At the end of the summer, we evaluate the first results of the belONG program (Today small NGOs, tomorrow sustainable NGOs). After the training sessions dedicated to fundraising strategies, communication and storytelling for crowdfunding, which took place in June and July, the organizations that are part of the program started participating in mentoring sessions, in order to design and run their own fundraising campaigns.

In two months, 12 organizations had 20 mentoring sessions, which means more than 30 hours of fundraising and communication for the development of their social impact projects. You may be wondering what mentoring sessions are. Well, it is a series of meetings that the NGOs have with the project experts in fundraising and communication, who give them recommendations and suggestions so that they can put into practice the know-how they obtained in the trainings and raise the funds they need to bring the change in their communities. In short, NGO representatives bring ideas, motivation and energy, and mentors help them create a plan and provide support in implementing the organization’s fundraising and communication strategy.

Within the project, each of the NGOs will develop three fundraising campaigns, in order to diversify their funding sources and reach financial sustainability. Some of the organizations have already started their fundraising campaigns (for projects in the field of education and mental health).

To follow the progress of the project and the NGOs in the program, keep an eye on our Facebook page!

The project “Today small NGOs, tomorrow sustainable NGOs” was conceived as a response to the problem of the lack of financial resources in Romanian small NGOs. Its aim is to increase the financial capacity and sustainability of civil society, by improving their skills of promotion and development of fundraising and crowdfunding strategies.


The project is implemented by Civitas Foundation for Civil Society Cluj in partnership with Norsensus Mediaforum and benefits from a 100.000,00 euro grant from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014 -2021. The content of this page does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at

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