Nurturing community philanthropy in Romania

By George Gurescu, Communication Specialist – ARC Romania   Since our very beginning in 2002, we believed that the well being of a country depends on the prosperity of local communities. For communities to thrive, philanthropy plays a crucial role. Not only does it unite locals people together and strengthen the sense of belonging, but…

Trends and challenges in the Russian philanthropy infrastructure

Interview with Oksana Oracheva, General Director for the Vladimir Potanin Foundation in Russia.   The role of philanthropy infrastructure is gaining more and more weight on the global philanthropy agenda. How do you see its current state globally? How do you think these global trends resonate in the Russian context?   The role of philanthropy infrastructure has…

Building capacity for systemic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

By Alina Porumb, President of the Association for the Practice of Transformation (APT)   The Association for the Practice of Transformation (APT) was established in May 2018 with the mission to support intentional, future orientated and systemic transformations of individuals, organizations, communities and societies by stimulating collaboration, research, learning, social innovation and strategic thinking.  In a…

Fostering strategic philanthropy and intelligent resources in Central and Eastern Europe

By Alina Porumb, President of the Association for the Practice of Transformation (APT)   INSPIRE is a community of philanthropy practitioners, leaders and thinkers from Central and Eastern Europe who contribute their experience, knowledge and connections to enable social change. In a context of increasing complexity, uncertainty and threats to democracy, INSPIRE has supported the…

The hope for Democratic Politics in Central Europe

By Boris Strečanský, Senior Expert, Member of the Board – Center for Philanthropy, Bratislava   August 30, 2019  In 1999, ten years after the implosion of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, Slovakia changed its constitution and held its first direct presidential elections by a popular vote. Slovak voters elected Rudolf Schuster, a candidate of…