Home | Contact | Site map | | SRPSKI

Award

As a regional foundation that supported civic initiatives and local organizations for years, Trag, in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), Magazine Ekonometar, Business Magazine, Color Press Group, Adria Media Group, Blic, Magazine New Economy, Business Info Group and Alma Quatro announces the opening of the competition for the twelfth annual VIRTUS award for companies and individuals that supported non-profit actions or organizations for the public good in the most efficient and effective way in 2018.

This is the first award of this kind ever to be organized in Serbia. It is already a traditional event and a major landmark related to giving for the public good. Based on the previous great accomplishments, we continue to award and acknowledge the exemplary companies and individuals who significantly contributed to the development of philanthropy in their local communities.

OBJECTIVE OF THE COMPETITION:

The objective of this prestigious award is to acknowledge and publicly name companies, enterprises and individuals that provided strategic and long-term support to community development thus setting the best example for others to follow.


One of the objectives of this Award is to promote and encourage philanthropy in our country and to increase the participation of companies, enterprises and individuals in initiatives and programs for public good in the future.


The competition itself offers an opportunity to associations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and final beneficiaries of donations to publicly express their gratitude to donors. On the other hand, the award makes it possible for companies and individuals to get wider public support for the projects to whose implementation they generously contribute.

ELIGIBILITY:

Award nominees can be:

who supported a social or non-profit action or organization during 2018.

Non-profit organizations and state institutions are not eligible to apply for the award. They can be quoted in the application form only as partners of the nominated company/enterprise and/or individual.

WHO CAN NOMINATE:

Award nominees can be proposed by: all interested citizens, individuals, non-profit organizations, media, PR agencies, marketing agencies, and also by companies and enterprises.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

Companies and enterprises can compete for the following award categories:
Individuals can compete in the category:

THE PRIZE:

Winners of the competition will get:


• Specially designed artefact symbolizing the idea of giving for common good

• Significant media promotion by the Trag foundation


The winners in categories related to corporate philanthropy will get the right to display the official sign of VIRTUS Award for 2018 on all their products, promotional material and documents.

COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS:
 

• For this competition, nominated individual and company/enterprise’s activities have to be implemented in the period between January 1st, 2018 and December 31st, 2018. The company/enterprise can apply for one or more corporate philanthropy award categories at the same time.
 

• Enterprises/Companies and individuals who were awarded in one of the five main categories in the previous award cycle are not eligible for nomination in this competition round.
 

• Only completed applications submitted in an appropriate purpose-made application form that arrive within the given deadline will be taken into consideration.
 

The deadline for submission of applications and accompanying documents is February 19th, 2019.

AWARD JURY:

After a thorough consideration of all nominations, a decision on award recipients will be made by an independent jury (selection committee) in accordance with the unique criteria. The jury will consist of prominent individuals coming from the business sector, the CSO sector, media and marketing.

COMPOSITION OF VIRTUS 2018 AWARD JURY

Ana Tozzi
Foreign Investors Council

Galjina Ognjanov
Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade

Katarina Obradović Jovanović
Ministry of Economy

Radojka Nikolić (chairperson of VIRTUS Jury)
NIRA Press

Robert Čoban
Color Press Group
 

BASIC CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF WINNERS:

During the decision making process, the jury will consider several criteria:

Please note: Enterprises/companies and individuals that were awarded in one of the five main categories in the previous award cycle do not have right to be nominated in this competition round. Listed criteria present the basis for decision-making process.

ORGANIZERS:

The entire project, competition and the Awards ceremony is organized by Trag Foundation with financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). VIRTUS is also realized in cooperation with VIA Foundation, Magazine Ekonometar, Business Magazine, Color Press Group, Adria Media Group, Blic, Magazine New Economy, Business Info Group and Alma Quatro as well as many others who recognized the importance and potential of this initiative and provided their support.

VIRTUS Award for 2018 is organized within The Framework for Giving project, funded by USAID, and implemented by the Coalition for Giving, led by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation. Other Coalition members are Trag Foundation, Catalyst Balkans, SMART Kolektiv, Serbian Philanthropy Forum, the Responsible Business Forum and Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. VIRTUS Award is also financed through the "SIGN Up for Impact" project, funded by the European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy and implemented by SIGN Network led by Trag Foundation, in partnership with Fund for active citizenship (MNE), Mozaik Foundation (BIH), Association HORUS (MK), Forum for civic initiatives (KS) and Catalyst Balkans (RS).