Philosophy of Intervention

ADVICE AND FUNDING

NGOs and SOCIAL COMPANIES’ ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE (pro bono)

  • management optimization,
  • creation of monitoring charts and result measurement indicators, 
  • assistance in fund-raising 

AN ACCELERATOR OF BOTH “SOCIETAL” AND ECONOMICAL SUSTAINABILITY. 

Mainly by interest-free loans for a term of 5 to 7 years, Demeter supports programs that enable:

  • the creation of social enterprises or integration activities that can become partly or wholly self-funded through the development of income generating activities,
  • the social reinsertion of disadvantaged population, 
  • the access to longer term funding for the NGO or social enterprise during its expansion phase, with a view to its reaching financial self-sufficiency.

ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

Demeter founders, together with the leaders of the supported humanitarian programs, are actively engaged at several levels:

  • ad-hoc assistance,
  • organization or participation in management committees,
  • active role  in government bodies (Investment Committee or Management Board)

FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE.

  • The foundation strives to always distinguish the role of the investor/funder (Demeter) and the entrepreneur (the association’s management board). Demeter is never the project´s operator. 

OPERATIONS MONITORING

  • The members of the foundation work as a two-person team on each program,
  • The monitoring process is composed of at least 2 annual information meetings,
  • Reporting is often informal, but always done on a regular basis, guaranteeing coherence and coordination with the foundation´s actions.