The way to improve professionalism of non-profit organizations in social sphere

14 april 2014

The National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NFPCC) held a roundtable at the Analytical Center with the topic “How to assess the professional capacity of socially oriented non-profit organizations regarding child protection”.

Presenting a project “Studying the professional capacity of civil society organizations in child protection”, the president of the Foundation Alexander Spivak noticed the present possibilities for non-profit organizations to participate in competitions and to get funding for the implementation of social projects. Most regions offer these possibilities, although the lion’s share of budget spent on family support is distributed through the public institutions funding network. To empower nonprofit organizations in this field (non-profit organizations are characterized by high mobility, efficiency, modern approach and organizing new types of social services), it is necessary to be sure in the professionalism of this kind of companies and their personnel or existing possibilities and desire to grow professionally in this field.

“If a subject of the Russian Federation starts to implement progressive system of social services, it will be easier for a non-profit organization to improve its professionalism”, - said in this context the director of Center for development of family types of support for orphans “For the sake of the Future”, Elena Barsukova. “We do not have mass practice of providing services through public organizations”, - thinks the president of community center “Judicial reform” Rustem Maksudov. “Nevertheless, the social institution cannot be regarded as a freestanding structure, we need to discuss the trend to improve professionalism in both state social institutions and non-profit organizations at the same time”.

“The main point is that professionalism should meet the actual demands of target audience and promote the social benefit”, - summarized Alexander Spivak.

Throughout the conversation another roundtable had been held – “Best practices of socially oriented non-profit organizations regarding prevention of social orphanhood: collecting, studying, implementing”, where representatives of non-profit organizations shared their experience in the field.