P R O F I L E
Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF) was established in 1994 as a train-the-trainer program in Hungary and Poland for the purpose of enhancing the growth of civil organizations by providing non-profit management and development assistance.
CSDF offers a diverse range of services covering different segments of organizational life. The services include:
As a result of their experience with an intensive training period, the CSDF staff developed training programs adapted to Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Two modes of training are recognized:
Participants of CSDF training programs gain benefits on three levels:
The training sessions are organized in a variety of formats, including one-day training sessions, serialized training sessions in and outside the city of Budapest, several-day consulting courses and intensive Winter and Summer Training Courses (which also include boarding).
According to the CSDF, in 1997 a total of 1,100 people participated in their training programs. Of those, 7 percent belonged to an environmental protection organization. More than 70 foundations or associations were involved in these training programs, including 43 organizations from Budapest and 30 from outside the capital. The trainers found that members of various green movements always worked well together on joint tasks. Many of these members are still collaborating in different fields of CSDF activities. Presently, there are mutual, systematic contacts with the following organizations: Air Workgroup, Green Spider Foundation, Fauna Association and Foundation, Ecoservice and Ecopartner.
In addition to the CDSF's regularly scheduled training programs, they participate in several other programs to assist in the enhancement of contacts and the exchange of experiences, such as Winter and Summer Training Courses, the Mészöly Street Workshop and the special Civil Café events.
In the near future, the CSDF will organize two events:
The Center welcomes anyone who may be interested.
Name: Civil Society Development Foundation (CSDF Hungary)
Type of Organization: Nonprofit, nongovernmental organization
Director: Agnes Zalabai
Board members: Agnes Zalabai, Peter Rado, Janos Vecsenyi
Address: Budapest 1117 Mészöly u. 4. III/3
Tel/Fax: (36-1) 185-3938 or 185-2966
Support from: Charles Steward Mott Foundation, Levi Strauss Europe, Open Society Institute, PHARE Democracy Program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Westminister Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding
Management Training: Organizational planning and management (strategic planning, leadership and decision making, needs assessments); financial planning, project budgeting, fundraising (fundraising techniques, proposal writing in Hungary and for foreign donors); communication (public relations, image development, visual design); human resource management (volunteer management, facilitation of meetings, team building).
Other Activities: Consultancies (assistance of an outside consultant, counseling in different management topics, providing follow up to CSDF trainings as NGO implement the skills learned); publications (manuals complementing and reinforcing the CSDF's training, leaflets on the state of NGOs, directories); forums (networking and dialogue among NGOs, building links with the business and government sector).
Orientation of Training: Local, regional, national and international