The fundamental thing about philanthropic behaviour is it’s not just about charitable donations which focus on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, it’s about the elimination of those social problems.
Philanthropy is not just a form of public relations but a real effort we put in on a daily basis towards achieving our mission: empowering young people to become engaged citizens.
Even in a competitive context, philanthropic principles can produce more impactful results for both parties than just re-investing in the same corporate domain - for example, a company would be better off contributing to an institution of public education for increasing the abilities of a local pool of workforce, and their quantity, than ‘keeping it for themselves’ - it’s less expensive and opens the doors for multiple collaborations. And, of course, access to knowledge becomes more easily attainable.
How do we fit in all this?
Active effort to promote human welfare is a common denominator of all the areas of involvement IDEA takes part in. Since it is a critical part of a democratic society, our role corresponds with current trends: supporting or starting civic dialogue dedicated to broad engagement and open discussion, as a form of expressed public desire.
Our endeavours in advancing education and promoting critical thinking contribute to the fight for equal distribution of material and non-material goods. We are persistent in bringing the issues of the marginalised, neglected and fragile parts of society to the public sphere.
We are reaching out to organisations that promote and support effective philanthropy. We want our goals to be realised in an established time frame with the help of various foundations that play a very important part in fulfilling public needs and maintaining social responsibilities.
In a vast field of possible grants and donations, our task is to focus the funding direction towards the key areas of our mission: supporting youth participation and fostering democratic practices, strengthening global citizen identities, promoting human rights through inclusion and anti-discrimination programs, advocating for and improving citizenship education with particular focus on tackling threats to democratic governance, and promoting debate both as a tool and methodology of empowering young people to learn, live and work more successfully. All that by using our knowledge, experience and skills to make an impact, no matter how small.