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It is quite possible that you only recently heard about "Somborske šnajderke" during the Belgrade Fashion Week - or maybe this is the first time you meet their story. In any case, at the very beginning, this association could present itself as a team of five women, beneficiaries of the safe house, who gained self-confidence and began to search for their identity in social entrepreneurship.

This is how “Somborske šnajderke” was created - a women's social enterprise focused on integrating women and children, victims of domestic violence back into society, which directly employs victims in the production of bedding, souvenirs, toys… They invest the excess of their income in support of women, immediately after leaving the service of safe houses.

In addition to their activities, “Somborske šnajderke” organized their first fashion show this year, and the funds raised were directed to training for the work of 10 women throughout Serbia. The campaign on the Donacije.rs platform helped them in that, which provided the necessary support.

The team of hard-working women also proved that they do their business responsibly, which was confirmed on Neprofitne.rs. In our new interview, which followed the blue badge of complete transparency, they gave us an insight into their activities, goals, and programs. Find out more about it from Tamara Savović, one of the founders of “Somborske šnajderke”.

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Who Are We?

Catalyst Balkans is a regional nonprofit that provides data, research, tech, and advice for other nonprofits and companies to do more good in their communities. 

With our research on philanthropy in Serbia and throughout the Western Balkans, we are helping all actors – donors, recipients, beneficiaries, decision-makers, and citizens to understand status and trends of philanthropic giving in their countries. This information helps to understand who gives, for which purposes, to whom and for whom, but it also can serve as support to evidence-based advocacy for better legal and fiscal framework for giving. Catalyst’s philanthropy research is the most comprehensive source of information on giving in Western Balkans and is used by global actors and networks that report on philanthropic giving.

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Who Are We?

Catalyst Balkans is a regional foundation that provides philanthropy data, resources and know-how to nonprofits and socially responsible companies. We help donors and fundraisers to do more good in their communities.

Now we are looking for two Fundraising Services Coordinators with both skills and passion to join our Fundraising Hub.

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Famous Serbian shooter Zorana Arunović and her sister Jelena founded the "Olympic 011" sports association in 2016 in Belgrade. This club is dedicated to improving shooting sports, and they are focused on improving the national team's results.

Some of the goals of the association, among other things, are the common good and social benefit, and as they point out, they are dedicated to precision and accuracy - both in sports and in life.

A large number of medals won at the most prominent world competitions confirms the talent of the members of the club, and their efforts to carry out their activities in the community responsibly were approved on Neprofitne.rs.

As it usually happens, after winning the blue badge of the highest transparency on that platform, an interview with the representative of "SK Olimpik 011", Zorana Arunović, followed. You have probably already heard of Zorana – recently, she achieved great success at the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, winning a gold medal.

Despite her obligations, this multiple European champion took the time to talk to us and assess the position of women in sports and the importance of responsibility. She told us how Nadja Higl inspired her to strive for great goals and "hit right in the target" next year.

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