Change in action


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Beneficiary: Association “Future for Children with Disabilities”

Thematic priority: “Increase the capability of NGOs and the development of a favorable environment for the non – governmental sector”,

Duration of the Change in Action project – 12 months

 

 Brief description of the project

The Future for Children with Disabilities Association is in transition period, expanding its target group, changing its goals and name. It is necessary to plan its activities in the future in line with the changes and the local community and for institutions to recognize it, regardless of the changes. A strategic plan of the organization will be developed within the project with a new mission and vision, short-term and long-term goals, a communication and financial strategy, a monitoring and evaluation plan. The capacity of the organization will be increased through a series of management training for the organization’s team. The project is aimed at developing the organization’s team, including donors, volunteers, the media and the local community.

Changes that occur in the organization radically change its functioning. This project is being developed because there are no other funding programs directly aimed at building the capability of NGOs.

This thematic area is a key priority of the Program and it comes at a time when the organization has expanded its activities and the management team appreciates the need to structure the organization’s activities, pooling and motivating the team.

We expect the organization to become established in the community as a structure that helps each child and family at risk.

Project goals

  • Improve the financial and organizational sustainability of the association.
    A strategic plan of the organization will be developed within the project with a new mission and vision, short-term and long-term goals, a communication and financial strategy, a monitoring and evaluation plan.
  • Boost the organization’s capability.
  • The Association should be strengthened by the approval of the community.

Project target groups

  • NGOs
  • Donors
  • Volunteers
  • Media
  • Local communities
  • Other organizations

 

 Activities

  • Strategic planning
  • Increasing the capability of the management team of the organization
  • Team building
  • Working with the media
  • Promoting the organization among the local community
  • The Future for Children Award

Results

We can judge whether the project has met its objectives by several indicators – if we have strategic documents at the end of the project and the team of the organization is guided by their activities. The management team applies the lessons learned during training:

  • fundraising campaigns are initiated
  • there are constructive changes in the organization of work
  • the style of governance is changed
  • improving teamwork
  • donation is popularized, and more companies and organizations are willing to donate to support children
  • the media are not only a corrective in the work of the organization but also to be involved as active participants
  • more and more people from the local community are looking for support for their children from the organization

Sustainable development of the organization

The project contributes to sustainable development because it is based on a created structure, seeking to optimize the use of available resources to reduce social inequality. The optimization is in the following directions:

  • strategic planning – activities are undertaken to help adapt the organization to a changing environment
  • increase management capability to use new approaches and methods
  • improving processes in the organization
  • overcoming fragmentation.

The human factor is leading the way for sustainability. The viewpoint of the employees needs to change so they see themselves as individuals who are looking for opportunities for expression, for development and for improvement.

With regard to the environment – effective use of different types of stationery. We will encourage separate collection of waste from the activity.

Funding the project

Program for Support of Non-Governmental Organizations in Bulgaria by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Space 2009-2014;

Program Information

The Nonprofit Support Program (NGO) in Bulgaria is part of the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism. It has a total value of nearly € 11.8 million, provided by the donor countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The program provides funding for eligible non-governmental organizations registered in Bulgaria and aims to support the development of the civil sector and its contribution to the country’s social justice, democracy and sustainable development.

Specific objectives:

  • Improvement of the regulatory and financial framework for the non-governmental sector, including the promotion of cooperation between the state and civil society, as well as the establishment of state-funded NGO mechanisms based on a competitive principle
  • Improving the financial and organizational sustainability of non-governmental organizations
  • Encourage self-regulation of non-governmental organizations
  • Other

Information on the Program Donor

The European Economic Area (EEA) is a Partnership Agreement between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They are partners within the internal market with the 28 EU Member States. Sharing common values ​​and responsibilities with other European countries to promote equal opportunities, tolerance, security, environmental sustainability and a better standard of living for all.

Ever since the creation of the EEA Agreement in 1994, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have provided funding to reduce the social and economic disparities in the EEA. Despite significant progress in this direction, significant gaps in economic development and living standards are reported in Europe. The enlargement of the EU in 2004 and 2007 led to an increase of 20% in the EU population, with an increase in GDP of only 5%. Through the EEA and the Norwegian Cooperation Program, it helps to reduce disparities. Funding targets areas where there are clear needs in beneficiary countries. They must have proven to be in line with national priorities and have broader European goals. EEA grants are jointly funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The three countries contribute to the grant scheme according to size and economic well-being.

Program Operator

Operator of the Program is the Open Society Institute – Sofia in partnership with the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation.

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This document was created with the financial support of the Program for Support of Non-Governmental Organizations in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The entire responsibility for the content of the document lies with the Future for Children with Disabilities Association and under no circumstances can it be assumed that this document reflects the official opinion of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Operator of the Program for Supporting Organizations Bulgaria.

The Change in Action project is funded under the NGO Support Program in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014″ www.ngogrants.bg.