Invitation to the 1st Week of Philanthropy in Croatia: from September 24 to October 1, 2016

The Foundation Zajednički put, as a member of the Forum ZaDobroBIT, is participating in the celebration of the first Croatian Week of Philanthropy. We are inviting you to visit Park Zrinjevac this Saturday and join us in many events which will take place in seven Croatian cities from September 24 to October 1, 2016.

The National Foundation for the Development of Civil Society is inviting you to the Week of Philanthropy, which will for the first time take place in Croatia from September 24 to October 1, 2016, in the following seven Croatian cities: Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Pula, Karlovac and Gospić.

The opening ceremony of the first Week of Philanthropy in Croatia will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Park Zrinjevac, where all visitors will, during their morning walk through the Park, have an opportunity to learn more about the work of the foundations included in the Croatian Forum of the Foundations ZaDobroBIT!. Also, they can learn about the notion of philanthropy through music, interactive games, surveys, fun gifts, conversations and in other interesting ways, as well as question their own inclination towards philanthropy. The exhibition “Philanthropy in Croatia” will be open all day (0-24 hrs) in Park Zrinjevac.

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that on the same day (Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), a round table under the title of “Organized philanthropy in Europe and Croatia” will take place in the Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb (Gajeva 1, Centrum Hall). At this roundtable, cross-border donations, networking of foundations in Europe and the research “Giving in Europe” will be presented. Foreign and local experts as well as heads of large donating institutions will talk about key issues of philanthropy today.

Many public events will take place all over Croatia on the remaining six days: philanthropic walks, fairs, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, meetings outdoors, opening of the first Centre for Philanthropy in Rijeka, as well as many other interesting events.

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the final day of the Week of Philanthropy, and also the European Day of Foundations and Donors, Pula will welcome a conference on philanthropy, where the participants will try to answer many interesting questions: about the reasons and motives for philanthropic actions – where does self-promotion begin, and philanthropy end; about the role of women in philanthropy then and now; about innovative forms of philanthropy, and about the future of foundations.

In the words of the manager of the National Foundation, Ms. Cvjetana Plavša-Matić, the goal of the first Week of Philanthropy in Croatia is to bring closer to the general public the culture of giving and helping, while at the same time using both serious and fun events to discuss the key issues about the role and purpose of philanthropy today. Is philanthropy showing its brightest side through humanitarian actions, or is it the most purposeful in the programs of support? Is the main goal of philanthropic action the change of paradigms of the modern world? Does philanthropy have its dark side? Can an individual affect the true change of social systems, or is this role desirable for public and corporate philanthropy? And last but not least, possibly the most important question – how to help spread, even in the smallest of steps, the capabilities of empathy, altruism and giving in the sea of messages and interests, because, as history has already shown, great changes start with small steps made by small groups of truly interested individuals.

The organizers of the Week of Philanthropy are the National Foundation for the Development of Civil Society and the European Foundation for Philanthropy and Society Development, while the co-organizers are:  the Regional Foundation for Local Development Zamah from Zagreb, Community Foundation Slagalica, Kajo Dadić Foundation from Split, and the Foundation for Encouraging Partnership and Civil Society Development from Pula.

You can find the program of the 1st Week of Philanthropy in Croatia here.


Friday, September 16, 2016.