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Happy birthday and national success, CCF!

The Civil Col­l­e­ge Foun­da­ti­on has been wor­king for com­mu­ni­ti­es in Hun­gary for 25+1 years. During this time, it has been pro­ven count­less times that only com­mu­ni­ti­es can add­ress and sol­ve prob­lems, issues and bring abo­ut change.

CCF birth­day

The­ir pro­fes­si­o­nal buil­ding has rea­ched a new level: they have chang­ed the­ir basic model. They no lon­ger pro­vi­de just pro­fes­si­o­nal assis­tance to seve­ral com­mu­ni­ti­es, but the­ir seni­or com­mu­nity orga­ni­zers sup­port nati­on­wi­de coa­lit­ions with the­ir orga­ni­zing work.

They are wor­king for sys­te­mic chan­ge, hel­ping nati­o­nal caus­es succ­e­ed in edu­ca­ti­on, soci­al and envi­ron­men­tal are­as, and have laun­ched a faith-bas­ed orga­ni­zing program.

For all this work has been gre­atly hel­ped by (among other things) the expe­ri­en­ce of the hug­ely succ­ess­ful three-year nurs­ing cam­pa­ign (which has led to a sig­ni­fi­cant inc­re­a­se in sup­port for parents caring for the­ir sick child­ren at home)

It can now be said that they are behind almost every visib­le civil cam­pa­ign, or vice ver­sa: the work of all the coa­lit­ions they sup­port is highly pub­li­ci­zed and mobi­li­zes nati­o­nal level.

The­ir “STOP High Pri­o­rity Investments!” cam­pa­ign’s main objec­tive is to draw attent­ion to the opa­ci­ty and envi­ron­men­tal deg­ra­da­ti­on of high pri­o­rity investments, the dis­re­gard for the inte­rests of local res­idents and pro­fes­si­o­nal cri­te­ria, and the abuse of that accom­pany pro­jects. After local NGO’s a gro­up of pro­mi­nent archi­tects joined the cam­pa­ign to defend the archi­tec­tu­ral values of Buda Castle. Coa­lit­ion mem­bers are also speak­ing at each other’s events, dra­wing attent­ion to the fact that the prob­lem has com­mon roots and that a solu­ti­on can be found together.

The Gre­at Lakes Coa­lit­ion is pri­ma­rily a coa­lit­ion of civil acti­vists, gro­ups and orga­ni­za­tions from Lake Bala­ton, Lake Fer­tő, Lake Tata, and Lake Velen­ce, who have them­sel­ves for­med to pro­tect one of the Gre­at Lakes. They moni­tor and eva­lu­a­te the cur­rent lake­front investments from an envi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­ti­on pers­pec­tive, espe­ci­ally the local and nati­o­nal regu­la­ti­on and deci­si­on-mak­ing processes. 

The Water Coa­lit­ion is also a nati­on­wi­de orga­ni­za­ti­on, with 10 rele­vant NGOs and 5 trade unions wor­king toget­her to map and imp­ro­ve the water supply situ­a­ti­on in Hun­gary. Its mem­bers are civil soci­ety and trade unions that have iden­ti­fi­ed the gro­wing water supply prob­lems in the­ir com­mu­ni­ti­es and have joined the­ir for­ces to find solutions.

The edu­ca­ti­on team of the Cha­in Reac­ti­on for Soci­al Chan­ge pro­ject is wor­king on a dig­ital edu­ca­ti­on strategy invol­ving pro­fes­si­o­nals, scho­ols, and parent organizations.

Hap­py birth­day CCF!