Choose to Help Campaign Raises Funds for 15 Significant Causes

  •  November 17, 2021

Since 2009, Raiffeisenbank donation initiatives have supported a total of 283 health, social, cultural and eco-projects with over BGN 3.5 million 

The annual donation campaign of Raiffeisenbank Choose to Help raises funds to support 15 new significant causes in the fields of health, social activities, culture and education, environmental protection. The initiative is held for the 13th consecutive year, and since 2009 the bank, employees and the public have supported a total of 283 projects with over BGN 3.5 million. 

The focus of the selected projects is on the timely prevention of the effects of Covid-19, support for at-risk social groups – women, children and the elderly, protection of cultural and historical heritage, protection of forests and ecosystems, as well as bettering eco-education among adolescents. 

Institutions and organizations from all over the country that raise funding for their projects in Choose to Help 2021 are the National Archaeological Museum, Rila Monastery, Military Medical Academy, the First Three Minutes Foundation, Bulgarian Christmas, multidisciplinary hospitals in Montana and Kardzhali, the Bulgarian Fund for Women, Caritas Bulgaria, Concordia Bulgaria, H. Stepich Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, For Our Children Foundation, South-Eastern Bulgaria and Shumen Plateau Nature Park. 

Detailed information about all 15 causes is available at www.izberi.rbb.bg.

“To make the world better together – this is where Raiffeisenbank employees, organizations and people who are involved in the causes of the campaign find meaning and motivation. Each of these 13 years of history of Choose to Help has left an impact in different parts of Bulgaria and has marked the stories of many people. After the extraordinary 2020, when we gave priority support to doctors at the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, we are now reopening the donation campaign for a wider range of those in need. We are proud and responsible to continue the campaign, in which the public has great confidence and is more and more actively involved,” said Oliver Rögl, Chairman of the Board of Raiffeisenbank. 

Traditionally, most of the funds in the donation campaign are raised by the bank and the employees of the Raiffeisen Group in Bulgaria, and in recent years the amount raised by the general public has also increased. Donations for the selected project can be made easily through the platform izberi.rbb.bg and the option “Donate with a bank card” – a link to the virtual POS terminal is located under each project included in the campaign. The other option for supporting the causes is through the mobile application RaiMobile, Raiffeisen ONLINE or by bank transfer directly to the account of the respective organization. 

The Bulgarian Fund for Women’s campaign, Solidarity in Action aims to support women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. This is a topic that remains hidden behind closed doors, while every third Bulgarian woman is a victim of violence. Every two weeks, a woman in Bulgaria is killed by her former or current husband/partner or relative. 

You can support our campaign with a donation HERE

With the raised amount, the Bulgarian Fund for Women will support crisis and counselling centres throughout the country, which help the women and their children on a daily basis and provide them with temporary shelter, psychological and legal support, humanitarian aid and what\s necessary to start a new life and getting out of a toxic relationship. The funds will be used for the provision of psychological, social and legal services; improvement of living conditions and urgent repairs in the Crisis Centers; purchase of disinfectants and personal protective equipment related to the control of Covid-19; covering PCR tests; provision of food, clothing, medicine; fees for medical services, etc.  

In May 2020 the Bulgarian Fund for Women initiated an Emergency Fund for Combating Domestic Violence in the conditions of COVID-19, within which it managed to directly support 499 women and their children by providing the collected funding of BGN 73,192 to 14 crisis and counselling centres throughout the country. See more about the results and the effect HERE

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