After the eleven non-profit organizations selected to participate in the “Leave a Good Mark” program went through an educational program and presented their fundraising campaigns in front of an expert jury, those with the best ideas were declared. The Association for Homeless and Socially Vulnerable Persons Oaza from Rijeka won with the proposal to provide free telephone professional psychological support for people in crises and won additional individual mentoring and organizational support from our partners Panda Communications and Social Prudence Consulting worth 10 thousand euros for implementation fundraising campaigns. Valuable awards were also won by the Maštara Association from Zagreb and the Kas Association from Sisak, while the audience award for the best presentation of their idea went to the “Uz tebe sam” counseling association from Varaždin.
“Being the winner of the main prize is a great feeling, really beyond all expectations. We plan to make the most of the award, after a joint celebration with our colleagues and users in Rijeka. Thank you to the audience and thank you to the jury for recognizing our purpose and the benefit of our idea for the wider social community. Of course, thanks to Erste Bank and its partners for enabling us to present our association and our work in this way,” said Tea Čorak from the Oaza Association after presenting the award.
The program provides educational and mentoring support to non-profit organizations and helps them achieve financial resilience and raise funds for their programs. During several months of training, the participants learned how to create or improve a social business model, how to create a fundraising strategy, tell their story, and how to improve their presentation on digital channels.
“We are extremely proud of all the associations that participated in this year’s program for strengthening non-profit organizations that continuously provide support to the most vulnerable groups in Croatia. We believe that together we can do even more, and the bank will continue to be a reliable partner in the future to all those who leave a good mark in the lives of individuals and society as a whole. After the program was tested and successfully implemented last year, this year we tried to improve it, and we are glad that we succeeded. In addition, the program spawned some very good fundraising campaigns, which I believe will fulfill their stated goal – by empowering non-profits, we certainly fulfilled ours. Congratulations to all the winners!”, said Tina Sirotić, head of Erste Bank’s Socially Responsible Banking Service, on this occasion.
This is the second year of the “Leave a good mark” program, which has already spawned successful fundraising campaigns. We remind you that last year’s grant winners, the Feniks Mental Health Promotion Association, created and implemented the campaign ‘Little things mean dignity’, with which they collected 20,000 euros for the purchase of support packages for people undergoing psychiatric treatment at KBC Split. In addition to them, the BIOM Association, which also participated in the program, carried out a successful campaign.
The “Leave a good mark” program was launched by Erste Bank with partners Erste Zaklad, Solidarna Foundation, Panda Communications and Social Prudence Consulting.