Fundatia Danis pentru Dezvoltare Manageriala (Fundatia Danis) is a non-profit organization, established in 2000. Fundatia Danis promotes and supports the professional excellence and social responsibility of current and would-be managers and entrepreneurs, through management development, youth development and entrepreneurship education programmes.
Fundatia Danis main expertise is on youth professional development and entrepreneurship education. In the last fifteen years, Fundatia Danis developed this expertise by working with more than 50 companies (SMEs and multinational companies), involving them in CSR programs focused on internships for university students, apprenticeship projects for vocational high school students , and through entrepreneurship or financial education projects. At the same time, Fundatia Danis worked with young managers and experienced entrepreneurs, in order to involve them more and better in the socio-economic development of the communities where they work.
Annually, Fundatia Danis works with approximately 100-150 young people (16-30 years old). For instance, in 2018, Fundatia Danis had a positive impact in the professional development, entrepreneurship and financial knowledge and competences of more than 140 young people (university students and young entrepreneurs). Moreover, the foundation involved more than 40 managers from companies in the internship and entrepreneurship projects. These projects were almost completely financed and supported by local and multinational companies, and also by European Commission, through Erasmus+ Programme and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme.
So far, Fundatia Danis has been working in multiple Erasmus+ projects on CSR and SMEs supporting youth organizations; social entrepreneurship; digital skills; and media and communication, all targeting young people and youth workers from Europe. Moreover, Fundatia Danis was involved in several training courses for youth workers on CSR & fundraising, storytelling for NGOs, and entrepreneurship, under Erasmus+ Programme.
At the same time, Fundatia Danis has been working as an Intermediary Organization in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme since 2012, organizing so far 83 international exchanges between experienced and new entrepreneurs.
Key person involved in this project:
Paula Beudean, Head of Programmes and Research at Fundatia Danis (Romania), has more than 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector and four years of experience in journalism. She worked for six years at the Romanian Foundation for Children, Community and Family in the field of community development and child protection, developing skills and expertise on fundraising, CSR, PR, community development and child protection. She started to work with Fundatia Danis in 2012, developing expertise on entrepreneurship, fundraising, storytelling, design thinking, digital skills, and youth personal and professional development. Since 2009, she is also working as an authorized trainer, and starting 2008, she has a teaching associate position at “Babeș-Bolyai” University, teaching the Fundraising for NGOs and Marketing for NGOs courses, within the NGOs’ Management Master Program, and also Public Innovation and Using Design Thinking in the Leadership undergraduate program of the same school.
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