THE PRACTICE of donating to non-profit organizations has been stagnating in Slovakia, says a public opinion poll conducted by the Focus polling agency.
The survey's results show that only 46 percent of respondents have supported a non-profit organization or foundation.
Lenka Iľanovská, executive director of Fórum Donorov, the organisation that commissioned the survey, attributed this to the fact that philanthropy does not have the regard or the respect of the general public in Slovakia.
Iľanovská said it is essential that donors fully trust the projects that they are supporting.
"The state of private charitable contributions in Slovakia is in the phase of blind trust," said Iľanovská. "Individual donors have not yet realised their rights and mostly behave reactively. This means that they react to requests for support from organizations and individuals, from which they choose [who to donate to]."
Ninety-one percent of the respondents said that companies that can afford to donate money should support activities that benefit the community. Most of the respondents (89 percent) said that it is right that companies participate in dealing with and solving problems in the society in which they operate.
Fifty-five percent of respondents said that the media gives non-profit organizations sufficient space and regards them as important, and 63 percent of respondents said they do not think that publishing the names of companies that donate to non-profit organizations is a form of hidden promotion.
The Focus agency conducted the survey between April 3 and 10 on a sample of 1,013 respondents. Its goal was to find out how the practice of donating to charities is developing in Slovakia.
Fórum Donorov is a group of legal entities set up in 2000. It is made up of organizations that give grants to groups or individuals in need. The group's goal is to develop culture and strengthen the tradition of philanthropy in Slovakia.
Compiled by Spectator staff from press reportt