Name/Title of Project

May the force and civic courage be with us!

Objective of Program to be Supported:

We provide professional and financial support to community initiatives in small towns and big cities. Initiatives that – by time – will be able to promote local issues from local funds; help them professionally and in longer terms financially as well and do all this in the form of community foundations. The impact of this work it that they increase individual and community initiative, capability of acting and taking responsibility also strengthening trust and solidarity in society. With the help of our supporters we can provide the highest quality support to 3 organising groups in Budapest and 4 others in the country who are soon becoming community foundations and wish to work according to the ideal described above.

The need and the problem we offer a solution to in the project:

We think that social confidence and trust in the power of action and showing example as well as civic activity have greatly decreased lately in Hungary while the feeling of individual and community defencelessness is increasing. Building trust between people, strengthening connections and solidarity between different social groups and showing example to encourage collaboration for shared objectives are essential for the long-term development of local communities. The form of community foundations is an excellent and tested means of achieving these objectives.

Activities planned in the project with expected schedule:

We are working with seven organising groups in our project who wish to establish community foundations. There are four country towns and three districts of the capital are among them. Groups receive professional and financial support from us to help them in the process of successfully establishing their own community foundation and then to start working as independent foundations. We shall use the donations received in the Swimathon to support the organising groups. Each group will receive HUF 1 million support for start in two parts. We would like to spend the incoming donations to pay the second amount of HUF 500,000 / group due in the second half of 2021. The amount will be paid in the support period between 01 July 2021 and 31 March 2022

Planned total project budget, briefly (cost types and amounts):

Amount of financial support in the project period is HUF 3.5 million, i.e. 7 x HUF 500,000 support for the seven organising groups. The groups will make decisions on the use of the support according to the local circumstances in this period in order to establish their foundation as successfully as possible. They can spend this amount on organising events, various campaigns or self-development occasions. The cost of our project is HUF 3,500,000 accordingly. We would like to raise HUF 1,500,000 from this at the Swimathon.

Planned use of the donations raised at Swimathon:

We would like to use the entire raised amount for the financial support the organising groups preparing the seven community foundations in their work in the second half of 2021 to help their start or they fundraising work.

What impact we hope from the implementation of the project and how we wish to measure it?

We hope that all organising groups will be prepared be the end of 2021 to start operation as a community foundation by January 2022. We wish to measure the planned impact from various aspects: how many of the seven organising groups have turned into community foundations? Are there any groups that gave up, are there any delaying and why? And along how much donation did the organising group raise? How many groups took part in our professional training course offered and the study trips recommended?

Name and organisation of the civil organisation implementing the project:

Roots and Wings Foundation:
We aim to start a deep social change in Hungary by supporting root initiatives which increase initiatives and responsibility and strengthen trust and solidarity in society. We believe that the programs of Roots and Wings Foundation will prove first locally and then at national level: initiative, individual responsibility and solidarity are creating forces for the long-term development of a community.
We organise various professional training programs for the organising groups, we activate our network capital and provide different forms of financial support in order to achieve these objectives.

Organisational Data Name, registered seat, date and number of court registration, tax number, website Name and contact of contact person:

Name, registered seat, date and number of court registration, tax number, website
Name and contact of contact person: (email, telephone)

Name: Roots and Wings Foundation
Registered seat: 1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 32. III/3.
Date and number of court registration: 2014, 11984
Tax number: 18626166 – 1 – 43
Name of contact person: György Hámori, program manager