Guest Post by Petra Drahoňovská
Throughout Central and Eastern Europe, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and venture philanthropy are increasingly embraced as innovative approaches to solving social challenges.
#BlankCzech (www.blankczech.com), a new English-language campaign, aims to raise awareness, increase support, and grow opportunity for Czech social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and charities beyond the borders of the Czech Republic.
#BlankCzech was conceived and developed at Studio Alfred Kašpar, by a creative team consisting of Andrea Bubníková (project management and social media marketing); Tomáš Dvorák (concept design); Anna Havlová (social media community support); and Radek Jína (web and graphic designer).
The Czech Republic’s influence as a nexus of social innovation inspired this group of young Czech designers to help non-profit/non-government organizations learn how to communicate their social value to a larger global audience.
“All around the world, Czechs are making positive social change every day. #BlankCzech provides an exciting opportunity for individuals, families, friends, neighbors and colleagues around the world to ‘Invest for Good’ in some great purpose-driven Czech organizations,” says Andrea Bubníková.
#BlankCzech represents a diverse cross-section of social purpose ventures throughout the Czech Republic. The featured organizations include:
Czechitas, which empowers women, girls, parents and children to explore the world of information technology for personal achievement, lifelong learning, professional success; and to inspire new talents for stronger diversity and competitiveness in tech.
Nadání a dovednosti (Talent and Skills), which prepares young adults in children’s homes and foster care for success in their personal and professional lives, through career counseling, internships, vocational education, employment training, job placement and financial literacy.
SKP HOPO, which provides shelter and holistic support for families on society’s margins, and households at-risk of poverty, displacement, or threats to their safety and security.
Slovo 21, which improves understanding of, and respect for, the human rights, dignity, and civil liberties of minority people and marginalized populations within Czech society.
Spiralis, which builds cross-sector collaborations for a strong, healthy and sustainable democratic civil society through social entrepreneurship, nonprofit capacity building, and women’s leadership at the local, regional, national and international level.
Sue Ryder Home, which enriches the lives of aging adults, seniors, and the elderly through home care guidance, residential care options, personal assistance resources, and supportive family counseling all to ensure that every person can age with dignity.
Šafrán dětem (Saffron for Children), which enhances the quality of life for children forced to grow up without their biological families, by working with caregivers and advocates to eliminate separation trauma and social risk factors between facility care and foster home support.
Tichý svět (Silent World), which removes barriers to employment and vocational training for deaf and hard-of-hearing people across the Czech Republic, by developing comprehensive lifestyle support services and expanding social integration within workplaces and the broader labor market.
“We chose ‘#BlankCzech’ to reflect the freedom to make a difference in the world in your own way, while staying true to– and being proud of– our core Czech identity,” adds Bubníková. “Our shared heritage of innovation; our culture of community engagement and volunteering; and our traditions of charity and philanthropy extends across sectors and geographic boundaries to create a vibrant, supportive, and inclusive society.”
On 28 November 2017, #BlankCzech will also build upon Giving Tuesday CZ ( www.giving-tuesday.cz ), the Czech Republic’s annual celebration of charities, volunteers, and communities.
Each year, the global Giving Tuesday movement promotes philanthropy and community service, following Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping activities.
During the end-of-year holiday season, Giving Tuesday CZ encourages Czech-focused giving, donations, and contributions to help support organizations that serve social and community needs.
Through the #BlankCzech website and social media, supporters and donors can connect directly with each organization to engage on social challenges throughout the Czech Republic.
By sharing inspirational stories about the people and communities they serve, #BlankCzech hopes to encourage more Czech organizations to express their purpose and passion for greater social good.
Visit #BlankCzech today at
She is a native of Jablonec nad Nisou (Jablonec) in northern Bohemia.
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