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femLENS' mission is to visually educate and make technologically aware the most vulnerable and resourceless women of our society through documentary photography made accessible by mobile phone cameras and cheaper point and shoot cameras.

School of arts for unprivileged children Dedal

The aim of Dedal has been to establish an art centre where children from disadvantaged backgrounds can overcome social isolation by developing their skills and talents. Dedal provides free classes in the art and sciences for children from orphanages, single-parent families, and foster families, as well as for children with minor disabilities. In addition to free access, the centre provides the diverse social environment necessary for promoting social integration. During their regular visits to Dedal, children work actively with professional artists and build lasting friendships with kids from diverse family backgrounds. Apart from participating in classes, the children enjoy multiple opportunities to present their achievements at public exhibitions. In addition to the association's prominent role as a diver of cultural and social development, and its political independence, Dedal is made unique by the voluntary service of all of its staff members

Bulgarian English Speech and Debate Tournaments Foundation

Mission statement: By providing English-language speech and debate tournaments, student leadership opportunities, and international programming to Bulgarian high school students, the BEST Foundation promotes critical thinking skills and free thought so as to foster a community of engaged, democratically-minded citizens who are committed to creating a bright future for Bulgaria. Vision: We believe that words are powerful, and can engage diverse viewpoints to contribute to the well-being of societies. Programs: BEST accomplishes its mission through the following activities: - providing speech and debate tournaments to Bulgarian and foreign students - supporting teachers and coaches with curriculum and trainings - creating student-centered leadership opportunities - informing and educating students about local and global issues and ideas - fostering a network of citizens who envision and are working toward a bright future for Bulgaria Impact: Though no two experiences through BEST are alike, the following characterizes significant patterns of change experienced through participation in BEST's programming: 1) Exposure: Through BEST, participants are exposed to new ideas, views, and perspectives. 2) Conviction: Participants then begin to care about certain ideas that they have been exposed to. 3) Education: Once they find an idea they care more about, they begin to learn more about this idea, and become more critically aware of what is going on. 4) Action: Based on what participants have learned and care about, they take action. Action can take many different forms.

Fondation de France

Focused in supporting a modern, effective and global philanthropy.

Time Heroes Foundation

The TimeHeroes Foundation was founded in 2011 with the goal to build and develop the volunteering culture in Bulgaria. Today the organisation runs the largest volunteering platform in Bulgaria - By the end of January 2018, has matched 638 organisations which need support for their causes with over 40 000 individuals who wish to donate their time and skills. So far the volunteers have taken part 65 379 times in 1400 volunteering initiatives (called missions) in 175 towns across Bulgaria. The platform is the main, and often sole, source for Bulgarian nonprofit organizations and active citizens to recruit volunteers. To achieve our mission to develop Bulgaria's volunteering culture, we run several further projects. ANNUAL AWARDS We established the annual volunteering awards THE HEROES, which reward outstanding volunteers, organisers, responsible companies and media (after open nominations), and promote and stimulate volunteering as a whole. In 2017 a jury selected 23 of the 226 nominees and these were announced at an official ceremony that was widely covered in media, was attended by 250+ guests and was streamed 26 000 times. YOUTH VOLUNTEERING We are growing a network of school and university volunteer clubs across the country. Over 30 clubs are currently active with 500+ student members organising their own community-based initiatives or supporting existing volunteer missions held by local nonprofits. SENIORS' VOLUNTEER PHONE LINE We operate a National Volunteers' Phone Line volunteering telephone line as an alternative to the website for people without access to the internet or a computer, mainly targeting seniors and retirees. This project aims to tackle the pervasive societal isolation in this age group in Bulgaria. CAPACITY BUILDING Through workshops and systematised good practices we are actively building the capacity of Bulgarian nongovernmental organisations for working with volunteers. In 2015-2016 we collected and systematised the experience of 250 Bulgarian NGOs working with volunteers. We are sharing this know-how in a wiki platform, a 100-page handbook and a series of workshops. Over 1000 NGOs have received the handbook, about 100 have so far participated in our highly-rated workshops. We also fundraise and distribute monthly small grants enabling volunteer involvement in causes.

Turistichesko druzhestvo Boeritsa

Turistichesko druzhestvo Boeritsa was founded in 2011 in Vladaya - a village near Sofia by local mountain rescuers and tourists. Our mission is to aid the local community by continuously engaging people in outdoor activities, voluntary work and charity. Our purpose is to help develop Vitosha mountain in many aspects and create longterm, sustainable connection between the people of Sofia and their home mountain. We aim to popularize, promote and develop various forms of mountain practice, hiking, skiing, bike tourism, water sports, speleology, orientation and mountaineering. We want to provide opportunities for young people to acquaint themselves nature and build habits for environmentally friendly and ecological communication with the mountain.

Essence Foundation Bulgaria

Our mission is to provide courses, workshops, individual, family and group consulting/ therapy as well as long term programs for children, teenagers and adults from differet social groups in Bulgaria. We believe that by making psychological work (which is still stygmatised in Bulgaria) more popular and accessible, we encourage young people and adults to explore themselves, their inner world, their emotions and fears, to understand their behavior and attitudes for success and failure better, to learn about relationships, to gain self awareness and relational awareness by being part of a community. We believe that understanding and acceptance of all differences will create a positive attitude and active citizenship and will influence our environment, our country and our lives in a in a very positive way.

A place for everyone Foundation

Support, counseling, education and upbringing of adults, children and their families. nsuring equal access to education and culture.

Star of Hope Foundation

To ensure obtaining of knowledge, good manners and practical skills in the young people upon assuming responsibility and for making efficient and useful decisions in the different fields of public life which shall ensure benefit for their families and for the civil society. To help hereby to create people with self-esteem, moral resistance and ethics. To perform social activity by rendering support and humanitarian aid to: - people in need who have suffered from natural and social disasters by providing food, clothes, transport, shelter, etc. - unemployed people, young families, orphans, homeless people and mothers, incapacitated and socially weak people and invalids, people deprived of freedom and other categories of socially disadvantaged people. - state and private institutions dealing with invalids. - literacy activities - organizing and holding courses for professional training and for acquiring qualification /in different types of specialties/. To support individuals who have spent some time in social institutions: correctional institutions and rehabilitation centers for drug addicts, prisons and orphanages for their realization in the civil society.


Autistic individuals are characterized by disorders of varying degrees of communication skills, social interactions and limited, stereotyped patterns of behavior. They are a "mosaic" of strengths, deficits and deviations. Sociocommunicative problematic is often combined with intellectual deficit, with delay in language development, with deficit of control on impulses and hyperactivity. Parents are also different resources (emotional, family, support systems) to cope with the social trauma inflicted on them. That's why we chose for ours: Mission: Especially important for people with developmental disabilities is, to have equal opportunities for development, equal chances for a dignified and independent life. Main goal: Bridging deficits through services, developing personal potential, consistent with the individual needs of everyone. A bit of our history: In 2011, parents of autistic individuals, friends and like-minded people, we established the Developmental Disabilities Foundation to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities. Everything we do is to overcome the consequences of social trauma for persons with developmental problems and their relatives. By providing social services in the community, we aim to build self-reliance skills that promote social inclusion. We hold licenses for: therapy and rehabilitation; community work; training for the acquisition of work skills; support for the acquisition of work skills; informing and consulting; advocacy and mediation and day care. Each person is unique and has the right to happiness, equal opportunities to achieve it, equal chances for a dignified and independent life. That is why we created and are developing the Center for inclusive and non-formal education "Art and Jump". In the informal space of the Workshop, children and young people learn through experiences while working and having fun in the Wool and Textiles workshop, the Ceramics workshop and the Digital Competences workshop. We implement an innovative program of creative educational modules that develops cognitive skills, promotes personal development and increases motivation to face everyday challenges. As a team, we are clearly aware of social dignity and responsibility. Therefore, we strive for the formation of empathy, tolerance and acceptance of one's own and others' "differences" in the spirit of respect for human dignity and value in society. "Being different is a privilege" Autistic individuals need a variety of appropriate forms of support throughout their lives. Therefore, it is necessary to develop and implement individual projects for independent living for each of them. Our foundation pays the necessary attention to the group dynamics in order to build an interpersonal relationship and at the same time relationships in the social environment. We all know that in Bulgaria there is no network organization of services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at all ages. Therefore, one of the guiding principles in the management of our organization is to ensure the continuity of services for children, youth and adults. We are currently working with the Autism - Education, Future and Opportunities Association. Combining ideas, resources and tools, we have found an appropriate solution to the problem of the "child with autism in secondary school" challenge. We support the Association in their activities for the introduction of the Competent Learner (CLM) model. In the House we will further develop and upgrade the model "Workshop for the development of cognitive skills and increase the capacity for autonomy", as well as Dance-Motor Therapy for Psychosomatic Development, which we are currently implementing under the Program of Sofia Municipality for Social Innovations. We will apply innovative management, continuously and long-term, so that we can simultaneously meet social needs and create new social relationships and cooperation. Working with parents and siblings is another key moment in our planned activities. The effect of therapies and rehabilitation for people with developmental problems is insufficient if it is not integrated with psycho-social interventions with the whole family. Another important goal of ours is the creation of supported employment, employment support, and social enterprise for our users. We already have a working creative studio in ceramics, Art and Jump Workshop. We plan to develop resilience and create work skills in the field of applied arts for young people with disabilities.

Association Podkrepi BG

To contribute to the growth and development of the donation culture in Bulgaria by creating transparent and accessible online donation platform, that doesn't take any commission from the campaigns.

Creators Association

Creators Association is an organization of professionals dedicated to using art for personal growth and social change. It works with children, youth, adults, professional artists, people with disabilities and marginalized groups. Association of Creators creates an author's system for teaching emotional culture and leadership skills through the arts. Association of Creators is a non-profit organization aimed at people who develop in the arts and artistic psycho-social activities, practice them as a profession or hobby, want to develop as individuals and professionals and pass on knowledge to others.