KONEKT – Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility
Konekt is a citizens’ association, founded in 2008, with the mission to encourage the concept of private donations and social responsibility in terms of an effective and long-term development of North Macedonia.
The Association strives to become the key tool for connecting the donors with the civil sector by creating positive impact on the society and enables the constituents to implement their visions related to the changes they want to see in their communities.
As part of its work, Konekt covers the areas of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship and promotes UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
As the only organization, that comprehensively covers these socially relevant topics, they provide:
- Support for companies in developing a socially responsible business and strategic investment in the community;
- Support for developing a smart and considerate individual and/or family philanthropy;
- Support in the process of building long-term partnerships between NGOs, citizens and companies;
- Positive environment for philanthropy and social responsibility (SR) aimed at achieving real social change.
Continuously involved in initiatives and programs regarding social entrepreneurship, they continuously shape the dialogue around the development of enabling environment for social entrepreneurship in the country. Systematic policy solutions needed for support of social entrepreneurship in our country, but also to raise the awareness of businesses and institutions about how they can support social enterprises.
“We are working on functional ecosystem for social entrepreneurship development by collaborating with all stakeholders: institutions, companies, donors, civil society and media.” – explains the Executive Director of Konekt, Nikica Kusinikova.
They have also organized a series of trainings, lectures, study visits sharing of good practice events on this topic in cities across the country where active and potential social enterprises were introduced to solutions for building a healthy and self – sustainable social enterprise.
“Social enterprises are a great socio-economic model for North Macedonia, creating economic development and offering solutions to different problems in the community and therefore, they should be supported by institutions on both national and local level, companies, civil society and donors.” – adds Viktor Mirchevski, Program Manager at Konekt.
Konekt believes that corporate social responsibility is integrated into the business strategy and allows the enterprise to achieve increased productivity, innovation and long-term sustainable development. That is why Konekt also closely works with companies, which are united in their sustainability goals to offer programs and activities that will help social enterprises. One of the key services in this regard is the match making service Get Connected which nourishes the strategic partnerships between classical businesses, civil society organizations and social enterprises.