OCC shares a compilation of best practices for small and medium-sized NGOs

Non-Governmental Organisations often find their roots in ad hoc responses to identified social issues. Frequently initiated by volunteers, these organisations materialize as a direct solution to urgent problems. This is exactly how the Open Cultural Center (OCC) was created in 2016, when a group of volunteers traveled to Greece in order offer first-response support to the large number of refugee people arriving at the Greek border.

However, for small and medium-scale NGOs like OCC, the path towards sustainability encompasses organizational resilience, community impact, and long-term viability. This guide serves as a tool for the dissemination of insights, strategies, and learnings, to empower NGOs facing similar challenges. By addressing critical facets of sustainability, it aims to equip NGOs not only to navigate challenges but also to anticipate, plan strategically, and contribute substantially to their respective communities.

This guide has been developed under the framework of the European project ‘Training Without Borders’ (TWB), developed between Open Cultural Center Spain and Open Cultural Center Greece. Implemented between December 2021 and November 2023, TWB is dedicated to improving cooperation between the two teams while learning from each other.

This Environmental Sustainability Plan was developed under the framework of the project Training Without Borders 2021-1-ES02-KA153-YOU-000011906. This project has been co-funded by the European Union.