Steps 2005

January 21, 2005

Ms. Nancy Reynolds, Peace Corps volunteer, together with the representatives of King George community foundation, IATP and Maltese service of Aid visited orphanages of Ivano-Frankivsk city and oblast within the framework of “IT Skills for Orphans and Teachers: Promoting Independent-Living Skills Through IT Training” project. This project is aimed at increasing computer literacy of children living in Ukrainian orphanages. The project is implemented by IREX/IATP in partnership with United States Peace Corps and ECA Alumni under the financial support of Computer-Aid International.
King George community foundation is going to favour the project activities in every possible way in future.

February 16-17, 2005

“Ukrainian Citizen Action Network” (UCAN) representatives conducted a 2-days training for the representatives of local NGOs working in the field of promoting principles of civil society in Ukraine. The subject of the training was “Informational message in a civil society”. The activity was held at the premises of the King George community foundation
On initiative of the same organization training in advocacy was also conducted in February at King George community foundation.

February 25, 2005

King George community foundation presented its annual report at the joint sitting of the Board of Donors. We are proud to have a lot of famous and wealthy people of our community as members of the Board, among them Mr. Kruts’ (deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament), Mr. Tkach (Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast’), directors of local banks and successful businessmen.
Usually the meeting is held at the end of the year, but this time it had been postponed till February because of the political events in Ukraine at the end of 2004.

March 25, 2005

The Institute of Non-Profit Management, an Institute within the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv) organized a conference titled “Fundraising perspectives in Ukraine”. The conference gathered representatives of the Ukrainian NGOs, representatives of different funds and international organizations, US Peace Corps representatives, as well as business circle representatives and those of donor organizations.
The participants of the conference discussed problems of fundraising both in Ukraine and abroad, perspectives in the field of fundraising and philanthropy and priorities for activity of donor organizations.
Mr. Viktor Kimakovych, director of the King George community foundation shared his experince in the field of fundraising and philanthropy during the conference.

April 7, 2005

King George community foundation has become a member of the international organization “Clean up the World”. (Australia) CUW inspires communities around the world to clean up, fix up and conserve their local environment. Within the terms of cooperation with the Clean up the World, King George community foundation plans to take active part in the CUW workshops, to hold informational campaigns on promoting ecological way of having rest among Ivano-Frankivsk city community and to hold cleaning up campaign on the territory of the Ivano-Frankivsk city and banks of the rivers flowing by.

April 27, 2005

The King George community foundation held the regular sitting of the Board of Experts concerning medical and social welfare issues. It was decided to give financial support to 33 requests out of 40 requests we’d received

May 27, 2005

The Board of Donors of the King George community foundation has identified winners of the contest of small grants aimed at supporting local initiatives. The following projects have been supported:

“Verkhovyna” Amateur film studio – video equipment 850,00
Search agency “Find me” – stationery 150,00

Kalush city Charity foundation “Christian love”- equipment for work with socially unprotected people 1000,00
Myroslav Voloschuk, the department of World History, associate – granting scholarship for conducting researches 300,00
“Youth Commitee” mission, Ivano-Frankivsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church - “The Way of Unborn Child” project 500,00
Chess and draughts club – computer equipment 600,00

May 30-31, 2005

With his speech Paul Birminghem, chairman of the World Bank in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova opened the Knowledge Forum for Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova “Improvement of Service Delivery through Local Social Partnership: Best Practices and Sustainability”.
Viktor Kimakovych, director of the King George community foundation, together with Ruslan Kraplych (Prince’ Ostrozhsky Foundation, Rivne) and Yuriy Trofimenko, “Ahalar” center presented their reports on the theme “Community foundations as a focal point for dialogue and local ownership” during the “Community Foundations”plenary session

June 20-22, 2005

The International Conference “On the way of trust in society – philanthropy in the Ukrainian community” was held in Kyiv on 20-22 June. The event was organized by the Center for Philanthropy under the support of UCAN. More than 100 representatives of the Ukrainian NGOs, donor organizations, native and international enterprises took part in the conference. Representatives of the King George community foundation were also invited to discuss the present-day state of philanthropy in Ukraine. Leaders and executive stuff of the Ukrainian NGOs shared their experience with international specialists, discussed the ways of community development and establishing new traditions of local philanthropy in Ukraine.
Viktor Kimakovych, head of the King George community foundation, also shared his experience of work, told about the role and function of the Expert Council and the Board of Donors. He also mentioned the mechanisms of involving community representatives to the process of local decision making for solving burning problems.

April 4-9, 2005

Christ King Basilian Monastery initiated an educational trip for young people to Dora village not far from Yaremche city. The subject of the trip was “Jesus Christ – the Only Holy Saviour of a Man - yesterday, today and forever”. Along with everyday messes and spiritual talks with the priest young people were enjoying active rest during all the 6 days in the mountains.
This time recollections have not only brought youth to their spiritual strengthening, but also to the physical one.
King George community foundation is always happy to support and facilitate such initiatives, as we are deeply concerned and aware that this work brings a great lot of goodness to all young people.

August 2, 2005

The project titled “The development of the network of social partnership in Ivano-Frankivsk” was presented at the seminar for local NGO’s at the King George community foundation. The project has been worked out by the King George Community Foundation in partnership with the Association of Economical Development of Ivano-Frankivsk, supported by the “Renaissance” International Foundation.
The project is focused at establishing an Informational portal “Centre of social partnership”, the main purpose of which is researching into social services available in our town, supporting common centre of social partnership and development of cooperation among social sectors of the community, the support of the local philanthropy and improving the quality of social services within the local community.
At the seminar representatives of the local NGOs discussed the project and worked out the common strategy of work in future.

August 12, 2005

Representatives of charity organizations and NGOs from all over the Western Ukraine took part in the regional conference “Philanthropy. Reasons and tendencies.” that was held at the King George community foundation on 12th of August. The conference presented results of the social research conducted in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast’, that studied the level of people’s awareness about the present state of philanthropy in the oblast, residents’ needs and preferences in the field of philanthropy, the level of trust to charity organizations and institutions, etc.

September 16, 2005

The first sitting of the Philanthropy Council took place at the King George community foundation. The event was held within the frames of the project titled “Support local producer to help children of your town” that is implemented by the King George community foundation under the support of UCAN. The project implementation strategy and further steps to achieve project goals have been discussed at the sitting.

September 28, 2005

Under support of the King George community foundation and in cooperation with local authority youth organization “Students’ fraternity” initiated and organized ecological day “Make your world better”. The event was held within the frames of International weekend of cleaning up the world that is initiated by the international organization “Clean up the World” in many countries of the world annually. This year students youth of Ivano-Frankivsk city has shared this international initiative and started the ecological event near the bridge over the Bystrytsa Solotvynska river in Ivano-Frankivsk. During the event young people have cleaned up both banks of the river from litter

September 26, 2005

The King George community foundation held Expert Board sitting on small grants program for local initiatives support.
According to the Experts’ resolution the following projects will be supported by the King George community foundation:

# Title Responsible for project Budget
1. “Ukrainian historical heritage abroad and prospects of its restitution” or “Lost Ukraine” George Lasoryshyn,
Myroslav Voloschuk 750,00 UAH
2. “Centre for integration and rehabilitation for people with special needs” Bohorodchany city society of people with special needs “Nadiya” 1000,00 UAH
3. “Kinets kintsem” (“At last” or “End of the End”) art periodical, the common Ukrainian and Polish project Kotyrlin Rostyslav, chief editor of the periodical 2000 UAH
4. Financial support for running free-diners program for socially vulnerable people, “Caritas” Charity Foundation 2000 UAH
5. Photography exhibition by Kazymyr Richka Kazymyr Richka 1200 UAH

October 6, 2005

Representatives of the King George community foundation took part in the round-table meeting “Corporate social responsibility: benefit for everyone” that was held on October 6, 2005 in Kyiv. The book “Corporate Social Responsibility : Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause” by Philip Kotler and Nancy Lee was presented at the meeting.
The authors of the book define corporate social responsibility as free choice of a corporation to give something back to their communities in the form of charitable projects through relevant approaches to running their business. In other words, corporate social responsibility is free contribution (that is closely connected with the direct business activity) of a corporation into social, economic and ecological development of the community. In Corporate Social Responsibility, Philip Kotler, one of the world's foremost voices on business and marketing, and coauthor Nancy Lee explain why charity is both good P.R. and good for business. They show business leaders how to choose social causes, design charity initiatives, gain employee support, and evaluate their efforts.
To promote corporate social responsibility among business circles in Ukraine is critically important from the point of view of the community development,- that is the reason why CSR gains more and more popularity all over Ukraine.

October 18, 2005

The King George community foundation held regular sitting of the Board of Experts that considered medication support requests from socially vulnerable people. The Board, which includes the most experienced and professional doctors and pharmacists of the city considered 16 requests and decided to give support to all of them.

November 29, 2005

King George community foundation has initiated a project named “Support local producer to help children of your town”. The project is implemented under the support of UCAN (Ukrainian Citizen Action Network) and ISC (Institute for Sustainable Communities). On November 29 King George community foundation held press-conference to present the project to community.

The project is aimed at involving city community to take active part in the field of philanthropy and promoting corporate social responsibility among business circles in Ivano-Frankivsk. The project is implemented in partnership with local producers “Ivano-Frankivsk Kh libokombinat” (bread, rolls and buns producer) and “Ivano-Frankivsk Mjasokombinat” (meat products maker) open joint-stock companies.

We were glad to invite representatives of local NGOs, partners of the project and mass media to take part in the project presentation. During the conference participants had a chance to discuss burning problems in social sphere. They also talked over the necessity to promote corporate social responsibility in the city. It was emphasized that potential donors (producers and entrepreneurs) should be stimulated to donate to charity projects both from the side of authorities and NGOs. King George community foundation presented new mechanism for cooperation between business and NGOs. We hope, it will serve as example for other organizations and entrepreneurs to contribute to local community in future.

Cooperation between business, NGOs and community within “Support local producer to help children of your town” project stimulates corporate social responsibility in Ivano-Frankivsk city and makes people feel they can contribute to their own community.

December 2, 2005

Ivano-Frankivsk city centre of social services for family, children and youth held 4th city festival of creative works by disabled children “Believe in Yourself”. King George community Foundation had a pleasure to be invited to the festival and take part in the charitable auction held within the event, where we had a chance to buy works by children from Ivano-Frankivsk Rehabilitation Centre for children with disabilities.

December 6, 2005

Ivano-Frankivsk Agency for economic development under support of the International “Rennaisance” Foundation has initiated project named ‘Establishing social partnership network in Ivano-Frankivsk city’. Within the frames of the project it was approved to set up Central Social Information Office. Its activities will be focused on finding solutions to local problems in social sphere through common efforts of the local authorities, institutions of local self-government and non-governmental entities.
To effectively coordinate both social partnership and work of the Central Social Information Office, they have established Social Partnership Council that include representatives of the executive committee of the Ivano-Frankivsk city council, NGOs, charitable organizations and other institutions working in social sphere.
Realizing to the full that close cooperation of local authorities, institutions of self-government and non-governmental organizations is extremely important for solving social problems and having deep feeling of responsibility towards the community we live in, King George community foundation as a partner of the project takes active part in the project implementation and is honored to be a member of Social Partnership Council.