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Launch of Program to Increase NPOs’ Contribution to Development of Belgorod Region

The program aimed at promoting the development of the non-profit sector and increasing the contribution of non-profit organizations to the social and cultural development of the Belgorod Region for 2019-2021 was developed and is implemented jointly by the Alisher Usmanov’s “Art, Science and Sport” Charity Foundation and the Social Information Agency (SIA) with the support of the Belgorod Region Government and for the purpose of promoting the development of the non-profit sector of the Belgorod Region.

As part of the program launch, two events were held:

  1. A presentation of a three-year program titled “Increasing the Contribution of Non-Profit Organizations to the Social and Cultural Development of the Belgorod Region”. A question-and-answer session held by representatives of the Social Information Agency, the “Art, Science and Sport” Foundation, and the Belgorod Region Government.
  2. A workshop titled “Diversity of Financing Sources as Driver of NPOs’ Financial Stability” held by Irina Menshenina, an expert in the field of fundraising recognized in the professional society.

The program was launched with the participation of Fatima Mukhomedzhan, Deputy Director of the “Art, Science and Sport” Foundation, Alexander Telnov, Head of the Department for Working with NPOs of the Belgorod Region, Yelena Topoleva-Soldunova, Director of ASI Autonomous Non-Profit Organization, Chairman of the Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support of Social-Oriented NPOs at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kurganskiy, Chairman of the Public Chamber of the Belgorod Region, Chancellor of the Belgorod State Institute of Arts and Culture, heads of NGOs and social entrepreneurs.

The NPO-SOKRAT program was developed with account of the results of a preliminary study. The study included several stages: a desk study, a number of face-to-face interviews with heads of non-profit organizations, a strategic session participated by 56 representatives of 43 organizations (representatives of NPOs, initiative groups, business, authorities).

Based on the results of all study stages, 4 modules were formed, which are currently included in the structure of the “NPO SOKRAT” program:

  1. Increasing the competence and building the capacity of NPOs;
  2. Development of the interaction between NPOs and external stakeholders;
  3. Development of intra-sectoral interaction of NPOs;
  4. Promotion of NPOs.

The program is to be implemented for three years. Every year, all 4 modules will be implemented.

The program also includes training events and an opportunity for NPO employees to win a grant in a travel grant competition and to participate in a specialized conference or to take a short internship on a new social technology that they were acknowledged with at the training events.

After studying the new technologies and in-person mastering of the selected social technology during the internship, NGO employees will have an opportunity to participate in a grant project competition, which is to be announced at the end of 2019. For this competition, projects can be submitted providing for an NPO to become the centre of a small “umbrella” network consisting of 3-5 partner NPOs and share its proven discipline-related or organizational successful experience with the partners, thereby developing the intra-sectoral collaboration and partnership.

The first event to open the work of the module dedicated to the development of NPO specialists’ competence was the workshop titled “Diversity of Financing Sources as Driver of NPOs’ Financial Stability”. The expert told the participants about both the basics of fundraising and new trends. For example, today NPOs do not try to reach as many sources of financing as possible but instead they focus on those that most closely match the specifics of their activities. After the in-person workshop or training, each competence development topic is followed by two webinars according to the interests of the participants to develop the topic. The workshop held on April 29 will also continue in May with the first webinar.