In Hungary, as in other CEE countries, the importance of NGO boards is increasingly recognized. As foreign donors leave and fundraising becomes more than a matter of writing grant proposals, boards more often find themselves in a new role of being advocates and gate-openers (if not yet fundraisers) for their organizations. As the first generation of NGO leaders are leaving, donors have recently focused more on the capacity of their grantees’ boards. Having invested a lot, they now want to focus on what they are leaving behind. So far, they have put trust and money into individual CEOs; they now need a higher level of trust in the institution itself.
This would probably be the most frequent answer to a Romanian survey asking ‘How would you define corporate social responsibility (CSR)?’ It doesn’t even have a proper Romanian translation. During a CSR conference last year it was almost funny to see businesspeople asking ‘Why exactly are we here?’
The Polish Donors Forum, which has been working since 2002 as an informal group, is soon to be registered as a countrywide association.