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Tenth Jubilee of Award for Philanthropy TRAG FOUNDATION PRESENTS VIRTUS AWARD



The Trag Foundation presented VIRTUS Philanthropy Awards to 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 organizations in 2016.

The awards were presented by Ana Brnabić, Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, H.E. Kyle R. Scott, U.S. Ambassador and Oscar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia. 
 
The Main Award for contribution at the national level was given to Hemofarm. The Award for contribution to the local community in which the company operates was presented to KPMG. Telekom Serbia received the award for long-term partnership between business and the non-profit sector. Yumis from Niš won the award for small and medium enterprises. The benefactor from Novi Pazar, Hido Muratović, won the award for Individual contribution to philanthropy. Winners of special awards were Ljiljana Nedeljković, president and founder of Women Association "Cherry", ERSTE Bank and Ringier Axel Springer.
 
The VIRTUS Award was established in 2007.   The award promotes corporate social responsibility as a part of sustainable development of companies and corporations, and individuals who contribute to the development of philanthropy. The objective of this 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. Through the VIRTUS Award, Trag Foundation promotes philanthropy in Serbia and encourages companies and individuals to get involved in programs and initiatives for public good. 
 
The competition for this year's VIRTUS Award was launched on October 10th and lasted until November 17th, 2016.  The 10th VIRTUS award competition was conducted by Trag Foundation with the support from the European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy, the United States Agency for International Development, Rockefeller Fund and the C.S. Mott Foundation. For more information about Trag Foundation and the VIRTUS award visit:  www.tragfondacija.org/virtus  

TENTHJUBILEE VIRTUS PHILANTHROPY AWARD CEREMONY


 
VIRTUS Award, established in 2007, represents the first and most important award for philanthropy in Serbia. The award is given to companies, small and medium enterprises and individuals who supported non-profit organizations and public good initiatives in the most efficient, long-term and effective way in the previous year.
 
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the tenth, jubilee ceremony of VIRTUS Award for Philanthropy that will be held:
 
On Saturday, January 21st 2017, at noon
in the "Crowne Plaza" Hotel, 10 Vladimira Popovića St.
 
VIRTUS Award will be presented by:
 
- Ana Brnabić, Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government
- H.E. Kyle R. Scott, U.S. Ambassador  
- Oscar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia
 
VIRTUS Award will be given in five main categories: Main award for contribution at the national level, Award for contribution to the local community in which the company operates, Award for small and medium enterprises, Award for long-term partnership between the profit and non-profit sector and Award for individual contribution to philanthropy. Based on the decision of the independent jury, there will be three special awards that will be announced at the ceremony. 
 
The competition for VIRTUS Award was open from October 10th to November 17th, 2016. Award winners were selected by an independent jury whose members are prominent individuals and experts from the government, business sector and the media. VIRTUS Award is organized by Trag Foundation with the support of European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rockefeller Brothers Fund and C.S. Mott Foundation. More details about VIRTUS Award and Trag Foundation can be found at: https://www.tragfondacija.org/virtus.
 
 
For RSVPs and more information please contact:
Kreativa Unlimited, Emina Ferizović, Communications Director
T: + 381 11 71 55 139 71 55 140, M: + 381 63 7704 876 60 02 18 167
eferizovic@kreativaunlimited.com

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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. 
The list of award winners is as follows:
 
I Main Award for Contribution on the national level
Delta Holding d.o.o. Belgrade, for their program “Plantation for Future” that provides financial support and expertise to social enterprises working in the area of agriculture as well as a possibility for product placement through Delta Agrar and YUHOR store chain.
II Award for contribution to the local community in which the company operates
JTI International a.d. Senta, for their financial grants, donations of equipment and employee volunteer work. JTI grants supported the Association of Disabled Workers, a soup kitchen in Senta, and a daily club for elderly in New Belgrade and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
III Award for small and medium enterprises
Nordeus d.o.o. Belgrade, for their support to the “Battle for Maternity Wards” and ”Battle for Schools” campaigns as well as its support to drop in center for children and a children’s shelter. Nordeus provides its support through financial grants, donations of services and equipment as well as volunteer work of their employees, who provide free education to pupils and students in their community.
IV Award for long-term partnership between business and the non-profit sector
GlaxoSmithKline LTD, for their 10 year partnership crowned by the program “PULSE!” that has been implemented for the past 2 years. Within this program, GlaxoSmithKline employees can to spend six months of their working time volunteering for BELHospice. The collaboration resulted in the strategic plan for the capital fundrasining campaign to build Serbia’s first stationary hospice as well as the strategy to create palliative care satellite programs in cities across Serbia.   
V Award for individual contribution to philanthropy
Milomir Glavčić, pensioner from Niagara Falls, Canada, for his donations to institutions and Serbian citizens.  Glavčić, donated funds to the Studenica General Hospital in Kraljevo for a magnetic resonance machine and to the Raska Hospital to purchase an ambulance, an ECG and a defibrillator. He also donated funds towards the construction of the bridge across the Ibar river in Kraljevo and the construction of a cultural center and kindergarten in Jošanička Banja.  He also gave out financial awards to the three top students in each class at a local school and financial support to individuals of his native village.  It is estimated that Glavčić donated over 6.000.000 Euros in total. Regarding his philanthropic efforts, Glavčić says “I am pleased that my small contribution means a lot to someone else. If my support reduced someone’s troubles and made their lives easier out there in my Serbia, and if they were joyous to receive my support, I am a happy man.”
VI Special Award for personal contribution to providing refugee aid
Gordan Paunović, raised over 1.200.000 RSD and collected clothes, shoes, toys, food and personal hygiene items for refugees. He tirelessly shared his experiences on Facebook, motivating hundreds of citizens to get involved with refugees. He organized activities such as breakfast with refugees, football in the park, and “InfoPark”.  “InfoPark” operates in Belgrade, Dimitrovgrad and Presevo to provide assistance to several thousands of refugees daily. Stories of Gordan’s activism have spread around the globe.   
VII Special Award for small enterprise
Giros Plus d.o.o. from Belgrade, for their initiative “Tuesday is a day for Gyros!”. This enterprise has been a member of the Children’s Drop in Center Circle of donors and continuously donates its products to children living or working on the street.
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The 9th VIRTUS award competition was conducted by Trag Foundation with the support from the European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy, and in direct partnership with US Agency for International Development. The competition was open to domestic and foreign companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium sized enterprises, media houses, corporative funds and foundations, and individuals.
 
The VIRTUS award was established in 2007. The award promotes corporate social responsibility as a part of sustainable development  of companies and corporations, and individuals who contribute to the 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. For more information about Trag Foundation and the VIRTUS award visit:  www.tragfondacija.org/virtus
 
Contact:
Miša Stojiljković
VIRTUS award PR
tel. 064 155 84 39
e-mail: virtuspr@tragfondacija.org

 

 

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.
 
The awards will be presented by Kori Udovički, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia and Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, His Excellency Michael Kirby, US Ambassador to Serbia, His Excellency Phillip Pinnington, Canadian Ambassador to Serbia and Mr. Oskar Benedict, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia.
 
The competition was open to all domestic and foreign companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium sized enterprises, media houses, corporative funds and foundations, and individuals. The award winners were selected by an independent jury of individuals and experts from the fields of economy, civil sector, media and marketing.
 
VIRTUS Award for 2015 will be awarded in five main categories:
Main Award For Contribution At National Level
Award For Contribution To The Local Community Where The Company Operates
Award For Small And Medium-Size Enterprise
Award For Long-Term Partnership Between Business And Non-Profit Sector
Award For Individualni Contribution to philanthropy
 
 
Along with these awards, because of high quality programs and projects carried out throughout 2015., the jury decided to bestow special accolades which will be announced during the ceremony.
 
The 9th VIRTUS Award competition was conducted by Trag Foundation with support from the European Union, the United States Agency for International development (USAID), and the Balkan Trust for Democracy.
 
For more information contact:
Miša Stojiljković
VIRTUS award PR
tel. 064 155 84 39
e-mail: virtuspr@tragfondacija.org


 


 
 
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. Non-profit organizations, public institutions and public authorities are not eligible to apply, but they can nominate candidate for Award.
 
This year as well, call for VIRTUS Award is open for nominations in four categories in the field of corporate philanthropy, and in one category for individual contribution to philanthropy. Category for individual contribution is introduced with the aim to instigate those who provide long term support to initiatives for common good and/or civil society organizations in their local community. Many of them have shown high level of awareness during refugee crisis that has hit our country and unselfishly offered their homes  as a temporary refuge, but also personally contributed to helping people escaping wars in their countries.
 
Candidates for Awards in all categories could be nominated by all interested citizens, individuals, non-profit organizations, media PR and marketing agencies, but also companies and enterprises that run corporate philanthropy programs.
 
VIRTUS Award for 2015 will be awarded in the five main categories:
The Award Ceremony will be held in Belgrade, in the second half of January 2016. Winners will be decided by independent jury consisting of respectable individuals and experts in the fields of business, civil sector, media and marketing.
Additional information, detailed conditions of the call as well as application forms are available on the official web site of VIRTUS Award www.tragfondacija.org/virtus.
 
For more information, please contact Marija Mitrović (marijam@tragfondacija.org).

 


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 16th, 2015.

VIRTUS award was established in 2007, as the first and the most relevant recognition for corporate philanthropy in Serbia that promoted corporate social responsibility as basis for the sustainable development of companies. The award is intended for large corporations, as well as small and medium enterprises and individuals who contributed to public good in the most effective way, by providing financial and other types of support to non-profit initiatives or civil society organizations throughout 2014.

Since last year, VIRTUS Award is open for nominations in the category for individual contribution to philanthropy. This category was introduced in order to underline the importance of individuals who provide long term support to initiatives for public good and/or civil society organizations in their communities.
 
Candidates for all categories can be nominated by all interested citizens, individuals, non-profit organizations, media, PR and marketing agencies and companies/enterprises who implement programs related to corporate philanthropy.

Marija Mitrović, Philanthropy program manager in Trag foundation stated: “In the last several years, an increased number of individuals across Serbia got personally involved in the initiatives for development of communities in which they live or supported activities that helped other citizens in need. Inspired by these individuals, during the last competition, we decided to present the Award for individual contribution to philanthropy for the first time as to acknowledge all of them and motivate a larger number of people to get involved in initiatives for commong good in the upcoming period. The public reaction to this award and the first winner were beyond our expectations and this year we hope to have an increased number of candidates, in this as well as other categories that we are presenting.”

VIRTUS Award for 2014 will be presented in five main categories:

  Main Award for Contribution at National Level
  Award for Contribution to the Local Community Where the Company Operates
  Award for Small and Medium-Size Enterprise
  Award for Long-Term Partnership Between Business and Non-Profit Sector
•  Award for Individual Contribution to Philanthropy

Award ceremony will be held in Belgrade, in the second part of January 2016. The award winners will be decided by an independend jury of prominent individuals and experts in the field of economy, civil society sector, media and marketing.

Additional information, detailed conditions of the competition and application form are available at the VIRTUS award official site www.tragfondacija.org/virtus  

Contact:
Miša Stojiljković
PR VIRTUS nagrade
tel. 064 155 84 39
e-mail: virtuspr@tragfondacija.org

 

 
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.

Here is the list of winners with the short description of awarded programs:

I The VIRTUS Main Award for contribution at the national level

Hemofarm a.d., Vršac who was nominated by theatre “Boško Buha” for the campaign "With all my Heart", conducted by the Hemofarm Foundation. This foundation supported a range of projects in the area of health care, culture, children, youth, humanitarian aid and social inclusion. Donations included procurement of medical equipment and renovation of health centers in Serbia, organization of fee preventive medical exams, support to numerous cultural institutions, renovation of "Boško Buha" theatre, partnership with UNICEF, providing scholarships for the best students and pupils and funding programs of peer education for addiction prevention. During May floods, Hemofarm initiated sending aid to affected areas. Hemofarm foundation supported renovation of Gerontology center in Obrenovac, flood relief initiatives in Vršac municipality and provided a house for single mother of four.

II The VIRTUS Award for company's contribution to local community

Koncern Bambi d.o.o., Požarevac was nominated for support to local community in flood relief. Concern Bambi provided money, its products and volunteer support to help endangered areas in the shortest possible time. Bambi is the largest corporate donor of the “Club of UNICEF’s friends Serbia”, establishing more favorable conditions for a happier childhood. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, the company supports primary schools through range of projects directed towards advancement of education for the youngest members of the community.

III The VIRTUS Award for small and medium size enterprises

Banja Komerc Bekament d.o.o., Aranđelovac was nominated for supporting sports associations, cultural institutions, humanitarian organizations and municipalities affected by floods, with over 20 million dinars granted in the previous year.
 
IV The VIRTUS Long-term partnership Award between profit and non-profit making sector

Phillip Morris Operations a.d. was nominated for long term cooperation with ENECA on the project "Start Up For Your Business", that was established in 2009. In the course of the first three years, Phillip Morris and ENECA supported 160 small and family businesses in South Serbia, thus enabling employment of around 600 people through this program. The program subsequently extended to the national level, providing foundation or business expansion for approximately 100 businesses per year.

V The VIRTUS Award for Individual Contribution

Svetlana Urošević from Grocka, who was nominated by her friend Predrag Milošević for initiating and implementing over 100 activities in the area of health protection, social inclusion, animal protection and support to families from flooded areas. It is estimated that Svetlana raised over 30,000 EUR for implementation of these activities over the course of last year.

The Special Award for the contribution to the social inclusion
 
Kotlenik d.o.o who was nominated for providing support to Association of citizens to combat human trafficking and all forms of gender based violence "Atina" by renovating Safe house operated by this association, monthly donation in the amount of 1% of total income for direct support to the victims of human trafficking, education of employees about this phenomenon and joint campaign directed towards partners, buyers and suppliers, to raise awareness about this problem and instigate activism and philanthropy.

The Special Award for Volunteering

Coca Cola HBC Srbija who was nominated by Represent Communications for strategic approach to corporate volunteering. Besides the fact that the employees of Coca Cola HBC were involved in all activities of the program "Movement for Joy", raising the awareness about the importance of physical activity for health advancement, they also donated over 6000 working hours in order to make sure that those endangered by last year's floods received assistance in the shortest possible time.

The Special Award for contribution to recovery from flood damages

Delta Holding who was nominated by Delta Foundation. Together, they have contributed to flood relief through donations in water, food, hygiene products, clothes and shoes. This company provided accommodation for employees and rescuers, psycho-social support for endangered, renovation of 47 and building of 6 new houses in Obrenovac as well as restoration of music studio "Magacin" at Sports and Cultural Center Obrenovac. In cooperation with Delta Agrar, this company developed a program of support to farmers from affected areas through donations in goods and consultancy. Company has enabled buy-out of
agricultural products, thus providing income for individual producers and possibility for advancement of their production.

The Special Award for extraordinary contribution to development of philanthropy in Serbia

Veran Matić who was nominated for contribution to large number of initiatives of general social significance. Thanks to his personal engagement and the engagement through B92 Fund, a number of projects with the long-term impact on health system have been implemented (Battle for the Babies, Battle for Maternity Wards, Battle for Hospitals, mammogram purchase). Besides this, Veran contributed to advancing position of women victims of violence through the “Safe houses” program and to mitigation of poverty consequences through the project "Food for all". He is the laureate of the highest international awards for social work and in the course of last year, he raised over 96 million dinars for advancement of the areas of health protection, social inclusion and poverty and provided support to flood relief through donations in money and goods.
 
The eight annual VIRTUS Award is organized by Trag Foundation with the financial support from European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy. Call was open for all individual donors, domestic and international companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium enterprises, media, as well as corporate funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities.
 
VIRTUS Award, established in 2007, is the first and the most significant award for corporate philanthropy in Serbia that promotes corporate social responsibility as integral part of sustainable development of the company, but also individual contribution to philanthropy.
 
The Award is intended for large-sized, but also small and medium enterprises and individuals that have most effectively contributed to general well-being by providing financial or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organizations in 2014. The Award for individual contribution to philanthropy will be presented for the first time this year, as we would like to emphasize the important role of individuals who provided long-term support to initiatives for public good and/or civil society organizations in their communities.
 
Contact for additional information:
Miša Stojiljković
PR VIRTUS Award
tel. 064 155 84 39
e-mail: virtuspr@tragfondacija.org





VIRTUS Award Ceremony on March 28th 2015

We are announcing that VIRTUS Award Ceremony will take place on March 28th 2015in 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.

VIRTUS Award for 2014 will be awarded in five main categories:
 
·                     The Main Award for the Contribution at the National Level
·                     The Award for Company’s Contribution to the Local Community
·                     The Award for small and medium size enterprises
·                     The Award for the long-term partnership between profit and non-profit sector
·                     The Award for individual contribution to philanthropy
 
Due to high quality programs and projects conducted in 2014, in addition to the main awards, Jury has decided to award special recognitions that would be announced at the ceremony.
The 8th annual VIRTUS Award is conducted by Trag Foundation with financial support from European Union and Balkan Trust for Democracy. Call was open for all individual philanthropists, domestic and international companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium enterprises, media, as well as corporate funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities.
 
VIRTUS Award, established in 2007, is the first and the most significant award for philanthropy in Serbia that promotes corporate social responsibility as integral part of sustainable development of the company, but also individual contribution to philanthropy.
 
The Award is intended for large-sized, but also small and medium enterprises and individuals that have most effectively contributed to public good by providing financial or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organizations in 2014. The Award for individual contribution to philanthropy will be presented for the first time this year, as we would like to emphasize the important role of individuals who provided long-term support to initiatives for common good and/or civil society organizations in their communities.
 
Contact for additional information:
Miša Stojiljković
PR VIRTUS Award
tel. 064 155 84 39
e-mail: virtuspr@tragfondacija.org
 



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, and here is the list of winners:
 
VIRTUS Main Award for contribution at the national level
NIS a.d. Novi Sad was nominated by the Association for Local Development from Kamenica for company's program of financial support to local communities where it operates. In 2013, the program “Cooperation for development” has supported 145 projects with the total amount of 88 million dinars. Also, company runs a program of support to science and education “Energy of knowledge”, and it was also nominated for the New Year's corporate philanthropy action when employees and the company together have raised 4.7 million dinars for procurement of 23 CTG machines, placed in maternity hospitals and wards throughout Serbia.
 
VIRTUS Award for contribution to the local community
Eurobank a.d. Belgrade is nominated by “Ana and Vlade Divac” Foundation for its contribution to the action “Big heart”. Eurobank has provided opportunity for its clients to use unique MasterCard and in that way support renovation of playgrounds in state kindergartens in Serbia. Since 22.000 clients have chosen to use this card so far, this provided means to renovate 10 playgrounds throughout Serbia in 2013.
 
VIRTUS Award for small and medium-size enterprise
Slobodna zona Pirot a.d. was nominated for the support to projects of civil society organizations, supporting citizens to cover medical care costs, financial support to sports activities and providing expert internship to schools and faculties. It was also nominated for participation in the project “ADB Multi platform” aiming to decrease environmental pollution made by traffic.
 
VIRTUS Long-term partnership Award between business and civil sector
Telekom Srbija a.d. was nominated for cooperation and partnership with organization “Junior Achievement in Serbia” that provided possibility to pupils all over Serbia to learn how business operates in both theory and practice, at the same time instigating their independent thinking and ideas development. This year-round cooperation developed through the mentoring and the competition “Business challenge” that enabled high schoolers to resolve realistic business problem with mentors' support.
 
VIRTUS Award for the contribution to the social inclusion
Delta Holding d.o.o. was nominated by the Association of parents of children and young people with developmental challenges “Meeting point” within the first National Donating Day. By providing financial donation and hiring the construction company, the company has helped to completely fix up the premise where children with developmental challenges and their parents from Zemun polje, Dobanovci and Ugrinovci will receive support through extracurricular activities and innovative support services.
 
VIRTUS Award for the most innovative project of the year
Concern Bambi a.d. was nominated for the action “Juhu! Playgrounds” that was initiated with the wish to beatify playgrounds for the youngest, in order to provide better conditions for healthy development that includes doing sports. During the action, company Bambi was allocating 1 dinar out of the sale of each “Juhu Plazma” chocolate bar that was later invested in renovation of playgrounds that won the biggest number of votes from the visitors of the official Juhu! Facebook page.
 
VIRTUS Award for volunteering
Banca Intesa a.d. Belgrade continuously conducts volunteer actions within its corporate volunteering program “Intesa from the Heart”. The most massive volunteer action of the Bank “Wrap a gift – elicit smile” is realized independently, while ecological actions are usually implemented in cooperation with partners from civil sector. On the eve of the New 2013 year, employees of the bank have made 2.000 packages that the teams of Bank Intesa Santa Clauses and helpers distributed to youngsters in eight primary schools and one kindergarten. The project was completed with 2.024 volunteer hours and in kind donation totaling 1.124.000,00 dinars.
 
VIRTUS Award for media contribution
Ekapija d.o.o. was nominated by Food Bank as media house that, since its establishment, pays special attention to promotion of donating and the work for common well-being. Through the section “Philanthropists” this portal points out to all socially responsible companies and their philanthropy actions. Year-round this section was very active and news updated on daily bases. 
 
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Call for participation was opened on September 16th 2013 until November 1st 2013. This year we have received great number of applications, and we are specially pleased that many companies applied for the first time, so the jury had a demanding task. The jury was made of prominent individuals and experts from business, civil sector, media and marketing.
 
Seventh in a row call for VIRTUS Award was conducted by Trag Foundation with financial support from European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia (SIPRU). Call was open for all domestic and international companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium enterprises, media, as well as corporate funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities.
 
VIRTUS Award, established in 2007, is the first and the most significant award for corporate philanthropy in Serbia that promotes corporate social responsibility as integral part of sustainable development of the company. It is intended for big, but also small and medium enterprises and individuals that have most effectively contributed to general well-being by providing material or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organizations in 2012/13.




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.
 

VIRTUS Award for 2013 will be awarded in four main categories:
 
 
Besides these four, four special awards will also be granted:
 
 
Seventh annual VIRTUS Award was conducted by Trag Foundation with financial support from European Union, Balkan Trust for Democracy and Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia (SIPRU). Call was open for all domestic and international companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium enterprises, media, as well as corporate funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities.
 
VIRTUS Award, established in 2007, is the first and the most significant award for corporate philanthropy in Serbia that promotes corporate social responsibility as integral part of sustainable development of the company. It is intended for large-sized, but also small and medium enterprises and individuals that have most effectively contributed to general well-being by providing financial or other support to non-profit civil society actions or organizations in 2012/13.
 
 



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.


We invite companies to apply as much as possible, so we can show that contributing to common wellbeing is integral part of responsible business, that should not be neglected at times when we all have less than we need, since there are always those in great need for help. Companies and enterprises are welcomed to nominate their programs independently , but we instigate all interested citizens, individuals, non profit organizations, media, PR and marketing agencies to suggest their candidates for whom they believe are worthy of this traditional recognition.
 
Established in 2007, VIRTUS award is the first of its kind in Serbia.  It is intended for companies and enterprises that contributed to public good in the most efficient way by providing material or other types of support to non-profit actions and civil society organizations throughout 2012/13.


VIRTUS award in 2013 will be awarded in four main categories:

Besides these four, four special awards will also be granted:
Additional information, detailed competition conditions and application form are available on official website of the VIRTUS award  www.tragfondacija.org/virtus





SEVENTH VIRTUS COMPETITION LAUNCHED – AWARD FOR THE COMPANY THAT CARES

Trag foundation traditionally bestows VIRTUS corporative philanthropy excellence award to the most responsible companies in Serbia Belgrade, September 16thCompetition 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.
This competition is open for all domestic and foreign companies, corporations, public and state-owned companies, small and medium sized enterprises, media houses as well as corporative funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and administrative bodies. All interested citizens, individuals, non-profit organizations, media, PR and marketing agencies can nominate candidates for awards, and the companies and corporations themselves can submit their programs, also.

VIRTUS award for 2013 will be allocated in four main categories:
 
Apart from these awards, four special accolades will be awarded:
The award ceremony will be held in Belgrade, in the second half of January of 2014. The award winners will be decided by an independent jury of prominent individuals and experts from the fields of economy, civil sector, media and marketing.
Additional information, detailed conditions of the competition and application form are available at the VIRTUS award official site www.tragfondacija.org/virtus  
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Trag foundation (www.tragfondacija.org) is the largest national foundation which has for many years supported civil initiatives and local groups in their striving to actively contribute to improving life quality in their local communities. Trag has been present in Serbia since 1999, initially as a British charity organization, and since 2004 as a national fund. In order to support development of stable and sustainable local communities throughout Serbia, in the past several years Trag has supported up to 1000 successful projects with over 4 million Euros. Activities of Trag foundation are implemented through three distinct programs: Grant Program, Public Policies Program and Philanthropy Program.

Up until July 1st 2013, Trag foundation operated under the name Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF).
 
Contact:
Marija Mitrovic
Philanthropy Program Manager
marijam@tragfondacija.org
011/32 88 723
 

19.01.2013.

PRESS RELEASE

VIRTUS Corporate Philanthropy Awards Presented
 

Belgrade, January 19, 2013 – This year's winners of the 2012 VIRTUS Corporate Philanthropy Awards were announced today at a ceremony held at the premises of the Serbian National Assembly. The annual awards ceremony was presented for the sixth time, in eight different categories, to recognize companies and enterprises for their contributions to the public good through material or other type of support for non-profit campaigns and/or civil society organizations in 2012.
 
The VIRTUS competition is organized by the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF), with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia.
 
The 2012 VIRTUS Corporate Philanthropy Awards recipients are:
 
•        B92 Radio Broadcasting Company, top VIRTUS award for Contributions on the National Level 
•        LaFarge BFC Serbia, for Contribution to the Local Community
•        Božić i Sinovi, for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
•        Societe Generale Bank, for Long-Term Partnerships Between the Business and Civic Sector  
•        Banca Intesa, for the Most Innovative Project
•        Forma Ideale, for Contributions to Social Inclusion
•        Societe Generale Bank, for Volunteering  
•        E-Kapija, for Media Contributions
 
This year a new VIRTUS category was introduced for contributions to social inclusion. The winning company was nominated by the Commissioner for Refugees of the Republic of Serbia for its history of inclusive employment pratices and support to vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, members of the Roma population, refugees, and internally displaced persons.
 
“Since we began to organize the VIRTUS awards ceremony six years ago, we’ve witnessed how the concept of corporate philanthropy has been adopted by an ever greater number of companies in Serbia. This year, we received the highest number of nominations in the VIRTUS category for Long-term Partnerships between the Private and Civic Sector, which indicates that a growing number of companies have developed an awareness for the need to partner with civil society organizations in communities where they operate, and an understanding that important societal challenges can be solved through partnerships with the civic sector,”  stated Mia Vukojevic, BCIF Executive Director.  
 
The audience in attendance was addressed by: H.E. Michael D. Kirby, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia; H. E. Michael Davenport, British Ambassador to Serbia; Verica Kalanovic, Minister for Regional Development and Local Self-Government; and Žarko Šunderić, the Head of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia, among others.  

03.12.2012.

PRESS RELEASE

THE SIXTH COMPETITION FOR VIRTUS AWARD NOW OPEN
AWARD FOR THE COMPANY THAT CARES

Belgrade, October 3rd, 2012– Balkan Community Initiatives Fund with financial support of American Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of Republic of Serbia (SIPRU) opens the sixth call for VIRTUS Award for Corporate Philanthropy on October the 4th 2012. The Competition is open for all domestic and foreign companies, as well as corporative funds and foundations, excluding non-profit organizations, public institutions and authorities. Deadline for submissions is November the 2nd 2012.

Established in 2007, VIRTUS award is the first and the most significant award for corporate philanthropy in Serbia that promotes corporative social responsibility as an integral part of sustainable development of companies. It is intended for big companies, small and medium enterprizes and individuals who contributed to public interests in the most efficient way by providing material or other types of support to non-profit actions and civil society organizations throughout 2011/12. Award candidates could be nominated by all interested citizens, individuals, non-profit organizations, media, PR and marketing agencies, but also companies and enterprises could nominate their programs themselves.

„Despite the great social economic crisis that we face both as a country and as individuals, through daily activities that BCIF is involved in for years, we are witnessing that small steps and mutual philanthropic efforts could contribute to community welfare and bring positive change in a long run. That is why this year we are again inviting all those who are eligible to participate to apply for this competition, and to inspire others by personal example and show that the investment in the wellbeing of the community where they work and live is worthy“, Marija Mitrovic, philanthropy program manager in BCIF stated.

VIRTUS award in 2012 will be awarded in four main categories:

  • The Main Award for the contribution at the national level
  • The  Award for company’s contribution to the local community
  • The Award for small and medium-size enterprises
  • The long-term partnership Award between profit and non-profit making sector

Besides these, four special awards will also be granted:

  • The Award for contribution to the social inclusion – this award will be granted in partnership with the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia (SIPRU) for the first time this year
  • The Award for support for the most innovative project of the year
  • The Award for Volunteering
  • Special Award for media contribution

The VIRTUS Award Ceremony will take place in Belgrade, in the second half of January 2013. Award winners will be decided by an independent jury consisting of prominent individuals and experts from business, civil sector, media and marketing.

Contact person:

Jelena Vujović
Executive Group, Agency for strategic communications
tel: 011 328 44 88, mob: 060 70 71 036
e-mail: jelena_vujovic@eg.rs

Note to the editor: 
Balkan Community Initiative Fund (www.bcif.org) is the largest local foundation that has been supporting citizens actions and local groups in their efforts to improve the quality of their lives in their local communities for years. BCIF is present in Serbia since 1999, first as a British charity organization, and since 2004 as an indigenous foundation. In the past few years BCIF has supported more than 800 succesful projects throughout Serbia, with total amount of over 3.4 million euros, with the aim to help development of stable and sustainable local communities in Serbia. Activities of Balkan Community Initiative Fund are realized through three different programs: Grant program, Public Policy program and Philanthropy program.

 
 

04.12.2011.

2011 VIRTUS AWARDS PRESENTED

Belgrade, December 3rd, 2011– 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.

With the help of VIRTUS jury, Balkan Community Initiatives Fund has been awarding „the company that cares“ over the past five years. Apart from BCIF, the hosts at this year’s ceremony were Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mr. Rasim Ljajić, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Her Excellence Mary Warlick, British Ambassador His Excellence Michael Davenport and Ms. Ivana Ćirković, Director of the Government’s Office for Cooperation with the Civil Sector. This year’s winners are Erste bank a.d. Novi Sad for national contribution and volunteering, Holcim d.o.o. for the contribution to the local community, Telenor d.o.o. for long-term partnership with UNICEF, RDP B92 for the support to the most innovative project and Sunce Marinković company in the category of small and medium-scale enterprise.

 
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About the Balkan Community Initiatives Fund

Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) is a domestic fund that supports people to take active part in improving the life in their respective communities. BCIF is present in Serbia from 1999, first as a British charity organization and then from 2004 as a local fund. We believe that even small positive changes make a big difference. Therefore, by providing financial assistance and learning opportunities we are helping people who are trying to help themselves. As a matter of fact, we offer them an opportunity to access funds and gain knowledge that might alleviate the problem resolution in their communities. In the last couple of years, we supported more than 800 successful projects, in value more than 3,400,000 Euros, throughout Serbia and Montenegro. BCIF just launched a systematic campaign for the revitalization and promotion of philanthropic ideas and attitudes in the society. The campaign will include a series of activities aimed at revitalizing charitable actions and making them a part of everyday routine. For more information about the Fund and Award please visit an official web site: www.tragfondacija.org/virtus