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Handbook : How to Use EU Law to Protect Civil Space

May 1, 2020

This handbook provides practical guidance for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate and litigate using EU law to protect their rights and civic space in the EU.It aims to be a user-friendly guide for CSOs who want to know::What EU law is and how it affects individuals and organisations;When and how CSOs can challenge national provisions or measures that impact their mission, activities and operations on the basis of EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR);Which legal avenues and resources are available for CSOs to defend their civic space within the EU law frameworkA list of resources as well as practical tools can be found in the last part the document.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society
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Why Shrinking Civil Society Space Matters in International Development and Humanitarian Action

November 1, 2017

Closing civil society space is a growing trend, impacting civic actors in countries throughout the world. This paper examines how the trend effects development funders and actors, and how they are responding. Questions explored include: what are funders doing to engage around re-opening space for civil society? How are they adapting? What are the impacts of the development community's approach to civil society as a whole? The European Foundation Centre and the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society have come together to develop better insight into these questions and to increase awareness of the threats to civil society.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Cultures of Giving Country Profile: India

January 12, 2022

This report has been prepared for the WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group by Dr Abhijit Prabhughate and Dr Madhulika Tyagi at the Ashoka University Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP). The WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group explores and shares the many different types and ways philanthropy exists in the WINGS network, as well as the diverse cultures of giving around the world.

Community Philanthropy; Corporate Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2022

December 14, 2021

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit in the digital age. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to big ideas that matter, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Science and Technology; Technology and Foundations

Charitable giving as viewed by Ukrainians in 2021

October 28, 2021

Charitable Giving as Viewed by Ukrainians in 2021 provides an analysis of the attitude of Ukrainians towards giving, an overview of key trends in the Ukrainian charity sector and identifies points of potential growth.Every three years the Zagoriy Foundation conducts a similar research. While the last study was published in 2019, the consequences of the pandemic rapidly changed the landscape of charity and thus prompted the foundation to conduct its new study on the state of charity in Ukraine in 2021. In this new report, the results of a survey conducted in mid-2021 (by the Ukrainian Center for Public Opinion Research Sotsioinform commissioned by the Zagoriy Foundation) are compared to the 2019 respective data sets. The authors provide an in-depth analysis of how and why people engage (or don't engage) in charitable giving, with a particular focus on the attitude and trust towards charitable foundations.

Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Cultures of Giving Country Profile: Saudi Arabia

October 20, 2021

This report has been prepared for the WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group by Natasha Matic from the King Khalid Foundation and Atallah Kuttab from SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory. The WINGS Cultures of Giving Working Group explores and shares the many different types and ways philanthropy exists in the WINGS network, as well as the diverse cultures of giving around the world.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Rethinking Civic Space In An Age of Intersectional Crises: A Briefing For Funders

May 1, 2020

Authors Ben Hayes and Poonam Joshi summarise the key findings of the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) 2019 strategic review, which sought to elaborate a strategic framework through which independent funders could respond more effectively to the phenomenon of closing civic space through collaborative and targeted interventions.This paper incorporates preliminary thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis alongside more developed 'futures thinking' about climate and technological change. It makes the case that – as funders who invest in progressive causes and movements – we must find new ways to expand the space for civic participation.This is the first of a series of recommendations FICS will publish for funders on how to disrupt and reform the drivers of closing civic space.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Legislation and Taxation; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Against The Wave : civil society responses to anti-rights groups

November 1, 2019

This report is from and for civil society, based on the voices and views of many CIVICUS members, civil society activists, leaders, experts and other stakeholders, as well as collaborative research and media coverage of anti-rights. All conclusions and recommendations drawn are however the views of the CIVICUS secretariat only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the individual contributors.The report mainly focus on what are the anti-rights groups and what do they do (why do they matter and why are they rising more and more, how are they distinct from Civil Society, what are the key tactics and strategies of these anti-rights groups), and how the Civil society can fight back, with key tactics and strategies of their own, to defend universal human right, excluded groups - such as women, LGBTQI people, migrants, refugees and minorities - and social justice.This report also exists in French (https://www.civicus.org/index.php/fr/action-contre-la-vague-anti-droits) and in Spanish (https://www.civicus.org/index.php/es/accion-contra-la-ola-antiderechos)

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy

September 13, 2019

Multiple surveys over the past decade have revealed a trend of declining confidence in democracy among Americans. While many factors contribute to this growing sense that democracy is weakening, there are practical and thoughtful efforts underway to reverse these sentiments. The Center for High Impact Philanthropy's "We the People: A Philanthropic Guide to Strengthening Democracy" creates a framework for anyone looking to strengthen the democratic system.To assist donors who are ready to act immediately, CHIP has published a supplement, "We the People: Nonprofits Making an Impact to Strengthen Democracy," highlighting initiatives and organizations that are strengthening democracy through civic engagement and local media. (https://www.impact.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/We-the-People-Nonprofits.pdf)

Grantmaking and Programme Management; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Journalism and Media; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Monitoring 2019

August 1, 2019

Presently, the culture of open discussion seems to be threatened in an increasing number of countries. In Central and Eastern Europe's (CEE's) democracies, recent political developments appear to jeopardize progresses made in the past. Against this background, this study aims at shedding light on the dynamics of CEE'scivil society and gives a brief overview of the status quo and recent developments that directly affect civil society. The study was conducted by the Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), commissioned by and in collaboration with ERSTE foundation as well as with a group of country experts. The inclusion of expert assessments on civil society aims at giving a voice primarily to practitioners. Therefore, the study included an online survey in each participating country, addressing CSO representatives operating in various fields of activity.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

UK Giving 2019: An Overview of Charitable Giving in the UK

May 1, 2019

This UK Giving 2019 report is one of an international series, produced across the CAF GlobalAlliance, a world-leading network of organisations working at the forefront of philanthropy and civil society.The series also includes reports covering Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, India, South Africa, and the United States.This is the second edition of this unique collection of country reports.

Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Bulgaria Giving 2019 : An Overview of Charitable Giving in Bulgaria

April 1, 2019

This Bulgaria Giving 2019 report is one of an international series, produced across the CAF GlobalAlliance, a world-leading network of organisations working at the forefront of philanthropy and civil society.The series also includes reports covering Australia, Brazil, Russia, Canada, India, South Africa, the United States,and the UK.This is the second edition of this unique collection of country reports.

Giving and Volunteering; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

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