On the Human Rights Day the SOLIDARNA Foundation presented itself to the public

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“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


SOLIDARNA is the first private foundation in the Republic of Croatia founded by 55 individuals and associations to support autonomy and sustainability of civic action in promoting and protecting fundamental freedoms, social and economic justice, the environment, public goods, democracy and the rule of law.

On the occasion of presenting of SOLIDARNA to the public, in Zagreb's Cinema Europe, Urša Raukar, chairwoman of The Foundation Board, explained the motivation behind the launch of the foundation: "Foundation SOLIDARNA was founded with the desire to encourage and enable everyone to donate their knowledge, time, good will and money for joint creation of better society".

SOLIDARNA founders believe that the promotion and protection of all levels of human rights - from the fundamental freedom of expression, assembly and association to the right to work, home, the healthy environment and public goods - requires sustained effort, creativity and resistance to all kinds of pressure. Nurturing domestic humanitarian philanthropy is indispensable. That is why they decided to launch a different fund:

  •        A community-based foundation which is focused on the community - individuals and initiatives that are actively working to protect human rights.
  •        A foundation that wants to change the perception of human rights, connect all generations of human rights and help to solve the problems that both minorities and majorities are struggling.
  •       A foundation which measures its value in social, and only then financial capital.
  •       A foundation that wishes to enrich various goods - money, knowledge, work, time, information - which come from different directions.
  •        A foundation that values quality more than quantity.
  •        A foundation which is built on trust and cooperation and does not hide behind bureaucracy.
  •        A foundation that wants to connect domestic and foreign funding sources, including democratic diaspora.
  •        A foundation that is open to experimental collaborative management and support models, but without compromise on transparency, fairness and accountability.

A member of the Foundation Board, Mirjana Matešić, said she believes that SOLIDARNA will fill the lack of mechanisms that would channel the existing space for strengthening the support of citizens, the business sector and the media to protect human rights in the direction of human rights initiatives in a fast, clear and transparent manner. "We want to become a reliable partner to donors from all social groups as a mediator and catalyst for resource mobilization, we support the development of autonomous initiatives to protect human rights and through that we want to contribute to addressing social problems."

The initial phase of the Foundation SOLIDARNA development was financially supported by the EEA and Norway Grants program, in co-operation with the National Foundation for Civil Society Development under the "Philanthropy for human rights" project. The project made it possible to define priorities and donation programs in consultations with organizations across Croatia, the development of procedures and decision-making and management mechanisms and the internal organization of business processes. In addition, the project is also focused on the development of relations with the business sector, donors and citizens for the purpose of attracting funds, and an online donor platform is launched, which SOLIDARNA will provide to the funds users for their additional self-funding.

On the occasion of presenting of  SOLIDARNA to the public, the first public tender for financial support "Secondary out loud!" has been announced, whose funds have been raised through donations of citizens to support women's initiatives throughout Croatia for political, economic and social equality of women and freedom of expression.

In a thematic discussion on the global, local and personal challenges of human rights work, with the guidance of Vilim Matula and Maja Sever, participants were Gordan Bosanac (Center for Peace Studies), Journalist Ivana Dragičević, Vesna Teršelić (Documenta), Željka Vrbaslija (Union New Solidarity) and Tomislav Domes (Klubtura and Right to the City), and a new campaign "Good Hosts: Lets Support Young Creative People without a Home!" was presented to the public and it invites citizens and various art programs to support the creativity of young creators without adequate parental care and young refugees with instruments, equipment, training and donations.

The promotion of SOLIDARNA Foundation has been supported by its founders, supporters and public figures from the sphere of culture, the economy, the academic community, civil society and politics, as well as numerous citizens and citizens who have recognized that solidarity begins with a meeting!