIF...

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31-07-12

The Second Meeting of The Serbian Philanthropic Forum

The Foundation Hemofarm was the host of the second meeting of members of Serbian Philanthropic Forum that took place in Belgrade, on July 30th 2012.  Snežana Radočaj, executive director of Hemofarm Foundation has supported the work of the Forum and presented current work of Foundation...

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10-07-12

Successful Fund Raising in Belgrade, Pančevo and Novi Sad

Association of experts FICE Serbia has finished fund raising within the program “Successful Fund Raising” and succeeded to gather over 6000 USD. BCIF has provided the additional grant totaling 5000 USD...

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05-07-12

Organization SOS Women's Center Successful in Fund Raising

Within the program “Successful Fund Raising” the organization SOS Women's Center from Novi Sad has gathered financial means within local community and collected the amount totaling 4750 USD that BCIF doubled...

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26-05-12

Serbian Philantophic Forum Gathered Philanthropists

Banka Intesa hosted the meeting of all members of Serbian Philantophic Forum that took place on May 24th in Belgrade.  Rajka Šinik, Bank Intesa corporative communications manager supported the work of this Forum on behalf of the bank, emphasizing how important for the business of every company is to be involved in local community...

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25-04-12

Penny is Not Petty – Giving Hand, Joyous Heart – Campaign Report

Balkan Community Initiative Fund (BCIF), supported by US International Development Agency (USAID) and in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) conducted campaign“Penny is not petty – giving hand, joyous heart” with the aim to raise awareness and solidarity of citizens about the importance of philanthropy, especially individual donations for common good and those who are in need. Funds raised during campaign have been donated to the children from dysfunctional  families, gathered within the Children’s club “Moonlight” in Subotica  http://www.foundmoon.erdsoft.eu, association that organizes children’s evening clubs in cooperation with primary schools...

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19-03-12

Novi Pazar and Trstenik Successful in Fund Raising

Within the program “Successful Fund Raising”, Association for help to mentally challenged persons Novi Pazar and Moravski orašak from Trstenik have successfully finished fund raising within their local communities and they have collected maximum amount of 5000 USD that was later doubled by BCIF...

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04-03-12

Philanthropic Bazaar

Novi Sad Youth center CK13 has initiated campaign to raise funds within the program “Successful Fund Raising”. The beginning of the campaign was on Saturday, March 3rd, and it was earmarked by sales bazaar of craft works where everybody could contribute by buying painting, broach or felt hats...

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2011 Archives

03-12-11

Traditional VIRTUS 2011 Awards Granted

On Saturday, December 3rd 2011 VIRTUS awards for corporate philanthropy were awarded.  For the fifth time in a row the representatives of civil societies, companies, the Government and the media assembled at National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade in order to award the people who have been investing most in non-profit initiatives during 2011.  Giving for the general welfare is the field in which Balkan Community Initiatives Fund has been devotedly working during its twelve years of existence...

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15-11-11

The Good People Organization Has Successfully Completed the Fundraising Process

The Good People organization from Valjevo has successfully completed the fundraising process necessary for the putting up of containers and implementing the competition in collecting PET packaging at schools.  With support from BCIF and VIA Foundation, and within Fundraising from Local Sources program, The Good People have implementedHelp the Planet by Recycling project...

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07-11-11

Fundraising from Local Sources - Cobra Group

Cobra Group from the villages Donja Toponica and Donja Trnava has successfully completed fundraising for the opening of an Internet center in their community.  With support from BCIF and VIA Foundation, and within Fundraising from Local Sources program, The Cobras have implemented Be a Part of the Network project.  By opening the Internet center, Be a Part of the Network project has been officially concluded in a very successful manner...

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17-10-11

Ready for Successful Fundraising

After the completion of the three training modules and the fundraising plans, seven organizations were selected within Successful Fundraising program.  The organizations will receive the means for technical support in the amount of 1.250 dollars.  The means will enable them to prepare for the fundraising process itself...

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05-10-11

Competition for VIRTUS Award Extended to October, 14th

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) has reached a decision to extend the deadline for submitting VIRTUS award applications to October, 14th, 2011.VIRTUS award was established in 2007, as the first recognition of its kind in Serbia.  It is intended for companies and enterprises which have during 2010/11 contributed to the general welfare in the most effective manner, by providing nonprofit organizations or civil society organizations with material or other type of support...

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06-09-11

The Fifth VIRTUS Competition Open- The Award for a Company That Cares

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund traditionally awardsthe VIRTUS award for corporate philanthropy to the most responsible companies in Serbia. 

The competition for the VIRTUS award for corporate philanthropy opens on September 6th 2011.  The deadline forsubmitting applications is October 7th 2011.  Balkan Community Initiatives Fund is awarding the award for the fifth time in a row, with financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in cooperation with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC)...

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21-07-11

Promotions of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations

In cooperation with European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, BCIF has held four promotions of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations during June and July 2011.  The promotions were held in Niš, Kragujevac, Belgrade and Novi Sad. In November 2010 the new Law on Foundations was passed.  The registration of new foundations, and adjusting the old foundations with the new regulations officially started on March 1st 2011 and it will last for a year...

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11-07-11

Promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations in Novi Sad

We would like to invite you to the promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations, which will be held in Novi Sad, on July 13th 2011 at Auditorium 1 of Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Vladike Platona Street, starting at 11 o’clock. In November 2010 the new Law on Foundations was passed.  The registration of new foundations, and adjusting the old foundations with the new regulations officially started on March 1st 2011 and it will last for a year...

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07-07-11

Promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations in Belgrade

We would like to invite you to the promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations, which will be held in Belgrade, on July 11th 2011 at Assembly of the City of Belgrade, starting at 12 o’clock. In November 2010 the new Law on Foundations was passed.  The registration of new foundations, and adjusting the old foundations with the new regulations officially started on March 1st 2011 and it will last for a year...

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06-07-11

The Second Grant in Fundraising from Local Sources Program Awarded

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund will award the second grant in the amount of 3,000 euros to Q Club from Belgrade within Fundraising from local sources program. The idea of this program is for the participating organizations to receive first financial support within their community, that is to fundraise the means for their activities from individuals and companies in the cities they work in, and then to receive a grant from BCIF...

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03-07-11

Promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations in Kragujevac

We would like to invite you to the promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations, which will be held in Kragujevac, on July 5th 2011 at Italija restaurant, Crveni krst, Kragujevac, starting at 12 o’clock. In November 2010 the new Law on Foundations was passed.  The registration of new foundations, and adjusting the old foundations with the new regulations officially started on March 1st 2011 and it will last for a year. ...

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21-06-11

The First Matching Grant in Fundraising from Local Sources Program

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund will award the first grant in the amount of 3,000 euros to Rainbow Association from Šabacwithin Fundraising from local sourcesprogram. The idea of this program is for the participating organizations to receive first financial support within their community, that is to fundraise the means for their activities from individuals and companies in the cities they work in, and then to receive a grant from BCIF...

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21-06-11

Promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations in Niš

We would like to invite you to the promotion of the Guide for Implementing the Law on Foundations, which will be held in Niš, on June 28th 2011 at Media Center Niš, starting at 12 o’clock. 

In November 2010 the new Law on Foundations was passed.  The registration of new foundations, and adjusting the old foundations with the new regulations officially started on March 1st 2011 and it will last for a year...

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03-06-11

The First Meeting with Journalists on the Topic of Philanthropy Held

On Thursday, June 2nd in Belgrade Balkan Community Initiatives Fund organized a meeting and working breakfast with journalists and media representatives with a goal to introduce the topic of philanthropy to the broader public and to enable continuous media coverage.  The journalists of the following media participated in the meeting: Vreme, Viva, Radio Beograd, Kreator tim, Beta, Blic Žena, Balkan Magazin, B92, Danas and Portal Svet osiguranja.....

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01-06-11

Penny is Not Petty Campaign’s Finale

On Saturday, May 28th, “Penny is not Petty” action’s money box was officially emptied.  The completion of the eight month Balkan Community Initiatives Fund’s (BCIF) campaign was celebrated at „Kizur Istvan“ Elementary school in Subotica....

 

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25-05-11

Social event in Subotica to Mark the End of the Action “Penny is not Petty”

The final event of the campaign “Penny is not Petty” will be held on Saturday, 28th May in Subotica, the town in which, due to the initiative of the Moonlight Foundation, the idea of evening clubs for socially excluded children was realized. The former idea and a dream, with lots of hard work and efforts, has been turned into ten successful clubs for children in three towns - Subotica, Novi Becej and Gornji Milanovac....

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19-05-11

Held Conference on Partnerships

 “In the process of integration of Serbia, the European Union requires a strong partnership and cooperation between civil society and public authorities at all levels”, said Deputy Head of EU Delegation in Serbia, Adriano Martins, opening the Conference on partnerships that was held on 18th May at the Palace of Serbia....

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18-05-11

Realized the Second Training within “Successful Fundraising” Programme

The second module of training for 12 citizens’ associations that participate in the program “Successful fundraising” was held from 13th to 15th May in Belgrade. After the first module in which the elements of strategic planning and the place of fundraising in a strategic plan were being analysed, this module was dedicated to the principles of corporate and individual fundraising, ie. individuals and companies as givers...

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29-04-11

Conference on Partnerships on May 18th

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), The EU Office for Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations in Serbia (TACSO), TheOffice for Cooperation with Civil Societyof theGovernment of the Republic of Serbia, United Nations Global Compact in Serbia andBusiness Leaders Forum Serbia are organizing Conference on Partnerships which will be held on Wednesday, May 18th in Palace of Serbia at 9 AM....

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18-04-11

New Funds Collected – Fundraising from Local Sources Program

Organizations, which are involved in Fundraising from local sources program, are continuing activities for fundraising from individuals and companies from their communities.  Since mid February over 285,000.00 dinars in money donations have been fundraised from individuals and the economy sector...

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12-04-11

The First Training in Successful Fundraising Program Took Place

From April 8th to April 10th the first training in Successful fundraisingprogram was held in Belgrade.  The training dealt with the elements of strategic planning and basic fundraising terms, and had for its goal connecting the fundraising process with the organization’s  general strategic frame.  Two representatives from each of the twelve organizations which had been selected to participate in the program attended the training...

 

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04-04-11

Penny Is Growing

After six months of “Penny is not Petty” campaign, during which money has been fundraised for “Moonlight” foundation from Subotica, the time has come to make a small recap of this philanthropic action.  During the adding up of the results, our heart was getting ever more joyous, in accordance with the action’s slogan “Giving hand, joyous heart”.  Until April 1st 286,229.00 dinars had been raised...

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29-03-11

Twelve Organizations Were Selected for Successful Fundraising Program

Sixty-six civil society organizations have applied for the competition forSuccessful fundraising program.  The competition was closed on March 11th.  The following 12 organizations were selected during the two selection rounds:...

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07-03-11

The First Donations Collected- Fundraising from Local Sources Program

Organizations White Birch from Kruševac and TheCobra from Donja Trnava have collected the first donations within Fundraising from local sources program.White Birch has received the first donation for its action of greening the schoolyard of Vladislav Savić Jan elementary school in local municipality of Parunovac in Kruševac.  There were 30 seedlings which have been donated by Aleksandar garden from the Kruševac settlement of Mali Šiljegovac.  The goal of White Birch was to raise the funds for 250 seedlings in total from individuals and enterprises...

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01-03-11

The Second Study Visit to Holland within CSO's – Strong Partners in Social Welfare System Reform project

From February 7th to 10th 2011 Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), in cooperation with its partner the SCAN Foundation from Holland, organized a second study visit to Holland, this time intended for the representatives of institutions and other relevant actors whose activities aim at improving the quality of life and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in Serbia, within CSO's – Strong Partners in Social Welfare System Reform project...

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24-02-11

ISC Announces the Innovation Fund Request for Applications

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is implementing a seven-year Civil Society Advocacy Initiative (CSAI) program that seeks to support civil society in Serbia in its ability to help citizens take responsibility for determining the kind of society they live in by increasing citizen participation in all aspects of public life. Through grants, training, and networking opportunities, CSAI helps citizen initiatives and civil society organizations (CSOs) more effectively communicate their priorities and coordinate with government, the private sector, and others to tangibly improve people's lives...

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18-02-11

Evaluation Meeting and Contract Signing – Fundraising from Local Sources Program

On February 10th, withinFundraising from local sources program a meeting was held in Belgrade with the nine organizations which have received the funds for technical support: Center for Creative Development (Knjaževac), Association for the Development of Creativity (Aleksinac), The White Birch (Kruševac), Q Club and ApsArt (Belgrade), The Good People (Valjevo), The Rainbow (Šabac), The Cobra (Donja Trnava) and Green Road signs (Raška).Apart from contract signing, the meeting encompassed going through concrete questions regarding financial management during the fundraising process, as well as the evaluation of the program course up to now...

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2010 Archives

24-12-10

National Lottery of Serbia Joins „Penny is Not Petty“ Action

National Lottery of Serbia has joined „Penny is not petty“ action, which is being implemented by Balkan Community Initiatives Fund, in order to help socially neglected children and to improve the quality of their lives. Specially labeled boxes will be placed in five refurbished Lottery offices in Belgrade, Kragujevac and Požarevac. The citizens will be able to put their small change into the boxes, which thus becomes more than change – it becomes a valuable help for those children...

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23-12-10

Public Class on Philanthropy for High School Students of Pančevo

Regarding „Penny is not petty – giving hand, joyous heart“ campaign, on December 22nd, 2010 a public class on the importance of individual giving was held in Pančevo high school. The students were presented with an opportunity to find out more about the history of philanthropy in our country and the rest of the world, and to get acquainted with the ways to help the vulnerable ones on the example of the famous people who are great philanthropists...

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21-12-10

Recognition for Filantrobook – Penny is not Petty

On Society of Economical Propagandists of Serbia traditional annual award ceremony, in the category of On-line projects, Silver awardwas given to Ovation marketing agency for non-profit project Filantrobook – Penny is not Petty. By cute Filantrobook game, which is part of Penny is not Petty campaign...

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13-12-10

Public Class at Philological High School

A series of public classes on the importance of philanthropy within the scope of „Penny is not petty – Giving hand, joyous heart“campaign was continued on December, 13th at Philological High School in Belgrade. This was an opportunity for the students of Philological High School to find out more about the history of philanthropy in our country and the rest of the world, as well as to recognize the ways by which they may launch similar actions within their own environment...

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02-10-12

Back to the Tradition of Philanthropic Culture – The First Charity Organizations Forum Held

Regarding the presentation of the new Law on Foundations, on December, 12th Charity Organizations Forum was organized for the first time, where domestic societies and individuals got together...

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06-12-10

Traditional VIRTUS 2010 Awards Granted

Belgrade, December 4th, 2010 – On a gala ceremony held at National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia today, nominees of VIRTUS 2010 award for corporate philanthropy were announced. Traditional annual awards, granted within several different categories, serve as recognitions to the companies and enterprises which especially attributed to the development of philanthropy in the world of responsible business, by their support to social or nonprofit actions or organizations and investments in the general welfare...

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02-12-10

VIRTUS 2010 Award Ceremony on Saturday, December, 4th

On Saturday, December, 4th, on a gala ceremony at National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, VIRTUS 2010 - corporate philanthropy award nominees will be announced. With financial help from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) is granting the award for the fourth time in a row...

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25-11-10

New Law On Foundations

On November, 23rd, 2010 Serbian Assembly adopted Law on foundations, which has for its goal the creation of legal framework which would be encouraging for the development of foundations, and their transparent business and management...

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23-11-10

Law on Foundations Adopted

Serbian Assembly today adopted Law on Foundations, which has for its goal the creation of legal framework which would be encouraging for the development of foundations, and their transparent management...

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16-11-10

Public Classes on the Importance of Individual Giving Held in High Schools of Kruševac and Karlovci

Regarding Penny is not Petty - Giving hand, joyous heartcampaign, which is being implemented by domestic foundation Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), a public class was held in high school of Kruševac on November, 8th, while on November, 12th students of Sremski Karlovci high school participated in a public class...

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02-11-10

Together Towards Sustainable Development

Government Vice President’s Cabinet for European Integrations organized a two day seminar for media’s chief editors.  The meeting was held on October 29th-30th in Banja Koviljaca under the slogan “Together towards Sustainable Development”.  The meeting was held in cooperation with Balkan Community Initiatives Fund andIndependent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, and with financial help from Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency...

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17-10-10

“Penny is not petty! “ Street Action Held

On October, 16th, a street action was held in Belgrade at Nikole Pašica Square, regarding „Penny is not petty! Giving hand, joyous heart“campaign, which is being implemented by domestic foundation Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), which has a goal to raise awareness on the importance of individual giving...

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05-10-10

Competition for VIRTUS Award Extended to October, 15th

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) has reached a decision to extend the deadline for submitting VIRTUS award applications to October, 15th, 2010...

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16-09-10

CSOs – Strong Partners in Social Welfare System Reform

Since June 2010, the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) in Serbia, in partnership with the Skan Foundation in the Netherlands, have been implementing a project entitled CSOs – Strong Partners in Social Welfare System Reform. The project uses Dutch experiences to empower civil society organizations (CSOs) in Serbia to improve the quality and sustainability of social services...

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15-09-10

„Penny is not petty! Giving hand, joyous heart“

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) foundation, with support fromUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is launching a campaign „Penny is not petty! Giving hand, joyous heart“, with the goal to awaken citizens...

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06-09-10

2010 VIRTUS Award Contest Open

The Balkan Community Initiatives Fund traditionally presents the VIRTUS Corporate Philanthropy Award to the companies which have shown the highest degree of social responsibility in Serbia.

The VIRTUS Corporate Philanthropy Award Contest opens on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. The Balkan Community Initiatives Fund, with the financial support of the the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and together with the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ICS), will present the Virtus Award for the fourth time in a row. The contest will be open up to October 7, 2010,...

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25-07-10

„Public Relations and Media Cooperation for Civil Society Organizations“ training in five cities of Serbia

TASCO office in Serbia (Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organizations project) has announced the call for CSOs and media representatives for training on the topic of:„Public Relations and Media Cooperation for Civil Society Organizations“. The key topic of the training will be the ideas and ways for improving the cooperation between Civil Society Organizations and media, and designing common and mutually useful activities for those two sectors...

 

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