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9 November 2021

Join experts from 10 countries who will share their experience over 19 hours in live digital conversation across 9 time zones.

The Bulgarian conference includes 4 sessions with focus on Bulgaria with the participation of companies and non-government organizations with sustainable and innovative social programmes and will announce the results from two surveys on donation practices.

BCause Foundation will host a national conference, dedicated on philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, which will be held in Sofia.

The event is part of a one of a kind international symposium on philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, which will be hosted by members of the Charities Aid Foundation network in Australia, Brazil, India, South Africa, Russia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Turkey and Bulgaria.


Key topics

The Future of Philanthropy post COVID-19

Cross-border giving to and from Bulgaria

Employee Community Engagement in Bulgaria

Local partnerships with NGOs


Target audience

Bulgarian and international companies, Bulgarian companies, working in the USA, the Bulgarian diaspora across Europe and the USA.


Organizer in Bulgaria

BCause Foundation – 25 years of effective support for philanthropy.



Registration for the event is mandatory, both for online and live participants. Registered participants will receive access to the platform, at which the live meetings will be held.


(in progress)

12.00 - 12.40

Press-conference: Presenting the Bulgarian Diaspora Giving Practices Survey

Stoyan Mihaylov from Junction Bulgaria research agency and Elitsa Barakova will present the survey’s findings which attempts to describe our our fellows countrymen outside Bulgaria as givers and volunteers. We will show which are the most frequently chosen areas of support, how givers donate most often, what motivates donors and what stops non-donors, what job and generally who is the donor abroad.

(cocktail appetizers will be served)

(in Bulgarian)

13.00 - 13.30


Ted Hart, President & CEO of CAF America and CAF Canada, CEO of CAF International

Elitsa Barakova, CEO of BCause Foundation

Gilbert McCaul, Chair of the British Bulgarian Business Association

Andrea Brouillette-Rodriguez, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Bulgaria


(in Bulgarian with English interpretation)

Watch live:



13.30 - 14.30

Increasing corporate philanthropic footprint together with employees

Moderator: Polina Gospodinova, Executive Director at the Bulgarian Association for People


Lyubomir Cholakov, Managing Director, EMEA Commerce CoE, Isobar Commerce

Dilyana Stoyanova, Senior Manager Sponsorship and Events, UniCredit Bulbank

Eva Makedonska, HR Director Chaos Group

Marisa Glassman Schafer, Director of Citizen Philanthropy at VMware

(in Bulgarian with English interpretation)
Watch live:

14.30 - 15.00


Break. Preparation for the global conference.

15.00 - 16.00

Giving and Volunteering among Bulgarian Diaspora

Moderator: Irina Nedeva, Bulgarian National Radio


Elitsa Barakova, CEO of BCause Foundation

Svetoslav Metanov, journalist, OFFnews


with participation of active Bulgarians abroad

Krassimira Dimova, Aprlitsi Foundation, Bulgaria, Austria

Nellie Gipson, Tianaderrah Foundation, New York, NY, USA

Stela Ivanova, Angels for Bulgaria, London, GB

Ivan Dimov, Single Step, Bulgarian Innovation Hub, USA

Daniela Nacheva, Bulgarians in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Nishan Dzhingozyan, Bulgarian Centre for Social Integration and Culture, London, GB


and Representative from Transnational Giving Europe and CAF America

Jessie Kraft, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, CAF America

Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Executive Director, Maecenata Foundation


(in Bulgarian with English interpretation)
Watch live:

16.00 - 17.00

Smart and sustainable – good examples for community programs and employee engagement in Bulgaria

Moderator: Daniel Kiryakov, Communications & Public Affairs Manager, AmCham Bulgaria


Dilyana Yakova, Manager “Regulatory Affairs and Sustainable Development”, Philip Morris Bulgaria

Iliyana Zaharieva, Corporate Communications Director, A1

Bogdana Manova, Director, “Detchitsa” Foundation

Monica Kovachka-Dimitrova, Senior Project Manager & CSR Lead, SAP Labs Bulgaria

(in Bulgarian with English interpretation)

Watch live:

17.00 - 18.00


A glass of wine and informal talks



The event will be streamed online by Stream Event, a long-term partner of BCause Foundation.