SOLIDARNA's Founders

SOLIDARNA’s founders are its most precious asset, in terms of ideas, social contacts and commitment to build a new resource base for human rights activist from “bottom up”.  They include a diverse group of activists, political analysts, academics, artists as well as six renowned civil society organisations that are committed to supporting SOLIDARNA’S organizational growth, under the statutory provision that they as founders cannot get preferential treatment in SOLIDARNA’s grant-giving nor can they take part in the governance bodies of SOLIDARNA if applying for its grants.  

Individual founders of SOLIDARNA include: Dražen Lalić, Tomislav Tomašević, Vedran Horvat, Vesna Teršelič, Ivan Zidarević, Viktor Vučetić, Teodor Celakoski, Tomislav Domes, Bernard Ivčić, Tin Gazivoda, Mladen Majetić, Igor Roginek, Ivana Zanze, Nadežda Čačinovič, Urša Raukar, Vili Matula, Nicole Kwiatkowski, Vanja Škorić, Berto Šalaj, Teodor Petričević, Petra Rodik, Gordan Bosanac, Sandra Benčić, Ivan Novosel, Suzana Kunac, Nataša Škrbić, Nenad Zakošek, Ivan Blažević, Martina Horvat, Sanja Sarnavka, Dražen Hoffmann, Goran Jeras, Nives Miošić-Lisjak, Sara Lalić, Marina Škrabalo, Tea Škokić, Blaženka Sečkar, Vesna Mihoković Puhovski, Nenad Puhovski, Zoran Grozdanov, Ilinka Serdarević, Silvia Žufić Dujmović, Sunčica Damjanović, Nataša Vajagić, Fani Bugarin Šoljan, Sniježana Matejčić, Jelena Berković and Mirjana Matešić.

Organizational founders of SOLIDARNA include: Centre for Civil initiatives Poreč, Citizens' Human Rights Committee, Centre for Peace Studies, Centre for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights Osijek, Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past and Association Terra.

SOLIDARNA's Board was elected by its founders for the mandate 2016- 17, representing a creative mix of competences, united by enthusiasm and commitment to SOLIDARNA’s mission and growth:


  • Urša Raukar, Board president, renowned actress and activist engaged in Right to City initiative,

  • Mirjana Matešić, Board deputy president, sustainable development expert, director of the Croatian Council for Sustainable Business Development,

  • Sandra Benčić, human rights activist and lawyer, head of Economy and Human Rights program of the Centre for Peace Studies,

  • Goran Jeras, director of the Cooperative for Ethical Financing and initiator of the first ethical bank in Croatia,

  • Vanja Škorić, legal expert for non-profit law and access to information, currently working for European centre for Non-profit Law, former legal advisor of GONG.