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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

Sustaining Civil Society: Lessons from Five Pooled Funds in Eastern Europe

October 21, 2019

After 1990, US and European foundations and government agencies invested in a series of Partnerships and Trusts to support civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and the Black Sea regions. Analyzing the long-term impact of these investments is crucial, especially as many politicians across these regions increase their anti-civil society rhetoric. Three long-time US foundation staff look back at the legacy and impact of this funding and derive a series of lessons for practitioners seeking to understand how best to sustain civil societies for the long term.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

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

Global Civic Activism in Flux

March 17, 2017

Civil society around the world is in flux. New forms of civic activism have taken shape, ranging from protest movements to community-level forums and online campaigns by individual activists.This analysis charts how civic activism is evolving across 8 countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine.These case studies reveal crosscutting themes relevant to the future of civil society support. While there is a global wave of new protests and innovative citizen movements, many civic struggles are increasingly rooted in specific national issues. New and older forms of civic activism coexist and intertwine in a variety of ways. Some new activism is highly political and confrontational; some is very practical and pragmatic about trying to circumvent the shortcomings of mainstream politics. New civic activism includes groups espousing an increasingly wide range of ideological positions. While the new activism has been effective on some specific issues, it is mostly struggling to hold at bay resurgent authoritarian and illiberal government responses.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

March 1, 2017

More than two decades have passed since nonprofit and third-sector researchers "discovered" Central and Eastern Europe as an area of scholarly interest. After the collapse of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the fall of the Iron Curtain, scholars noted the emergence of new civil society actors and were curious to understand the role these actors would play in their societies. Since that time, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has experienced intensive periods of transformation, conflict and renewal. This study is guided by the intention to develop a better understanding of the current state of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe, the diverse pathways of its development, and its possible future trajectories.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws: The Operating Environment for Foundations in Europe 2015

June 7, 2015

This publication aims to provide the reader with a comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments of foundations in 40 countries across wider Europe: the 28 EU Member States, plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. It includes charts, draw on the basis of the updated online EFC (European Foundation Centre) Legal and Fiscal Country Profiles, which are available to download at www.efc.be. The EFC online profiles include more detailed country information and further explanation of the information presented in those charts.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Legislation and Taxation

Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws: The Operating Environment for Foundations in Europe 2015 (Chinese Translation)

January 1, 2015

This publication aims to provide the reader with a comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments of foundations in 40 countries across wider Europe: the 28 EU Member States, plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. It includes charts, draw on the basis of the updated online EFC (European Foundation Centre) Legal and Fiscal Country Profiles, which are available to download at www.efc.be. The EFC online profiles include more detailed country information and further explanation of the information presented in those charts. (Edition translated from English to Chinese)

Legislation and Taxation

Language, Identity, Politics - the Myth of Two Ukraines

April 1, 2014

A study carried out on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung by the Warsaw-based Institute of Public Affairs dispels the myth of a country made up of opposing Ukrainian- and Russian-speaking regions.

International Affairs, Global Challenges

Promotion of the Fair and Open Election of 2004

January 1, 2005

This document reports projects undertaken by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in 2004 aimed at guaranteeing a fair and free presidential election process in Ukraine. For these purposes, IRF funded projects in areas such as: support of monitoring NGO coalitions, monitoring of the election campaigns coverage in mass media, exit poll empowerment, voter mobilisation, etc. Annexes that provide features of these projects, as well as related information and web resources are also available.

Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

NGO Sustainability in Central Europe: Helping Civil Society Survive

January 1, 2005

This anthology of studies includes chapters with information on NGOs resource centres in Romania, rural NGOs in Ukraine, and cultural associations in Estonia. It also provided examples of sustainability mechanisms, such as the one percent philanthropic tax system and endowments in Poland, and the one percent tax system in Hungary.

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Czech Donors Forum. Code of Ethics For Foundations

August 7, 2004

This code of ethics outlines the ethical principles and values recognised by the Czech Donors Forum and by the members of it (specifically foundations with endowment). The aim of this code is to improve the quality and culture of philanthropy and grantgiving in the Czech Republic, and to provide standards by which the operations and decision making processes of foundations can be judged.

Ethical issues and Good Practices

Czech Donors Forum. Code of Ethics For Foundations Without Endowment

August 7, 2004

This code of ethics outlines the ethical principles and values recognised by the Czech Donors Forum and by the members of it (specifically foundations without endowment). The aim of this code is to improve the quality and culture of philanthropy and grantgiving in the Czech Republic and to provide standards by which the operations and decision making processes of foundations can be judged.

Ethical issues and Good Practices

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