„Fundraising For Development And Relief: A quest for private sources in CEE region“ was the title of the international conference that took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 23-24 May 2012.
More than 90 participants and speakers shared their knowledge, experience, and motivation to involve individuals and companies and let them participate on fulfilling the missions of their organisations. It was about fundraising but also about friendraising: NGDOs need broader constituencies willing to support them by money, time, and influence in the society.
Many Central European nongovernmental development organisations (NGDOs) implement projects with the support of government or EU funds. There are several examples of successful NGDOs in the region that are able to fundraise from private sources regularly. But equally, many Central European NGDOs have not yet set up fundraising mechanisms from independent sources, nor have the knowledge and experience to do so.
The conference aimed to assist in filling this gap.
The conference was organised by PDCS and its partners (The Resource Alliance, People in Need, DemNet, Partners Poland Foundation) within the framework of the Strengthening Fundraising Capacities of NGDOs in Central Europe project under the auspices of the Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia and in partnership with TRIALOG, V4 National NGDO Platforms, and V4 National Fundraising Associations. It was supported by European Union and SlovakAid.
Presentations from the conference are available at http://www.ngdofundraising.net/conference-proceedings.
All participants of the conference received a brand new book of inspirational case studies Ján Mihálik (ed.), Hearts And Money Beyond Borders: Fundraising from individuals for development and relief, PDCS 2012.
The book is available also for free download at http://www.ngdofundraising.net/book in pdf and as an e-book. In July 2012 there will be available also translations into Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak languages.
Information provided by Ján Mihálik, PDCS