When : June 29th - 2pm BST

What if communications were a strategic tool to deliver effective social impact and helped make possible our Theory of Change? What if a new paradigm of communications was radically affecting the way we interact and engage with our stakeholders? What if there were some good examples of organisations that are already succesfully delivering their Theory of Change through impactful communications? We invite you to spend one hour of your time learning and discussing about all of this and much more with Sonia Ruiz, CEO of NOIMA Meaningful Communications, at the webinar “Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Effective Organisations”.

“We are currently living a change of era rather than an era of changes. This webinar is about how the new paradigm of communications is affecting the way we should be doing things. It’s about delivering compelling value propositions through effective communication tools and creating new ways of engaging with our stakeholders that will support our Theory of Change”, Sonia Ruiz.

This webinar is aimed at anybody working in a social organisation that is committed to bringing its Theory of Change to reality such as nonprofits, corporations, entrepreneurs or institutions with a social purpose. The goal of this open and free webinar is to help you deliver your Theory of Change through impactful communications.  


Grupo de Entidades da Economia Social criam a primeira plataforma que dá a conhecer todas as oportunidades de financiamento disponíveis

Respondendo à necessidade de dar a conhecer aos atores da Economia Social todas as oportunidades de financiamento disponíveis e adequadas ao seu perfil, diversas entidades aliaram-se na criação daquela que será a primeira e única plataforma online em Portugal, onde reúne toda esta informação e a disponibiliza de forma personalizada.

Nasce assim, no próximo dia 16 de maio, às 9h30, na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, a Plataforma GEOfundos.

Esta plataforma vem oferecer um serviço personalizado, em que as oportunidades de financiamento, nacionais e internacionais, são disponibilizadas a cada entidade ou iniciativa de acordo com uma segmentação rigorosa e adequada às suas características e com a apresentação de resultados concretos.

Nesta plataforma estão já identificadas mais de 120 oportunidades de financiamento, 40% delas nacionais e 60% internacionais, que representam um valor disponível superior a 500 mil milhões de euros.

A este projeto inovador, que pretende ser um aliado do setor da Economia Social em Portugal, juntaram-se diversas Entidades, formando uma aliança estratégica constituída pela Associação Mutualista – Montepio Geral, Call to Action – Consultoria em Fundraising, CASES, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação EDP, Fundação PT, IES-Social Business School, Stone Soup Consulting e TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento, Entidades que, pela sua experiência de atuação junto do setor, congregam conhecimentos e capacidades para desenvolver um projeto deste tipo e responder às necessidades existentes.

No evento de apresentação, os presentes serão convidados a experimentar a plataforma, testando em primeira mão todas as suas funcionalidades.

Healthcare clowns from the Portuguese charity Operação Nariz Vermelho

By Alejandro Peña, posted on April 28th 2016.

Allow me to share with you a most original and surprising consulting experience that Rosa Matos, Cláudia Pedra, Cristiano Viegas and this humble Argentinean - true, perfect example of an oxymoron - have recently carried out at the Healthcare Clowning International Meeting 2016 that took place last March in Lisbon.  

Stone Soup Consulting’s projects have proved to be anything but standard or orthodox tasks for me. I am getting used to shifting from intense online benchmarking exercises to track how social stock exchanges finance their activities; to testing my networking skills in an international event where NGO staff, academics and global donors play their annual game of beggars and peacocks or even squeezing my brain in a futile effort to understand why twenty micro-NGOs simply cannot help but see a free opportunity to build their managerial capacities as a curse. In my moments of brighter clarity I go beyond the professional learnings garnered from these experiences and engage in the inherent adventure of connecting with other human beings. I strongly believe that working towards social transformation offers us the privilege of being naturally closer to other people’s dreams, fears and loving drive. In this scenario, laughter sometimes appears as the only way out from astonishment, anguish and suffering. Clowns, and particularly healthcare/hospital clowns, really know what I mean.

With our “note taker” hats on we went from one conference room to another, we listened, wrote and conversed with speakers and participants throughout three long days. The clown’s passion, as contagious as it is, permeated the elegant Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian premises and left us with no choice (I know I can speak for my colleagues here) but have a glance into the clown’s soul.

Sustainable Projects for Organisations of the Third Sector - SPOTS

Stone Soup Consulting and Bairros Rede de Desenvolvimento Local are the Portuguese partners of this European project. 

SPOTS European partners meeting in Birmingham - "How to keep things fresh with your funder"

The difficulty in accessing funding is one of the main concerns identified by third sector organisations in Portugal, which receive mostly direct financial support for the development of social intervention projects, having less support for their own training and mechanisms and processes aimed at increasing their organisational and financial sustainability, effectiveness and impact. On the other hand, the assessment shows the notorious difficulty to carry on dialogue at a horizontal level between entities that receive funding and donors nationwide. 

In this context and in its first stage, the SPOTS project aimed at reviewing Third Sector funding, namely the importance of funding directed at projects not organisations; analyse this approach from the donors and the organisations’ perspective; analyse funding constraints between funders and funded organisations; identify the needs of the various actors (in preparation for stage 2 of the SPOTS project, based on a multi-sectorial dialogue). 


Intervening in Portugal, in the Greater Lisbon region, based on a simple and open system of three circles - donors of the Third Sector, Third Sector training entities and Third Sector organisations who are beneficiaries of funding, the SPOTS project proceeded to gather information with participating entities representing the three circles and intersecting areas through ad-hoc methodologies (semi-guided interviews and workshop). This document collects the first results of this research-action project. 


O período de candidaturas aos Prémio Agir da REN terminou.

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