Corporate Philanthropy in The Balkans Tops 500,000 EUR in June!

After a summertime gap in July, Philanthropy Posts is back at work analyzing the public records of giving throughout the Western Balkans.
We turn our focus this week (and over the next couple of weeks) on corporate giving during the month of June 2013. Corporate philanthropy took a variety of forms during June, including direct cash donations, provision of in-kind good or services, working together with their employees to achieve a common goal, and providing a platform for clients or customers to also participate in giving…

August 14, 2013

Popular Philanthropy: What Were the Most Reported on Philanthropic Actions in YOUR Country in the Past Two Months?

As we wrote before, Philanthropy Posts’ new effort, the Catalyst initiative is following media in 7 countries in the region trying to work out ways to measure philanthropy. As we were looking into the data, we were interested to see what actions got the most media attention in each of the countries. This is an opportunity for you to see how media in your country view what is interesting for their audience:

July 12, 2013

National Giving Day: Would You Like to Try It?

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Serbian Philanthropy Forum (SPF) officially launched the National Giving Day, an initiative done for the first time in Serbia. While the name (national day) suggests that it is just one day when giving is encouraged, SPF decided to take things a little bit differently.

This post will tell you more about how they came up with the whole idea and how it is going to be implemented, but will also look at some examples of the same or similar ideas from other countries and continents that you may find inspiring! Who knows, maybe one day we’ll write about the Balkans Giving Day?

July 4, 2013

Učenje filantropije: Prilike za podršku i umrežavanje u Regionu

Iako ulazimo u letnje mesece, izgleda da nema usporavanja u radu mnogih fondacija i organizacija u Regionu koje su fokusirane na unapređenje filantropije iz lokalnih izvora i prikupljanja sredstava.
Sve ovo izgleda kao dobra prilika da damo jedan skraćeni prikaz aktivnosti koje će se odvijati tokom leta a i u jesen, kako bismo bili sigurni da ćete ove događaje staviti na vaše kalendare.

June 28, 2013

Learning Philanthropy: Opportunities for Support and Networking in the Region

As we come into the summer months, it appears that there is no slowing down yet in the engine rooms of many foundations and organizations in the region who are focused on fostering local-sourced philanthropy and fundraising.
So this seems like a good opportunity to give a brief round-up of some of the activities taking place over the summer and into the fall, so that you can be sure to get these events on your calendar…

June 24, 2013

Portrait of a Donor: Nikola Koprivica or The one who gives should be thankful!

Last year, PP brought you portraits of two major individual donors, both from out of our region. We thought it might be time to show that there are such donors in Western Balkans too! This post is about Nikola Koprivica, businessman and philanthropist from Montenegro, who, in memory of his father, established Foundation “Ćano Koprivica” in Niksic in Montenegro.

His father, Stanislav-Ćano Koprivica was widely known in Montenegro for his philanthropic giving and is considered as one of the greatest Montenegrin philanthropists. The first Montenegrin Iskra Award for Individual Philanthropy was given to him, posthumously, for outstanding life contribution. Often are quoted his words: “it is not important how much money you have, what is important is to know what to do with it.”

This is Nikola’s (Stanislav’s son) story:

June 20, 2013

Portret donatora: Nikola Koprivica ili Onaj koji daje treba da bude zahvalan!

Prošle godine, PP vam je prikazao dva značajna individualna donatora, oba van našeg regiona. Mislili smo da je sada pravo vreme da vam pokažemo da takvih donatora ima i na Zapadnom Balkanu! Ovaj post govori o  Nikoli Koprivici, biznismenu i filantropu iz Crne Gore, koji je, u znak sećanja na svoga oca, uspostavio Fondaciju “Ćano Koprivica” u Nikšiću u Crnoj Gori.

Njegov otac, Stanislav-Ćano Koprivica bio je poznat po svojim filantropskim donacijama I smatra se za jednog od najvećih filantropa Crne Gore. Prva nagrada “Iskra” za izuzetan doprinos individualnoj filantropiji u Crnoj Gori mu je dodeljena posthumno. Često se citira njegova izreka: “Nije bitno koliko novca imaš,već da  znaš šta sa tim novcem da uradiš.”

Ovo je priča Stanislavovog sina, Nikole:

June 20, 2013

Measuring Philanthropy – First Results Are In!

Philanthropy Posts has launched a new effort, the Catalyst initiative, that is aimed at better understanding the real level of philanthropy and culture of giving in the region. We believe that instances of philanthropy are underreported and that the culture of giving has begun to awaken once again throughout the Balkans.
Since 1 May, we have been collecting press clippings from 7 countries in the region, to use as one of the inputs into a database on giving that we will be creating over the next 6 months. While we are still working out the kinks in coding the data we have gained from the press clippings, and trying to sort out how to best analyze the vast quantity of information we have already gathered (more than 1,000 press clippings in 45 days), we decided to give you a snapshot of what we have gathered so far.

June 13, 2013

Bulgarian Donor’s Forum: can the rest of us do it as well?

While, over the years, there were lot of attempts to create functioning donors’ forums in Western Balkans countries, I don’t know of any example (if you do, please share) that it really worked both in terms of time as well as achieving their purpose. Now, when so many of the foreign donors left (or are in the process of leaving), it seems that – in most of the countries – we even stop attempting to create such forums.

And that’s pity, because functioning donors forum can have even more important role now, when we have local philanthropic organizations and entities, and why not, individual philanthropists. Promoting and advocating for philanthropy would be much more successful with combination of local players – such as foundations and corporations; not to say anything about supporting local donors to give more effectively. And, Bulgarian Donors Forum proves this!

 

June 6, 2013

Big Data, Little Data

“Nonprofits in the future will be defined by how they use their data for public good while protecting the personal privacy rights of all who contribute that data.” – Lucy Bernholz, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013
In last week’s post, I began to make the case for why pursuing a strategy of compiling and gathering all available public data on philanthropic activities is an important element of expanding the practice and culture of giving in the Balkans.

May 30, 2013