What`s New This Year
By Ilenia Ventroni
Hello Everyone! First of all, introductions: I am Ilenia, the new Advocacy, Fundraising and Project Officer for YMCA Europe. That’s right, YMCA Europe is now present and active in Brussels, the capital of Europe, and seat of the most important European Institutions.
I am here to provide added value to our movements, bringing their interests to European Institutions and finding more opportunities to raise funds and strengthen them.
This is where policies are made, and most of all, this is where laws that affect what we do and funding opportunities that allow us to do it are created. It is very important that YMCA, like all other major NGOs (notably the Big 6) takes its place here in Brussels and gets its voice heard. The decision-making process can be influenced by what we have to say, and this is what Advocacy takes care of. Laws that decide what we can do (and what funds we can get for it) can get influenced by our activities. Moreover, being in Brussels allows us to learn in advance about funding opportunities that will be open in the future, allowing us to prepare on time. Alerting you on new funding possibilities and assisting you in the application process is among the things we will do in terms of Fundraising and Projects. The funding analyzed will be coming from the EU and also from the Council of Europe.
What can you find here?
In this first month I had the opportunity to speak with some of our movements and to hear about their activities and their needs, a very important tool for my job. The national movements are at the very center of the Brussels office activity.
This newsletter will be my way to reach all of you and keep you updated about:
1 – Policy developments which will affect you;
2 – Funding opportunities you can take advantage on;
3 – Updates on what we are doing in terms of advocacy.
So, here we are, ready for our Brussels journey!