The Bulgarian School of Politics has lasting tradition with philanthropy. The founder of the School – Dimi Panitza, and most of the members of the Board of Directors are philanthropists with long and rich experience, which they share with delight and readiness. Current students of the School as well as the Alumni members are actively engaged with different social causes, which they support financially through fund raising and charity activities. Each class of the National Program chooses a cause on which to work after its graduation.
Our understanding is that philanthropy in Bulgaria should not be limited within the boundaries of incidental campaigns. It is a value, which should be strengthened, and the philanthropic culture should be cultivated among young Bulgarians. To achieve these, we provide civic and political leaders with information, knowledge and skills to work on important social causes, set for public debates problems and challenges, which philanthropy faces in Bulgaria, and look for ways for restoration of philanthropic and charity traditions in Bulgarian society.
The School of Politics works actively for summarizing Bulgarian and international experience and practice in the field of philanthropy. We analyze challenges that people and organizations, which like to donate or to receive donations, face. We pay particular attention to efficiency of received donations and how the results are communicated back to donors. Along with other organizations working in the field of philanthropy, we discuss ideas and possibilities for specific policies, which facilitate the process of donations. Together with the School Alumni, we organise debates and develop models for social adaptation of children from institutions and through the process of deinstitutionalization.
Promoting philanthropic culture in Bulgaria 2012-2014