Category Archives: CFs in Slovakia

Contents related to the practice of CFs in Slovakia based on the CF Study Trip 2014 to Slovakia but not only.

Have you ever heard of Vinnytsia?

Beata Hirt, Executive Director, Healthy City Community Foundation, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

„No, never“,  I would have answered three months ago.

Everything has started with a phone call from Boris Strečanský[1].  He asked if we would consider being a partner with the Ukrainian Podilska Hromada Community Foundation in the CF2CF Exchange program supported by the European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI). We agreed, but to tell the truth, we were not that excited.  And this would soon change!

Meeting in the office of the Podilska Hromada Community Foundation

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Some answers and more questions

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 Since the last study trip and then reading a provocative but truthful reflection paper from Jiri Barta I have in my mind two disturbing questions – is more philanthropy our best (and only) way to sustainability of our communities and second – do we have a courage to do it ?

Let me now walk you through some examples of our attempts to raise money from local sources and what we have learnt in our foundation.

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More philanthropy

In my reflection paper related to a wonderful visit to Slovakia I wrote about hope and about more philanthropy.  See the quote:

“The hope for sustainability, the hope for larger impact and the hope for a better future is called: more philanthropy.

I can hear some critics saying – not enough of it is happening and it is not happening fast enough. To those reasonable voices I would respond – let’s begin exploring what we need to do to change our own behavior, approach and practice so that we build and nurture more philanthropy in our community.”

I wonder, is there more hope and more philanthropy in the CEE region now? If yes, what has changed since summer 2014? If not, how can we change what we do so that we contribute to more philanthropy?

Any ideas? I am really curious.

Jiri Barta

 

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20 Years of CFs in the CEE: Short Movie

Can 20 years of experience with nurturing civic engagement through the vehicles of community foundation be condensed into four minutes?

First of the movies made during the recent CF Study Trip to Slovakia attempts to do that, thanks to the C.S. Mott Foundation and Mihai Leaha / Tribafilm.

http://youtu.be/_fJ7NsN3FBU

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