"Zakhyst" Community Fund of Kherson reports back to the community

On 23 February, the Kherson Community Fund "Zakhyst" hosted a public meeting, presenting their 2014 Annual Report and 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.

Supported by UNDP "Democratization and Human Rights in Ukraine" Project, the Fund has developed its fundraising strategy, while reviewing and introducing a new Board into fundraising activities. As a result of these improvements and enhanced organization's transparency and accountability, the Fund managed to increase its operational budget more than twofold, compared to last year's, with 2/3 of resources coming from local sources.
The Fund has ambitious plans ahead: organize television and radio marathon "Ukraine Above Everything"; summarize results and organize "Kherson Charitable" award ceremony; install an automatic ramp (elevator) for people with disabilities in Kherson theatre who have to move around in wheelchairs; hold a mini-grants competition for the implementation of local initiatives; conduct School of organizational development for young NGOs; conduct Volunteer Forum, and more. In addition, the Fund is aimed at developing civilized transparent and accountable philanthropy in the community.
The meeting generated a great deal of interest among public figures, representatives of informal associations and volunteer groups, active citizens, journalists and concerned people who do not merely dream about positive changes, but are ready to join such initiatives. They spoke highly of the activities of the Fund and expressed their continuous support.
Following the principles of transparency and accountability, on 19 February the Fund published its 2014 report in the local newspaper "Vhoru". The 2015-2017 Strategy could be accessed on the Fund's website
In addition to the Kherson Community Fund "Zakhyst," UNDP "Democratization and Human Rights in Ukraine" Project supported seven other regional civil society organizations (hubs) to enhance their internal democratic governance mechanisms, strengthen financial stability, root the organizations deeper in their communities and help them become embodiments of the principles that they advocate for. As a result of this support, hubs rebooted their Boards according to democratic principles; doubled their budgets using local fundraising and strategic planning; increased a number of volunteers; improved management and procurement procedures; and became more open and transparent in their communities.