Beth Breeze worked as a fundraiser and charity manager for a decade before founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent in 2008 where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising, including an innovative MA Philanthropic Studies taught by distance learning. Her next book, ‘In Defence of Philanthropy’ is published in September 2021.
Vojkan Trifunović and Bojana Minović come from the Alternative cultural centre “Hero Maričić” from Kraljevo, from, as they say, “a little freedom oasis in a street named after national hero from nearby Žiča, Živan Maričić.” This space hosts gigs and social gatherings, as well as workshops, exchanges, benefit events, support to marginalized communities.
In 2020, among the activities supported through our Special Focus program was also a research by a non-formal collective called Collectivism and Equality, with a goal for a deeper understanding of the local far-right actors. On 9th of May, Victory Day, we are happy to share an interview with the collective, as well as the results of their research, the publication called “Far-right in Serbia 2000-2020: Politics, activities, groups (available in Serbian only).
Rada Gujaničić is the president of the Managing board and an activist of Women’s Centre Užice, and our dear individual donor. She highlights that her activism is focused on opposing injustices such as unequal distribution of resources, as well as on a comprehensive, conscious and active struggle against the deterioration of women’s rights.
Sara Nikolić i Ema Stepanović are activists in the independent collective Solidary Kitchen that provides food and other forms of support to those in need. Grounded in the principles of solidarity and direct democracy, they conceive the struggle against hunger as part of the struggle for a more just society.
Bojana Radovanović is a research associate at the Institute for philosophy and social theory in Belgrade. She is a coordinator of SoliCare laboratory for Philantropy, Solidarity and Care Studies. Her research focuses on philanthropy studies.
We are sending you our most sincere wishes for 2021 in coffee cups, hoping that the new year will bring us more opportunities for care-free coffee sessions and all that comes with it – bonding, joy, energy, powerful and empowering feminist political ideas that sometimes emerge in simple moments of togetherness.
In 2016, members of the Prospera International Network came together to create “Women’s Funds Europe” (WFE), a loosely- structured coalition of 12 women’s funds from 10 countries. Collectively, it launched “Knocking on EU’s Door,” an initiative centred on building capacity to engage with and influence European grantmakers.
Reconstruction Women’s Fund fully supports the initiative by RERI and Yucom relating to support to the initiative “United Against COVID-19” and the right of health workers to freely express their opinions.