SIGNs of CHANGE for philanthropy in the Western Balkans region

By Marija Mitrović, Philanthropy and Partnerships Director at the Trag Foundation   SouthEast European Indigenous Grantmakers Network (SIGN) is a regional network gathering the Trag Foundation (Serbia), MOZAIK Foundation (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Fund for Active Citizenship – fAKT (Montenegro), Forum for Civic Initiatives – FIQ (Kosovo), HORUS (North Macedonia) and Catalyst Balkans (Serbia). On October…

When research goes global: 4+1 tips for promoting global philanthropy and international giving through academic research

By Kinga Zsofia Horvath, visiting research associate at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University (USA) & visiting research associate at the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).   Philanthropy plays a vital role globally, addressing pressing social and economic challenges, providing resources for innovation, and building communities across diverse populations.…

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…

A New Private Social Investment Ecosystem

By Javier García Moritán, Grupo de Fundaciones y Empresas (GDFE) – Argentina   The WINGS meeting in Jamaica, Driving Philanthropy for the Future, will live on in our history as an event that inspired GDFE, along with other chambers and associations, to launch an ambitious initiative to move together “from competition to cooperation”. The creation of…

A Timely Call for a Trust-driven Approach to Philanthropy

by Rolf Alter and Timo Unger, Philanthropy.Insight   Concerns for “good” philanthropy are not really new, starting with Turgot’s famous 18th century call to destroy the foundations¹. By now, codes of conduct – all-present instruments of prescription of ethical behaviour – have been in existence for quite some time, and toolkits have been developed in…

Guiding Family Foundations for Effective Philanthropy

By Suzanty Sitorus, Indonesia Philanthropy Association   Along with their increasing wealth, many families who own business empires in Indonesia set up a foundation to carry out their philanthropic mission. In recent years, the second and third generations of some of the family foundations have begun to take the lead. They bring in new approaches…