Innovation Toolkit: How to Foster Financial Sustainability in Civil Society

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Strengthening the impact of civil society in the Republic of Macedonia

The Euclid Network recently gathered input from across Macedonia, the Western Balkans and the UK to understand the challenges facing civil society and best practices to overcome them. Bringing together learnings, analysis and feedback from all those that contributed to Civil Society Peer Exchanges, the Innovation Toolkit presents six evidence-based recommendations to strengthen civil society’s impact on the ground:

  • Advocacy does not have to be oppositional to the current context
  • Map your stakeholders to identify who has influence and build a diverse coalition
  • Agree priorities and develop joint strategies
  • Diversify your income to achieve sustainability
  • Build a strong case by presenting evidence in a compelling and accessible language, utilising a diverse range of tools
  • Measure your social impact to demonstrate how your work affects change on wider social issues

Each recommendation is supported by a case study of best practice. Civil Society Peer Exchanges would like to thank the following organisations for their case study contributions: Organization of Women of Municipality of Sveti Nikole (Macedonia); HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje (Macedonia); Poraka Nasa (Macedonia); Smart Kolektiv (Serbia); Association for Education, Communication and Consulting, OXO (Macedonia); SROI Network (UK).

The toolkit also includes an overview of civil society in Macedonia and a presentation of the Civil Society Peer Exchanges project, running from June 2014 to March 2015.

To download the toolkit visit: http://csopeerex.euclidnetwork.eu/toolkit.html

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