The Organisation for the Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA is an animal welfare and nature protection organization working in Serbia. In 2018, Ms. Ljubinka Vivcar, who had been using the services provided by ORCA’s Counselling office for animal protection, kindly left us a 35-square meter apartment after she passed away. Legacy giving is extremely rare in Serbia, especially legacy giving to CSOs. ORCA set up a crowdfunding campaign to turn this apartment into the first student home for animal and nature protection, raising funds for its renovation from 200 individual and business donors. This campaign also inspired three further legacy gifts to our organization, which is revolutionary in this part of Europe. Building on this success, we are establishing an endowment fund within our organization to promote legacy giving in Serbia and the Western Balkans region. Our work represents the first signs of a reaffirmation of what is a glorious tradition in Serbia and the surrounding region dating back to the end of the 19th century.
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