The Serbian Philanthropy Forum organized a ceremonial delivery of the spectrometer to the Petnica Research Station, for which funds were collected in the amount of 3.2 million dinars during the celebration of last year’s National Day of giving. The National Day of giving was established at the initiative of the Serbian Philanthropic Forum, and as part of the Project for Improving the Delivery Framework, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Ana Brnabić, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, announced that the Philanthropy Council will also support the National Day of giving this year and that this year again, the focus will be education.
“Our goal is to nurture all future Tesla and Pupin from small and enable them to grow and develop their potentials right here in Serbia, in Petnica, in Scientific Technology Park Belgrade, in NCT parks in Novi Sad and Niš, which are currently in construction, but also many other institutes, faculties and start-up centers, in which we, as the Government of the Republic of Serbia, will invest 100 million euros in the next few years. ”
The Prime Minister thanked all representatives of companies who recognized the importance of investment in science and education, as well as to all civil society organizations, and to all individuals, citizens of the Republic of Serbia, who participated in the collection of 3.2 million dinars for this innovative device.
Brnabic thanked the Coalition for charity, led by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, for their commitment to philanthropy, and USAID, to support this program and assist the Government of Serbia and to create the best possible conditions for a philanthropic society, because Serbia is a country of good people which make good works.
Mike de la Rosa, USAID Mission Director in Serbia, expressed hope that in the coming years there will be more such events in connection with the National Day of giving and that investments in education and other similar goals will continue.
Vigor Majić, director of the Petnica Research Center, conveyed his belief that the National Day of giving to encourage giving and gathering companies, foundations and individuals to pool funds for some specific purpose is a wonderful thing.
Veran Matic, member of the Board of Directors of the Serbian Philanthropic Forum, said that the Coalition for Charity together with the Philanthropy Council, led by Serbian Prime Minister Anne Brnabić, would set the foundations for the enrichment of philanthropy and charity.
The Spectrometer will help in the development of knowledge and talents of more than 400 young students of this research center annually. Spectrometer is a multifunctional mobile device that simply identifies chemical substances and compound compounds. It is used in biomedicine, geology, ecology, astronomy, chemistry, archeology, and art.
This event is part of the Project to Improve the Grant Framework, financially supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the Coalition for Charity, led by the Ana Foundation and Vlade Divac Foundation. Other members of the coalition are the Trag Foundation, Catalyst Balkans, SMART Collective, the Serbian Philanthropy Forum, the Forum for Responsible Business and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.