The Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund programme in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.
Bodossaki Foundation is one of the most respected privately owned public-benefit organisations in Greece. It was established in 1972 by Prodromos – Bodossakis Athanassiades, who decided to donate his entire fortune in order to promote the provision of health care, equality of opportunity, education, scientific progress and the protection of the environment. Bodossaki Foundation has deep knowledge of the non-profit sector in Greece and has managed since its inception more than €400m that has been spent placing great emphasis on decreasing inequality of opportunity; on contributing to the education of young people; on improving medical and research infrastructure and on promoting environmental protection. The Foundation also supports the work of NGOs that treat socially vulnerable groups and has lately set the strengthening of civil society as one of its primary objectives.
SolidarityNow (SN) is a non-governmental organization established in 2013 to respond to the needs, and advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, indiscriminately. SN’s Headquarters are in Athens, with large operations in Thessaloniki and activities across the country. The organization’s vision is to improve people’s lives and to empower them to create a just and inclusive society. SN’s actions fall under three main strategic priorities: a) Promoting safety and protection; b) Catalyzing livelihoods opportunities; c) Strengthening the independence of civil society and defending open society values. SN has supported 300,000 people to date, both through direct project implementation and through regranting programmes. Through its regranting initiatives, SN has supported 73 different programs and provided a total funding of € 14.4M to support Greek civil society organizations.