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Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundations

Kossuth Lajos 20, Jud. HR
Odorheiu Secuiesc, Harghita 535600
Romania

Mission

To encourage philanthropic behavior and local initiatives which increase the quality of life in Odorhei Region

Most Meaningful Change

In 2009 we started an initiative called Community Card. By this model we fund-raise and build a community fund which is used to support local NGOs. The Community Card holders decide among the NGOs’ applications through a voting process. In 2009 we had almost 1,000 CC holders and raised 100 to 200 euro each month. Today we have more than 13,000 CC holders and raise more than 2,000 euro/month. Each family in our town has one or two cardholders. People are using the card more conscientiously because they know they are contributing to positive local change. The CC model is building three more communities from Romania. The Run for IT! fund-raising sport event started in 2012 is growing fast involving more and more NGOs, volunteers and donors from local, national and international level too. In this year run more than 120 people for 12 NGOs and we raised more than 13,500 USD. By our Urban Kalaka program we revitalized the tradition of community volunteer work. Yearly hundreds of volunteers work together to build a better and nicer place where they live.

2007 Year Founded
$30,000 Endowment Value
$64,700 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Population Area Served

120,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationOdorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundations
Address 1Kossuth Lajos 20, Jud. HR
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownOdorheiu Secuiesc
State / RegionHarghita
ZIP / Postal Code535600
CountryRomania
ContinentEurope
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone40741655773
Emailrozi@szka.org
Websitewww.szka.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Rozalia Csaki, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameRozalia Csaki
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2007
Mission StatementTo encourage philanthropic behavior and local initiatives which increase the quality of life in Odorhei Region
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionWe are activating in a rural area.
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced120,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)4
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)8
Total Board Members7
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$179,200
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$176,800
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$64,700
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$30,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyFair amount of time
InternationallyVery little time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationNot important
Board reflective of community diversitySlightly important
Building an endowmentSlightly important
Serving donor needsSlightly important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureNot at all
EducationLittle
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentNot at all
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyFair amount
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesRarely
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentRarely
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentNo change
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting much better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsNeither helpful or unhelpful
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherProfessional assistance on business plan of our Community Foundation to build sustainability.
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsIn 2009 we started an initiative called Community Card. By this model we fund-raise and build a community fund which is used to support local NGOs. The Community Card holders decide among the NGOs’ applications through a voting process. In 2009 we had almost 1,000 CC holders and raised 100 to 200 euro each month. Today we have more than 13,000 CC holders and raise more than 2,000 euro/month. Each family in our town has one or two cardholders. People are using the card more conscientiously because they know they are contributing to positive local change. The CC model is building three more communities from Romania. The Run for IT! fund-raising sport event started in 2012 is growing fast involving more and more NGOs, volunteers and donors from local, national and international level too. In this year run more than 120 people for 12 NGOs and we raised more than 13,500 USD. By our Urban Kalaka program we revitalized the tradition of community volunteer work. Yearly hundreds of volunteers work together to build a better and nicer place where they live.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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