Civil society organizations are having an increasingly important impact on the development of democracy. They create social service models, support provision of better information to the public on the issues of environmental protection, gender, as well as social and political aspects and introducion of liberal values. At the same time, civil society organizations are in the position to present the interests of various groups of citizens and ensure their increased participation in the formation of policy and decision making process.
CTC offers public organizations to support their organizational development; it also tries to stimulate creating the environment for sustainable development.
Because of considerable reliance on international funding, civil society organizations are mostly seeking contacts with donors rather than strengthening their own position in the society and developing network with other sectors. Such circumstances cause scarcity of funds and the low level of legitimacy of the organizations.
When all internatinal donors leave the country, the donors’ burden will significantly be redistributed between the state, public and local business sectors. And in order that the sustainablility of non-governmental organizations maintain positive dynamics in the future, it is important that non-governmental organizations take timely actions for raising alternative funds.
The future development vector implies the expansion of tight and effective networking of public organizations which will enable the increase of cost effectiveness of these organizations and accessibility to common resources. As well as that, they will create the steady social capital for the advocacy of their interests.
Consequently, in the context of the development of civil society, CTC is working primarily in two directions:
Since 2008 CTC has been offering the public a training course on fundraising by sharing international practices. The course is free of charge and is delivered at least twice a year. CTC also renders consulting services. Quite a few consultancies have been delivered so far and as for fundraising, some interesting experience has been accumulated by carrying out 7 blitz-campaigns since 2008.
Besides providing particular technical assistance it is also critical to research public attitudes. With this aim CTC conducted the qualitative research in 2009 in cooperation with ACT. The research has revealed the possible strategies of working with business companies. Conducting research on a larger scale is being planned in the future.
In order to encourage public discussions on the above topic, CTC also cooperates with media. On the initiative of CTC the cover theme was dedicated to the issues of social responsibility and philanthropy in the magazine “Liberal” (72, 18-24.04.2011). Maya Tsiklauri’s article “The Georgian Way of Having Social Responsibility: How do Georgian Business People Understand Social Responsibility?” was published in "Liberali".
In the issue of May, 2011 the magazine “Tskheli Shokoladi” (Hot Chocolate) published Nino Bekishvili’s special project “Culture of Philanthropy”. The article discusses the experience of organizations in the field of charity, such as Tbilisi State Conservatoire (the interview with the principal - Manana Doijashvili), the non-governmental organization “Child and Environment” (the interview with Nana Iashvili) and Tserovani School founded with the support of TBC Bank Fund. Hereby you will see the interview with the CTC director Irina Khantadze.
Establishment of a consolidated public force is the precondition of viability and better legitimacy of civil society organizations. Single organizations functioning under the existence of non-coordinated public sector will have difficulties in initiating effective and large-scale programs and forming strong civil force.
Consequently, the aim of CTC is to support the exchange of opinions between civil organizations and thus facilitate their coalition work. In this particular direction CTC favors holding discussions on urgent issues of public sector development, also networking between actors so that they form a single vision.