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« Spilnikosht» on Big Idea platform is the first and biggest online crowdfunding mechanism in Ukraine. It helps people find financial support for their projects among colleagues and adherents. Spilnokosht emerged out of need to support creative, media and educational initiatives, and develops in order to fund innovations in such fields as IT, renewable energy and social entrepreneurship.
Investor of Society is a program of cooperation between civic and commercial sectors. It invites businesses to support projects related to their development strategy. According to research, the majority of social projects are supported by Ukrainian business unsystematically. In the long run, it is disadvantageous both to business and sustainable development. The program of venture philanthropy Investor of Society provides a possibility to support projects that create innovations in the company’s sphere of interest.
Big Idea is a platform of active citizens, social projects and educational ideas. Big Idea provides a set of tools for pragmatic idealists who want to develop and implement their projects. The platform offers three services: Spilnokosht – online crowdfunding mechanism; Opportunities – up-to-date announcements about grants, internships, educational programs and travels; Practices – a media journal about social innovations, social entrepreneurship, new business models, ecological awareness, and the theory of change.
Social changes require an environment based on constant learning, mutual responsibility and exchange of ideas. We develop programs for civic and professional communities, projects of public space activation, local and international artistic initiatives. We implement models of cooperation for different stakeholders: SundayBorshch – a project of mini-grants from communities; Generation Celebration – a program of urban transformations supported by local authorities and business; Street Voice – urban festival of interaction between creative class and local communities.
In 2014, Garage Gang NGO which coordinates the work of the Big Idea platform will launch a long-term venture philanthropy program “Investor of Society”. The program aims to promote sustainable social change in cooperation with entrepreneurs through the crowd funding mechanism. The main advantage of the program for business is the possibility to support projects that create innovations in the company’s sphere of interest.
Venture philanthropy on Big Idea is a transparent mechanism of funding of sustainable solutions related to the development strategy and social mission of business. It will provide a way to engage the company’s employees and clients in implementation of bold initiatives and at the same time encourage authors of the projects to use the best entrepreneurial practices from the field of social innovations. The growth of business relies on new ideas, favorable social climate and effective solutions for present-day challenges. The development of social innovations initially requires competent support and funding base.
The main difference of “Investor of Society” from the old-fashioned programs of funding of social projects is that the money given to nonprofits can also strengthen business. It is a win-win strategy. That is why Investor of Society is deeply interested in the success of social innovations he or she supports.Детальніше
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