The Vodafone Foundation mission is to donate grants for the development of projects with social impacts which improve communities’ quality of life. It intends to encourage time, skills and commitment of Vodafone employees and its partners. The Vodafone Foundation designs, operates and promotes the implementation of initiatives, projects and programs that provide significant contributions and changes on the people’s lives, particularly those in need of education or health care. It also promotes the inclusion culture for the most vulnerable social groups.
Since its establishment, the Vodafone Foundation in Albania is committed to donation of annual grants, reaching an average amount of 52 million ALL each year. Such a commitment enabled the development of more than 200 projects and initiatives implemented in a wide range, both at the regional and national level. There are records of impressive measurable results for beneficiaries of these projects. The experience has created strong partnership bridges between different institutions, including non-profit organizations, government institutions and co- donors who joined those programs.
Funding projects is mainly in the field of education, medical care or supporting marginalized groups in need. It is provided in accordance with well-established procedures for parties that express interest to apply for funding. The funding criteria intend to look primarily to projects of life changing experiences, projects with a greater number of beneficiaries and a wide geographic spread, projects that attract the best expertise offered by civil society institutions and partnership with local or central government, partnerships that recognize and use the advantages and power of communication technology to impact the needs of the beneficiaries, and accomplish better their objectives.
Vodafone Foundation announces annually the call for applications, and provides relevant information to empower the quality of interested parties. It is usually launched 6 weeks before the end of the application round. In order to maximize the quality of the project proposals, guidance sessions are held during this period. Applications submitted are entitled to enter through the assessment process and approval procedures applied by the Foundation governance manual. The Board of Trustees of the Foundation is responsible for project approvals. Furthermore, the Board of Trustees and executive team will diligently follow the stages of project implementation and evaluate the impacts derived from the project approved objectives.
Besides the implementation of its annual grant program, the Vodafone Foundation has responded immediately to aid populations affected by natural disasters or other humanitarian emergency situations, whenever they happened.
The Board of Trustees is the highest decision-making body of the Foundation. The Board is composed of 5 members, out of whom three are appointed internally amongst the employees of Vodafone Albania, and the other two members are proposed and assigned as external candidates by the Vodafone Albania. The representative authority is the Chairman of the Board, appointed by the Board with the majority vote. The Board of Trustees is responsible for approving and implementing the Foundation's strategy, policy/ies, operational procedures, performance evaluation and selection of the project proposals to be funded.
Members of the Board:
Chairman: H.E Mr. Nicholas Cannon;
Vice Chairman: Mrs. Christina Samoulada, Human Resources Director, Vodafone Albania;
Board Member and Treasurer: Mr. Artur Tomini, Finance Director, Vodafone Albania;
Board Member: Mr. David Saunders, Representative UN WOMEN Albania.
Board Member: Mr. Marios Giatzidis, Legal and Regulatory Director, Vodafone Albania.
Foundation executive team manages the office of Vodafone Foundation and its programme. It conducts an annual review of strategy, programs, development of innovative research initiatives. Further, management perform the "Call for Applications", preparation of legal documentation for the implementation of projects, and examines the reports, monitoring and evaluation of projects funded. It also prepares and develops its relevant communication plan.
Vodafone Albania foundation was established by Vodafone Albania sh.a. as a non-profit organization registered with the Tirana Court's Decision No.0257 dated 17 July 2007.