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The Wikimedia Serbia Association has stood out on the Neprofitne.rs transparency assessment platform for some time as an example of good practice in improving and maintaining the trust of its community.

Among the organizations that have received one of the three badges confirming the level of transparency of their work, they have achieved the highest "distinction": the blue badge. As holders of this certificate that they carry out their activities completely transparently, their team also diligently fills out their profile and provides the public with details about their work, projects and changes that they achieve through valuable and daily efforts.

In this way, as their team explains, they present themselves as responsible initiators of change when it comes to spreading free knowledge in Serbia, which helps them to strengthen a good impression on potential partners and collaborators.

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Our new interview about the experience of organizations in crowdfunding provides an opportunity to, in addition to the Donacije.rs campaign, look at other achievements of the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSI).

The primary goal of this association is developing young people, which they achieve through education, support, and friendship, connecting students from Serbia who are studying abroad. Their team, with whom we cooperated in April 2021, marked the 25th anniversary of the organization's existence, which has been improving the position of young students for two and a half decades, with the "Summer OSSIlation 2022" event on July 9.

By winning the blue badge, OSSI members also showed their responsibility toward the community. Those interested in their work can find information on Neprofitne.rs, where there is information about their programs and results.

However, this time we asked them for an interview to learn more about their experience with crowdfunding on the Donacije.rs platform. Last year, it resulted in a successful campaign and the realization of a digital platform that supports high school and university students to study abroad and connect with current students. The campaign also facilitated the networking of students abroad and the incentive to return to their native country after professional training.

Below, please find out how OSSI members see the process of preparing and launching a crowdfunding campaign and what value it brought to their work in a conversation with the president of the organization's board, Anđela Janković.

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