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We Didn't Miss This Year's Grantmakers East Forum

11/10/2011

Grantmakers East Forum

The Grantmakers East Forum was created in 1992 by a group of European Foundation Centre members active in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States. As interest for the group grew, in pace with developments of grant-making in the region, the project resulted in the annual meeting which takes place in a different country each year.

This year’s conference in Riga in October the 4th–7th addressed the question of where does traditional grant-making fit in the face of current information and communications that are readily and widely available. Is organized grant-making in support of formal, traditional activists still effective when people are sufficiently self-motivated and informed, or at least connected, to organize and mobilize themselves?

GEF 2011 also provided plenty of time for networking, which a member of our ViabilityNet team, Marketa Krausova attempted to use as much as possible. Besides the official program she had a chance to spend a precious time with Vera Dakova, representative of the main donor of the ViabilityNet project, Charles Stuart Mott Foundation.

fotografie Grantmakers East Forum 2011

Vera Dakova and Marketa Krausova at Grantmakers East Forum 2011 in Riga. Vera Dakova and Marketa Krausova discussing ViabilityNet program in particular details of the first meeting in Sv. Jan pod Skalou. The Via Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung Representatives drinking a cocktail made of very traditional Latvian Black Balsam with the plum juice.
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Vera Dakova and Marketa Krausova at Grantmakers East Forum 2011 in Riga.
Vera Dakova and Marketa Krausova at Grantmakers East Forum 2011 in Riga.
(Author: Amy Nicholson)
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