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Number of community foundations: 3
Oldest CF: Step Forward in Zaječar (2013)
Population: 7 million (2017, Statista)

Trag Foundation

The Trag Foundation was established in 1999 as a UK charity called Balkan Community Initiatives Fund (BCIF) that was subsequently registered in Serbia in 2004. BCIF changed its name to Trag Foundation in 2013. Trag’s main mission is to contribute to the development of active and open communities by providing financial, capacity building and other types of support to citizens’ initiatives in these communities.

Since its establishment, Trag has supported more than 1,300 local initiatives with over 9.5 million Euros. In the area of philanthropy development, Trag actively promotes and develops individual and corporate strategic giving, advocates for a more favorable legislative and fiscal framework, builds capacities of CSOs to mobilize resources on the local level and contributes to the development of the CF movement in the country and the Western Balkans region. Trag currently coordinates the work of SIGN – Southeast European Indigenous Grantmakers Network - and participates in the work of WEBCFI – Western Balkans Community Foundations Initiative. The community foundation movement in Serbia is growing and the main challenges it currently faces encompass shrinking space and the inability to involve local governments into their work, fluctuating levels of community engagement and ensuring sufficient levels of local individual and corporate funding needed for a more flexible and sustainable functioning.

Zaječar Initiative (Zaječarske inicijative)

The Zaječar Initiative was established in 2001. The organization provides strategic advice to community foundations and helps them to build a network. Currently, the Zaječar Initiative supports the further growth of already existing community foundations and provides assistance to those who want to establish new foundations.

In Serbia, the level of locally raised funds by community foundations is very low, they are highly dependent on foreign funding. That is why the Zaječar Initiative works on tailor-made approaches for diversifying funding sources in the country.