Congratulations to our January “FIN of the Month:” SolidarityNow our newest and very first partner located in Greece! We are excited to welcome them to the network - both to increase our presence in Europe and to learn more about the Greek social sector. We asked FIN supervisor, Georgia Papathanasiou, to tell us more about the work of SolidarityNow and why the FIN program will be beneficial to their local nonprofit community.
SolidarityNow was established in 2013 with the support of Open Society Foundations and is an organzation whose goal is to assist and support those most affected by the economic and humanitarian crises in Greece. In the past five years, SolidarityNow has supported a total of 73 social service programs - of those, 25 specifically affect the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis. To implement these programs, SolidarityNow works with over 70 organizations, including civil society groups and public bodies. Already a part of a large network, SolidarityNow decided to apply to become a FIN partner after hearing more about the work of Foundation Center. As a FIN, they hope to offer our resources to those organizations they currently serve.
Georgia expressed that those organizations located in Greece are primarily interested in receiving fundraising information and other funding-related technical assistance. Currently the defined civil society sector is rapidly growing and nonprofits are being established to support and empower vulnerable groups affected most by the Greek financial crisis. Their missions address a myriad of issues including access to primary healthcare, education and job readiness, psychosocial and mental health support, and human rights. In this context, in their first year of partnership SolidarityNow will focus on providing information and trainings through workshop opportunities according to the needs defined by the nonprofit sector.
From the feedback that we have received from our other global partners, the level of funder transparency can really vary in other regions of the world. Like those located in the United States, not all philanthropic entities located abroad are required by the government to report their giving trends. For nonprofit organizations this lack of crucial data often makes searching for grants from local foundations challenging. By joining the network, SolidarityNow will work to bridge this gap - providing grassroots organizations with the philanthropic information that they need to thrive. We are eager to partner with them as they embark on this important work!
Did you know that our network currently has 12 global partners, representing 10 countries and territories including Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland and now Greece! For a full list of organizations, visit our Find Us Map.