Our Projects

  • Education in the area of philanthropy and civil involvement is, in our opinion, crucial for our mission. Each year we organize a Discussion panel on philanthropy. By means of public discussions and round tables we open the topic of philanthropy and try to make professionals as well as ordinary people aware of it.
    We also try to attract young people. Since 2006 we award the Prize for the Best Diploma Paper or Yearly Paper on Philanthropy – by means of this prize we want to make also young people familiar with the term “philanthropy” and encourage them to think about giving and its contribution to the lives of individuals as well as to the society. The competition is aimed for university students who are interested in philanthropy and who decided to examine this value in more detail on either theoretical or practical level. Selection of papers from the first year of the competition was published in the Collection.
  • We also conduct our own research focusing on civil society and philanthropy. We believe it is important to continuously monitor situation in these areas and create space for more in-depth analysis of questions of philanthropy, civil society, non-profit organizations. In 2008 we finished our study My a oni alebo Spolu? We and They//Us and Them or Together? - the influence of non-governmental non-profit organizations on decision making processes in Slovakia after 1989. It is an analysis of the state of the society and non-governmental organizations mapping their development, roles or contribution. Based on interviews with representatives of non-governmental non-profit organizations and using a narrative form, the paper attempts to capture all significant moments and interesting motives and the state of our society 18 years after the Velvet Revolution. Thanks to the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation the same studies were conducted in Hungary, Poland and Bohemia.
    In 2008 we participated in the “Effective Private Giving” project the aim of which was to support the dialog between private donors and non-profit organizations thus contributing to better understanding of what is called effective giving. Final studies point out good practice and experience in this area and identify new approaches to mobilizing domestic private sources for civil societyin countries taking part in the project – Bohemia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. Within our research we try to fill in the mosaic of information on philanthropy and civil society that are still missing in Slovakia.
    We process selected materials and data on organized philanthropy in Slovakia. For example, since 2004 we prepare an overview of TOP 50 foundations in Slovakia in collaboration with the TREND weekly. Our website offers an Overview of corporate foundations which is an overview of all foundations founded by business entities.
  • Monitoring of legal and tax framework for civil society. We follow the development in legislation relating to civil associations as well as tax and overall background for civil society and we react to submitted proposals by participating in work groups, public activities (articles) or civil organizing.
    In 2004 we reacted to the needs and questions of non-governmental organizations and we asked Attorney office DEDÁK & Partner for elaboration of a legal analysis of the Income Tax Act No. 595/2003 Coll. which answers the questions regarding the use of a share from paid tax for specific purposes.
    In 2006 we prepared a project called “Mobilization of domestic sources for civil society” and we took part in the 2% from Tax Campaign – “People to People”. The aim of our involvement in the 2% campaign was to react to the draft act submitted in the National Council of the Slovak Republic which considerably limited the possibilities of legal and natural persons to give 2% from tax to charity. The aim of the campaign was to preserve the original mechanism and start a nationwide discussion on supporting charity work in Slovakia. Similarly, in 2007 and 2008 we participated in discussions regarding draft “spolkového act”.
  • Supporting the concept of community foundations – Since 1995 many of us have devoted their attention to development of community foundations. At present, community foundations are the fastest developing form of organized philanthropy on global scale. The basis here is the idea that one does not have to be millionaire or multimillionaire to become a donor, a philanthropist. People with modest resources can show initiative and help improve life of the community thus strengthening trust among people.
    In relation to community foundations the mission of the Centre for Philanthropy has changed after foundation of the Community Foundation Association which creates quality standards and mechanisms for compliance with these standards. CpF sees its role in further search for and mediation of financial resources for institutional development of community foundations. We also participate in the exchange of experience between Slovakia and other countries. In 2003 and 2004 we shared our experience with activists from Croatia.
    In 2006 we organized a study trip for people from Macedonia to Slovakia in cooperation with the World Learning organization from Skopje and Macedonia. The purpose of the trip was to share our experience with them.In 2007 we shared our experience with people from Romania and Macedonia. CpF is a member of the Community Philanthropy Initiative in Brussels which associates organizations supporting community foundations in Europe. CpF is a member of the global network WINGS-CF which associates organizations supporting community foundations all over the world. Boris Strečanský is a member of Advisory Council of WINGS-CF for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

Our Projects

People to PeoplePeople to People
Online giving portal focused on supporting and promoting philanthropy in the interest of the Internet community.
Coalition for Individual GivingCoalition for Individual Giving
Coalition of NGOs that have decided to work together to change the giving environment in Slovakia.
CpF AwardCpF Award
CpF Award of the Best Diploma Thesis concerning the issue of Philanthropy.
StartlabStartlab
Nonprofit crowdfunding platform