Framework for Giving Project

Framework for Giving Project
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USAID/Serbia

BACKGROUND

The Framework for Giving Activity broadens and strengthens philanthropy and charitable giving in Serbia.  The activity focuses on deepening cross-sector partnerships, improves the legal and policy framework to make giving easier and more transparent, and increases public awareness of philanthropy efforts in Serbia.

ACTIVITIES

  • Supports research and data collection related to philanthropic giving, private sector and diaspora engagement, and cost-benefit analysis of different policy solutions and best practices
  • Improves the legal and policy framework which incentivizes the development of efficient and transparent giving
  • Expands a transparent culture of giving, volunteering and engagement among citizens, companies, and non-profits
  • Removes obstacles to philanthropic giving, such as, unclear tax regulations, lack of official data on giving and reporting standards, limited payment mechanisms
  • Tests and pilots innovative mechanisms for resource mobilization which includes the development of local endowments, a venture philanthropy fund, community cards, and advancement of online crowdfunding

RESULTS

  • Instituted an annual National Day of Giving in Serbia which highlights the importance and impact of philanthropy
  • Supported the formation of a Council for Philanthropy within the Prime Minister’s cabinet
  • Conducted and presented research on public opinion on philanthropy in Serbia and diaspora
  • Created cost-benefit analysis for increasing non-taxable amounts for scholarships, and the VAT exemption for in-kind donations by legal entities
  • Launched the “Really Important” community card, an innovative fundraising tool and customer loyalty card that connects citizens, civil society, and local
  • Supported Council for Philanthropy, working groups that develop legal framework for food surplus donations, corporate giving, individual giving, and criteria for VAT relief for individual donations
  • Promoted individual and corporate philanthropy through annual VIRTUS awards for philanthropy
  • Promoted the crowdfunding platform donacije.rs through organizing the National Day of Giving and Race of Goodness campaigns in partnership with Belgrade Marathon

Project funded by:

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/Serbia)

Project implemented by:

Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation in collaboration with: Trag Foundation, Catalyst Foundation, Smart Kolektiv, Serbian Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Serbian Philanthropy Forum (SPF), Responsible Business Forum (RBF)

Key counterparts:

Government of Serbia, private sector, civil society sector, media

Where we work:

Nationwide

Total amount:

 $I,998,646

Project duration:

April 2018 until January 2022

Contact:

Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation

Ilije Garašanina 53a/7

11120 Beograd

Telefoni: +381 11 3341755

Email: hod@divac.com

Last updated: September 30, 2019

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